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Development & Readiness Project Manager

Do you have drive, enthusiasm, and a passion to help take the North further? If yes, then come and be part of our amazing team here at TransPennine Express.

We are an intercity train company connecting people and communities across our cities and major towns in the North of England and Scotland.  Together we will continue to transform rail travel with faster, easier journeys that offer a step change in services with our fleet of new high-tech trains.

The North is a vibrant place to live and work and here at TransPennine Express our services are helping to keep the country moving.  If you want to be involved in something truly transformative, that will have a lasting impact on how we travel, then please join us, and help us to take the North further.

As Timetable Development and Readiness Business Lead / Project Manager within the service planning and performance  directorate, you will manage the development and delivery of our new timetables, working closely with our  fleet, operations and customer service, project and business assurance teams.  The role will lead timetable readiness, and represent TPE at Industry timetable development and readiness forums and meetings. With the scale of change in our railways, there is more focus timetable readiness that directly impacts upon overall performance and deliverability of timetable, We are investing in our capability and capacity to ensure that we deliver high performing services to meet the needs of our customers. This is an exciting opportunity for a Project Manager to make a real difference.

To do this you will have a good understanding of Timetable and Track Access requirements and processes, along with a knowledge of general railway operations to support the ongoing improvements to the TPE customer offering.

You will be proficient in project management skills, highlighting timeframes and any lead time risks, and with your good communication skills, you will lead our internal and external teams to make sure the correct timetable outputs are coordinated and delivery successfully and on time.

You will also work closely both within the planning and performance team but also with all other Business Directorates to aid the development of future timetable and resource changes, in line with Business Plan commitments and required outputs for our client and stakeholders.

Here's a few things you will be doing:

  • Manage the bi-annual timetable change project to lead to the successful delivery of our customer timetable offering, including all aspects of the associated resource plans (trains, traincrews, etc) and implement processes and reporting systems that ensures this successful delivery on time and within budget, in line with the TPE business plan and contractual requirements.
  • Manage timetable development projects, working with, and coaching, the planning and performance teams in the art of successful project management and to introduce processes, rigour and reporting systems that ensures delivery of timetable projects on time and within budget, in line with the TPE business plan and contractual requirements.
  • Manage projects from origin through to completion, assisting with the necessary formal contract changes, for example, Track Access and Station Access, within the contracts team, in compliance with the required Industry protocols and timeframes.
  • Engage relevant Industry partners, including client and third parties, in aspects of timetable development, delivery and readiness.

You will have experience in the full project life cycle, from initial concepts and through to business cases, planning, reporting, delivery, and benefits reviews. This role will involve working with a wide variety of colleagues, stakeholders, and industry partners so a broad understanding of the railway is essential along with strong and proven communication skills. This is an exciting opportunity to deliver a range of projects that can deliver benefits from the outset so to make the most of this opportunity we need you to be passionate, energetic, and ready to hit the ground running.

If this sounds like the opportunity for you, then we'd love to hear from you! please visit FirstGroup Careers, complete an application form and upload a copy of your CV and a Covering Letter.

What we offer?

  • Excellent career prospects.
  • A personal development plan.
  • Fully funded structured training and development*.
  • Competitive salary paid on 4 weekly basis.
  • Generous annual leave entitlement.
  • Free TransPennine Express rail travel for you and your dependants*.
  • Travel discounts of up to 75% off other train operating companies, plus international rail travel after 1 years' service* for you and your dependants*.
  • Friends & family rail and bus travel offers with FirstGroup services*.
  • Free & Confidential Employee Assistance Program and Wellbeing Portal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you with any finance, family, health, or wellbeing issues you have. We make sure there's someone on-hand to offer guidance, advice, and useful information for our people when they are experiencing hardship at work or at home.
  • Option to join the Railway Pension Scheme with significant employer contributions.
  • Family friendly maternity and paternity benefits.
  • Plus, high street and lifestyle discounts as well as a cycle to work scheme*.

*Terms and conditions apply.

 Help take the north further.

Why Work with us?

Our colleagues are from all walks of life with varied personal experiences and career journeys into rail. We want the best people for our roles. We are proud of our region and committed to connecting and reflecting the diverse communities that we serve across the North of England and Scotland. Our values are central to this, especially being ‘Supportive of each other'. As an inclusive employer we value individuals' contributions, regardless of their age, gender, race, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, social background, religion, or belief.

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Bridgewater House - TPE Head Office (Manchester)
7th Floor, Bridgewater House, 60 Whitworth Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M1 6LT
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  • Company:
    TransPennine Express Limited
  • Website Skillset:
    All Other Roles
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    Bridgewater House - TPE Head Office (Manchester)
  • Closing Date:
    3 October 2022
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