As the Head of Asset Protection you will be responsible for leading and directing the development and continuous improvement of the Route's asset protection strategy, driving successful delivery of asset protection activities to required scope and quality. You will lead the Route transformation plan for asset protection & optimisation aligning this with external client objectives whilst meeting stakeholder requirements. You will also direct highways interface activities across the route and oversee liaisons with local authorities, public utilities and statutory undertakers.
*Lead and direct the development, implementation and continuous improvement of the routes strategy for asset protection and optimisation activities.
*Manage and direct the provision of a professional, world class, efficient and effective service to our clients, including authority, project monitoring and discharge of commercial authorities as delegated, reporting systems in accordance with industry and company standards and guidelines.
*Lead and supervise works as required, including the provision of sponsorship, project support and technical advice for asset protection of outside (excluding sponsorship) and third party schemes and assurance they are delivered to defined requirements.
*Lead and direct the routes highways interface activities, managing the specification of requirements to comply with relevant legislation and the provision of specialist advice, assurance and guidance to deliver the routes obligations to internal and external customers.
*Work collaboratively with route sponsorship and business development teams to develop end to end specifications and processes that support the delivery of third party requirements and excellent customer service enabling consistent stakeholder management for all external parties.
*Develop and maintain strong strategic networks with clients, Routes and partners to achieve mutually beneficial relationships that enable effective project delivery, asset protection support and assurance. Evaluate and monitor opportunities for shared value and optimisation of resources and capabilities.
*Identify and where appropriate act as internal client / sponsor and facilitate the discharge of the duties assigned as detailed within the Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations for the programme of projects allocated, including gaining necessary internal sign off, and design and construction reviews.
*Lead and direct the interface with Commercial Property for their land clearance proposals, leased property alterations that impact NR assets, and for external planning applications for land use by external parties, whilst safeguarding Network Rail's infrastructure and operational requirements.
*Manage the interface with outside and third party schemes, including those exercising their rights under New Roads & Street Works and associated legislation. Promote effective relationships and communications with external customers, managing expectations.
*Direct specification of safety, technical advice and conditions consistent with relevant policies and standards. Manage mitigation of engineering and safety risk associated with outside and third party activities including leading on internal ASPRO assurance activities and provision of project management advice in respect of construction activities, including testing, commissioning and site supervision.
*Input to the development of supply strategies, framework contracts, development of business standards and briefing to the teams. Provide input to the business planning process and production of the possession plan.
*Identify areas for continuous improvement and share best practice across national asset protection & optimisation and highways interface teams utilising the Asset Technical Review meetings.
*Undertake accident investigations when remitted to by the relevant designated competent person.
Key Experience and Qualifications:
*Member of relevant professional body or equivalent experience
*Successful experience in a senior management role with proven leadership capabilities
*Able to drive and role model cultural and behaviour change within Asset Protection & Optimisation.
*Successful experience of delivering cultural and behavioural change
*Proven successful experience in project and contract management
*Able to demonstrate an in depth knowledge of safety regulations (particularly CDM, safety management systems and risk assessment techniques)
*Able to demonstrate an understanding of Highways Interface processes including public, common, contractual and railway legislation affecting street works, and New Roads and Street Works legislation and associated codes of practice
*Demonstrable influencing and leadership skills
*Demonstrable excellent stakeholder management and communication skills
*Demonstrable sound knowledge of the railway industry
*Detailed understanding of investment processes and procedures
*Competent in Accident Investigation