Network Rail

Quantity surveyor Year in Industry Placement

Company info:

A career as bright and unique as you are - Standout graduate opportunities with Network Rail

Our vision is a better railway for a better Britain

We aim to deliver a railway that is safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever before, to help build a thriving, sustainable economy.   

Britain’s railway does more than transport passengers and goods. It brings people and businesses closer together, which creates new jobs, opens up new markets and stimulates economic growth. We want to provide the best possible service to everyone who relies on the railway – passengers, train operating companies and businesses nationwide. Rail is vital to Britain's future.

More to us than meets the eye

There’s more to our organisation than you might have imagined. Although rail is a huge part of our business, we’re also one of the largest land and property owners in the UK. We manage a huge property portfolio that includes 18 of the biggest stations in Britain, the retail outlets inside them, and the small businesses that live under their arches. Sales at some of our stations have even been outperforming the high street.

We’re also behind some of the biggest, most innovative projects in the country – from the world’s largest solar bridge at Blackfriars through to electrification and HS2. Pioneers in advanced technology, our technical team invented the use of HD cameras to identify track wear-and-tear more efficiently. We’re also responsible for the 17,000km-long fibre optic network that powers our trackside signals, telephones and electrical systems. We do all this whilst maintaining safety as our number one priority.

Our rail network is the fastest growing and safest in Europe. But we still have work to do to create a railway fit for 21st century Britain. We’re investing more than £47bn in developing our infrastructure so that we can deliver more services and better journeys. This is the largest programme of sustained investment in the railway that Britain has ever seen, presenting an abundance of opportunities for ambitious and enthusiastic people like you to make an impact.

Job Description:

If you’re self-motivated, comfortable with change and unfazed by challenges, our Quantity Surveyor  year in industry placement programme might be for you.

Back that up with plenty of drive, energy and passion, and you’ll be able to influence where we go next as well as exploring all sorts of new opportunities for your career.

You’re a team player with solid communication skills. Skilled in customer service and financial management, you have strong attention to detail. You’re proficient in Microsoft Office applications. You have Knowledge of the construction industry and related supply chains, including commercial and contract administration processes.

You’ll be part of the function that looks after everything from the traditional ballast and sleepers to cutting edge technical services. Throughout your placements you’ll develop your skills by supporting the commercial management of contracts, building supplier relationships and delivering the physical supply chain that underpins our infrastructure projects. You’ll spend time working through the various stages of the competitive tender process, carrying out site visits, chairing meetings and keeping a close eye on costs. Ultimately, you’ll be helping us maintain our high safety standards, eliminate business risk and achieve financial savings.

Person Specification:

We’re looking to invest in graduates who are committed to making a difference, to help transform Britain's rail infrastructure, transport network and economy for the 22nd century.

  • You’ll be dedicated, enthusiastic and focussed on fulfilling your potential as a leader of the future. With bags of initiative, you’ll go out of your way to discover new challenges and find out more about our organisation.
  • You’ll take responsibility for your own personal growth and development, seeking out opportunities to learn and build your own career path.
  • You approach your work with a steely determination and prioritise safety at all times.
  • You’re a good listener and enjoy learning from others. You’re not afraid to speak up, ask questions and share your own creative ideas.
  • You’re ambitious, driven and like to push yourself outside your comfort zone, yet always remain calm under pressure.
  • You must be in your penultimate year and be on a course to achieve at least a 2:2 Degree in Quantity Surveying from an RICS accredited course.

We’re looking for people with plenty of drive, who are comfortable with change and who enjoy having autonomy. If that sounds like you, you’ll be able to shape your own career just as much as you’ll be able to help shape our future.

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