Business Change Manager
Are you an experienced finance professional who can manage and analytically influence at the highest level? Do you want to play a pivotal part in delivering the Thameslink Programme for the Government, passengers and the UK economy? If so we'd love to hear from you as we're currently looking for a Business Change Manager to join our Cross London Marketteam. This role sits within the Cross London Market team, working on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) and the Southeastern franchises. The scale and complexity of the rail franchising programme is extensive and the financial values can run into GBPbillions. As the Business Change Manager you will be responsible for evaluating and assessing change proposals to evolve the franchise, examining the economic business case, their affordability, and the potential benefits to passengers. You will lead on putting forward recommendations including the commercial position that should be adopted by the Department. You will be responsible for understanding the financial performance of the franchises, monitoring, reviewing and challenging as required. Responsibilities andaccountabilities • Leading on the management, evaluation and appraisal of a number of changes that are anticipated during the contract life, including those related to the Thameslink Programme, putting forward recommendations as to the commercial position that should be adopted by the Department. In doing so, the post-holder will draw upon and manage internal and external virtual teams e.g. the Thameslink Programme office, other analysts and policy colleagues as appropriate. • Building and maintaining collaborative senior level relationships with the franchisees to ensure that passengers get the services they need and deserve, maximising revenue and passenger benefits while minimising risk to the taxpayer and thereby protecting the long term value of the franchise. • Leading the monitoring, reviewing, questioning and challenging of the financial performance of the franchises. Ensuring that the franchise has appropriate plans in place to maximise revenue and grow the franchise. • With the Department being on full revenue risk for the TSGN franchise, lead on the management of the contractual revenue obligations - Fares setting rounds, Marketing Plan and Ticketless Travel • Leading on the assessment and delivery of smart ticketing initiatives including KeyGo. • Proactively managing risks to the department's budget including active management of any Secretary of State risks set out in the contracts. • Leading on the monitoring and management of the contractual performance and financial metrics, including: in relation to the KPI's / Metrics set to incentivise the train company to grow revenue, improve train service performance and improve service quality on trains and stations. • Manage the preparation, submission and sign off of the annual business plans, periodic forecasts and franchise payments. • Develop, support and contribute to the Rail group's long term financial forecasting • This role will support the mobilisation of the new LSER franchise, due to start in 2018 and may involving closing out the current LSER franchise. • The post holder will be responsible for the line management of two staff, who will, respectively, support in the analysis of business changes and to provide expert advice on fares and revenue management within the TOC. About you As the ideal candidate you will have a strong finance and commercial acumen and hold a recognised accountancy qualification. You will be able to demonstrate extensive experience of leading the development and implementation of significant, large scale, complex, high risk, high value projects and programmes. You must possess first class communication skills with the ability to build strong networks and influence across sectors, in addition to working well in a political environment. Knowledge of the structure and workings of the rail industry would be highly advantageous, however not essential. About us Rail Group is a single, integrated body established by the Department for Transport to take UK's railway into the future, and to put passengers at the heart of the journey. With billions of pounds of government funding behind us and strong leadership in place, we have an unprecedented opportunity to drive things forward. Passenger Services is responsible for covering the whole of the rail franchise life-cycle from procurement through to day to day management and has committed to putting passengers at the heart of what it does. To find out more information and to apply, please click the APPLY button. Closing date: 2 October 2017.