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As lockdown restrictions ease and we start to consider travelling again, the future of cross-Channel operator Eurostar remains uncertain.
Eurostar is seeking financial support from the UK Government, citing higher access charges here as a reason.
The French Government has pledged to provide support for the operator, while £200 million has been provided by one of its shareholders, Caisse de Dépôt et Placement du Québec (CDPQ) and Hermes Infrastructure.
Registered in the UK and supporting 3,000 jobs either with the business or in the supply chain, the company is, however, 55% owned by SNCF (French state rail), 40% by CDPQ/Hermes and 5% by SNCB (Belgian state railways).
So: Should the UK Government provide financial assistance to Eurostar?

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Commercial Manager

  • Job added:   1 June 2020
  • Salary:   £53,044
  • Location:   City of Westminster, London SW1P 4DR
  • County:   Greater London
  • Job Type:   Permanent
  • Reference:   47148
  • Company:   Department for Transport
  • Contact:   Department for Transport

Would you relish the chance to join our Commercial Team managing key franchising contracts across the UK? 

Are you an articulate and persuasive communicator with the expertise in commercial contract management? 

If so, we would want to hear from you!

The Department for Transport’s Rail Group is responsible for taking Britain’s railway into the future. We are committed to delivering a sustainable and customer-focused railway, putting passengers at the heart of the journey. We are working on a diverse range of high-profile projects, including procuring and managing franchise contracts worth billions of pounds.

We are looking for dedicated Commercial Managers who are passionate about delivering the best transport solutions for passengers, freight operators and taxpayers and who understand that achieving this requires commitment and resourcefulness.

This high-profile role is pivotal to managing and bringing about improvements to a portfolio of long-term commercial franchising contracts, ensuring contractual and performance obligations are met and exceeded. You will work collaboratively with the franchise companies on continuous improvement projects which may include developing and leading specification changes to deliver tangible improvements to future passenger experience. 

As Commercial Manager, you will build and maintain long-term commercial relationships with Board level members of train companies. You will lead virtual, multidisciplinary teams, work with a range of internal and external stakeholder, including Passenger Representative Groups and provide briefings to senior management and Government Ministers. 

About You

You have experience of developing, negotiating and managing long term, high value contracts and the capability to handle variations appropriately.

You have the experience to handle risk effectively and use commercial levers to drive and manage performance. You are resilient, results driven and can deliver under pressure.

You are an articulate and persuasive communicator, with the ability to engage with individuals at all levels and build long-term relationships with industry partners, including managing relationships with multiple senior partners in complex environments.

You demonstrate excellent analytical skills and the ability to utilise management information to challenge the franchising operator on operational, project and financial performance.

To apply please visit our website.

Closing date: 22 June 2020.

How To Apply

Please visit our website via;274343183;s