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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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Estimator - Rail (Maternity Cover)

  • Job added:   25 October 2020
  • Salary:   £400 - £450/day
  • Location:   Chippenham, Wiltshire
  • County:   Wiltshire
  • Job Type:   Contract
  • Reference:   212632785
  • Company:   CV-Library
Estimator - Rail (Maternity Cover)

Location: Chippenham

Rate: £(Apply online only) per day

Duration: 6 months

My client is currently looking for a Estimator to join their team out of the Chippenham area. The ideal Estimator will come on to board to work closely with the Project Manager and the Bid Manager on larger bids as well as producing smaller estimates and variations to existing contracts.

The ideal Estimator responsibilities:

Responsible of all their allocated estimates from initial enquiry through negotiations to submission of final offer, including determination of the appropriate structure of the estimate.
Input of estimate data into the estimating database (RIB or equivalent) and checking this data for consistency, errors, omissions and accuracy.
Responsible for managing the pricing process; evaluating, assessing and co-ordinating inputs from all other costing disciplines, ensuring high levels of consistency and quality.
Input and direction into the project plan, and the establishment of the appropriate pricing structure aligning with the company Work Breakdown Structure and Tender Template
Challenging estimates in multidisciplinary team review panels.
Involvement in tender pricing presentations to the board and the client as required.
Analysing current and historical data to justify costs and pricing accuracy and competitiveness.
Creation of reports for presentation / reviews.To be successful in this position the Estimator must have the following:


Must be flexible and able to work under own initiative with minimal support.
May be expected to work irregular hours depending on the requirements for each bid.
Travel will be required between company offices.
Be able to communicate programme and risk related issues to the bid planner. - Knowledge of the risk management process, likelihood, probabilities and how to tackle commercial risk and opportunities as well as understanding risk modelling is desirable but not a pre-requisite for the role.
Good Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite of products especially Excel and Word.
Knowledge of proprietary estimating systems is a distinct advantage although Training in RIB (Estimating Software) will be provided.
Appreciation of Railway Safety rules will be an advantage, but training will be provided - I.e. Site based experience, knowledge of Personal Track Safety and the Railway Rule Book would be desirable however some knowledge of Railway Safety systems is a must.Desirable:

A minimum of 2 years experience within engineering teams in a main line or metro project delivery company.
Willingness to travel to other offices and possible Client offices.
The ability to work alone in a high pressure environment.
Strong customer focused skills.
Comfortable with operating as part of the Tender and Estimating Team."VGC Personnel Ltd are acting as an employment business in relation to this vacancy"

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