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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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Knowledge Transfer Manager - Rail

  • Job added:   22 January 2020
  • Salary:   £37,737 to £49,792 (depending on experience)
  • County:   London
  • Job Type:   Permanent
  • Company:   Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Contact:   Knowledge Transfer Network

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Job Purpose

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with current and relevant knowledge and experience of the rail industry to join the Transport Team at KTN. The role involves providing innovation support to companies working in the rail sector and the supply chain, driving knowledge transfer between the science base and industry, promote networking and enabling innovation.

The role involves working with Innovate UK, the Department for Transport (DfT) and Network Rail to deliver innovation programmes and support businesses to access relevant funding streams and catalyse new business partnerships. There is a requirement to identify opportunities to drive forward the implementation and delivery of the rail industry's strategies (such as the underpinning capabilities for the rail technical strategy) and sector deal, seeking to grow UK capability.

The aim of the Transport Team is to support the UK’s mobility innovation agenda in relation to government’s Industrial Strategy including the Future of Mobility and Clean Growth Grand Challenges. The team covers all traditional transport modes, passenger and freight, whilst remaining agile to respond to new and emerging innovations (e.g. Hyperloop, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV)).

Reporting to: Head of Transport

Salary: £37,737 to £49,792 (depending on experience).

Location: Home or office-based with some UK travel expected. KTN hub offices are in London, Harwell and Edinburgh.  

Key accountabilities

·      Support development and implementation of future strategy and work programmes for rail.

·      Support the development of cross-cutting application areas such as manufacturing, digital, zero or low carbon fuels, data, robotics, AI, security and space for the benefit of rail stakeholders by working with other staff in KTN.

·      Identify and monitor trends and opportunities for innovation through interaction with business and the technology base.

·      Ensure that industry is aware of the funding opportunities.

·      Lead and deliver briefing and networking events for Innovate UK, DfT and Network Rail

·      Visit companies, research institutions and universities, in the UK, to understand their R&D needs and innovation capabilities.

·      Develop and maintain effective relationships with external stakeholders, departments, forums, groups active in related areas.


Job responsibilities

·      Work with the Transport team to understand the technology needs and opportunities for growth of UK Industry and the scientific capabilities of the research base, facilitating the transfer of knowledge within and between these groups and the establishment of collaborations.

·      Understand and facilitate access to innovation support mechanisms for businesses and to help develop funding and investment applications.

·       Promote the benefits of KTN and innovation within a business context to the UK sector including the preparation of promotional material and the use of various media.

·       Develop and lead cross-community activity within KTN to help build new rail supply chains to create value for UK businesses. 

·       Liaise closely with KTN staff across all sectors and technologies to ensure a good understanding of other sector activities, to ensure well informed and integrated working.

·       Produce articles for newsletters, blogs of interest to our members and similar media.

·       Organise meetings, workshops and networking events in a variety of commercial and scientific areas.

·       Undertake necessary administrative duties including the timely completion of accurate reports, meeting minutes, timesheets and expenses. 

·       Maintain and disseminate an up-to-date view of the aviation industry,
including technology developments, key innovators, market trends/needs and business funding opportunities.

·       The role will require regular UK travel including overnight at times and possibly some European or Global travel.





Person Specification




·        Degree educated


·       Post-graduate degree and/or industrial experience in rail/transport or related environment



·       2+ years in the rail industry or strong related academic background

·       Ability to bring together stakeholders to deliver on a project or task


·       Business development in a transport organisation

·       Organising & delivering events and/or workshops



·       Highly numerate & analytical

·       Ability to prioritise & meet deadlines

·       Excellent presentation skills

·       Well-developed written & verbal skills, able to translate complex topics for a broad audience

·       IT literate with good working knowledge of Microsoft packages

·      Demonstrable track record of managing multiple concurrent events, projects or programmes




·       An understanding of the rail industry and innovation opportunities


·       Awareness of the innovation grant funding landscape (e.g. Innovate UK)



·       Ability to build & maintain relationships with a broad range of stakeholders

·       Highly developed interpersonal skills

·       Motivated & a self-starter

·       Ability to work alone & part of a team

·       Able to deliver effectively in a fast-paced environment


How To Apply

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Please send your CV and covering letter to [email protected] Applications that are submitted without a CV and covering letter will be automatically withdrawn from the process. 

All applications must be received by 06th February 2020.

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