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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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Project Manager - Rail (Asst Bid Manager W3)

  • Job added:   21 August 2020
  • Salary:   £35000 - £45000/annum
  • Location:   Manchester, Greater Manchester
  • County:   Greater Manchester
  • Job Type:   Permanent
  • Reference:   212342319
  • Company:   CV-Library
The Role

Are you seeking an Assistant Bid Manager role in Manchester? As part of the Transpire Alliance we are working on a £600m project to deliver the high-profile Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) project - a major programme of rail improvement. The route covers 76 miles of track, tunnels, viaducts, stations and bridges.

You will act as bid manager on tenders for significant bid opportunities and manage major multidisciplinary or large single disciplinary projects in accordance with the requirement of the Project Quality Plan and deliver or exceed the Company's agreed financial expectation for the project. You will have full responsibility for the management of quality, programme, cost and project contribution on the project for the Company.

What is the purpose of this role?

Manage preparation of bids for design services including co-ordination of input from other design teams and sub consultants, preparation of method statements and programmes and tender presentations. Arrange review of contract documents in time for tender review
Arrange and manage tender review meetings
Manage projects in compliance with the Project Control System
Set up programmes for project, update regularly and ensure that activity managers have sufficient capable resources to meet deadlines
With support of commercial team ensure that contracts are in place before work commences including sub contracts and purchase orders for suppliers and sub consultants
Forecast and monitor the financial performance of the project for Owen Williams, giving regular (minimum monthly) reports, comparing actual and forecast performance to plan expectations and explaining variations
Maintain detailed project records and the Project Management Workbook or other system for monitoring performance of projects
Conduct weekly reviews with Activity Managers and the project teams as appropriate
Arrange monthly meetings with the Contract Manager to review project performance
Authorise Project Expenditure up to £15,000 within Project Budget
Act decisively to rectify any adverse circumstances that threaten the achievement of the financial plan
Act decisively to rectify any adverse circumstances that threaten the delivery of the quality and programme agreed with the client

Skills and Experience


MEng, BEng or equivalent CEng MICE or MIStructE Membership of APM Skills

The Jobholder should be computer literate and thoroughly conversant with MS Office suite and experienced in the use of project management software - MS Project, Primevera, etc. Knowledge of progression Financial Management System is an advantage. Experience

Extensive post-graduate relevant experience of civil engineering projects with at significant experience in the management of design projects for consultants
Previous experience in the rail industry and knowledge of railways standards is essential in particular the design and construction of repairs, refurbishment or replacement of bridges, stations or other structures in an operational railway environment THis is a Band C role and attracts a competitive salary, car, 24 days holiday (plus bank holidays), contributory pension and access to a range of Amey Savings

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