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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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Senior Commercial Manager (Networks Rail Exp - outside IR35)

  • Job added:   21 April 2021
  • Salary:   £400 - £425/day outside IR35
  • Location:   Birmingham, West Midlands
  • County:   West Midlands (County)
  • Job Type:   Contract
  • Reference:   213585482
  • Company:   CV-Library
Our client has an immediate requirement for an experienced Commercial Manager with Network Rail client side experience.

To act as a senior commercial support resource within NW&C works programme. Provide professional commercial expertise and guidance to enable the programme to achieve compliance with relevant business targets, processes and procedures. To assist in the resolution of commercial issues and act as the champion within the function when these issues require escalation. The position may require line management duties.

Key Accountabilities:

Act as the key commercial interface with programme / Route providing appropriate professional support, guidance and leadership.
Assess commercial risk and implement suitable control measures where required.
Manage the efficient and effective implementation of category strategies at programme / Route level.
Take a leading role and advise on the management and resolution of variations, commercial disputes and claims arising from the programme / Route.
Implement appropriate controls to monitor compliance with company commercial policies and procedures.
Review supplier performance against agreed Key Performance Indicators and take appropriate corrective action where required.
Manage the compliant and efficient provision of procurement services to programme / Route.
Commercially manage relationships with contractors and suppliers to maximise benefit for the Client.
Lead the commercial administration for any third party contractual arrangements that are undertaken by the programme / Route.
Act as the primary interface with programme / Route business users to communicate the benefits of new contracts and suppliers.
Work with relevant teams to provide commercial input into the business planning and maintainer renewals processes.Your skills will include:


Knowledge of the construction industry and related supply chains, including commercial and contract administration processes
Experience of working client side with Network Rail
Knowledge of construction contracts
Good leadership skills
Highly numerate
Strong reporting experience
Able to effectively communicate at all levels, both internally and externally
Effective and proven negotiation skills with ability to influence decision making
Proven ability to manage and drive successful business change programmes
Computer literate including ability to utilise in-house and external softwareDesirable

Knowledge of railway industry contracts
Educated to degree level or equivalent
Membership of an appropriate professional organisation

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