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Public Affairs Manager - City, Glasgow, United Kingdom,

Job Title - Public Affairs Manager

Location - St Vincent street, Glasgow

Rates - £263.62 LTD/Umbrella OR £230.17 PAYE

In Scope of IR35

About the role / project:

Network Rail are looking for a Public Affairs specialist to come in and cover Maternity leave for a current NR employee. There are a range of different tasks and elements to the role however, this role will be focused around monitoring Parliamentary politics and working with Network Rail's external media teams and assist with outputs.

What you will do:

  • Proactive engagement with elected reps to promote and highlight activities, plans and strategies (through stakeholder updates)
  • Working with project comms and media relations to coordinate external output tailored to individual stakeholders
  • Working with Capital Delivery and comms colleagues to plan comms for upcoming major renewals work
  • Supporting senior team & other departments to liaise and network with key stakeholders and elected reps by providing research and briefings, attending meetings/events and recording follow-up actions as required
  • Provide secretariat support to the Cross-Party Group on Rail
  • Liaising with national public affairs team/relevant route Public Affairs Managers regularly.
  • Post-election introduction and visit programme for new MPs (& any MSP by-elections)
  • Organising and facilitating 2 MSP drop-in sessions (February and May)
  • Refresh of regional roundtable programme
  • Meetings for the NR senior team with Cab Sec/shadow ministers
  • Organising and facilitating 2 CPG meetings (January and April)

Your experience will include:


  • Significant experience in public affairs / lobbying / local government
  • High standards of written and spoken communication
  • The experience and personal credibility to work effectively with senior managers
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Proven ability to grasp, understand and promote complex and sensitive issues in a persuasive and sensible way
  • Ability to develop and maintain a wide network of stakeholder contacts
  • A proven understanding of all relevant political calendars and legislative assemblies


  • Educated to degree level
  • Relevant professional qualifications
  • Evidence of continuing professional development

What you'll get in return

Network Rail (powered by Capita), understand what it is like to work as a contractor and do everything they can to make it a simple process for you - this includes a dedicated Onboarding and extension teams and access to a web based timesheet portal giving you an ability to access and submit your timesheets wherever you are.

About our client - Network Rail

Network Rail is at the operational centre of the railway and playing a key role in a rapidly evolving industry. We are responsible for rebuilding Britain's railway infrastructure and are managing some of the biggest and most complex engineering programmes in Europe. Over the next five years we will be spending around £23 billion to maintain and upgrade every aspect of an infrastructure that comprises 21,000 miles of track, 2,500 stations, 9,000 level crossings, 40,000 bridges and tunnels, and signalling and power for the movement of 25,000 trains every day.

What we hope you will do next

Help us find out more about you by completing our short application process - Click apply now. You will then be directed to a Capita owned microsite that will assist you with your application. Once completed you will then be contacted by the relevant recruiter.

Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.