Who you are

You’re a team player with great communication skills. You are commercially focused and will harness these skills in conjunction with your top-class negotiations skills when liaising with stakeholders. You are able to work with a variety of different stakeholders. You may also have some experience of using Oracle and Bravo systems.

How long is the scheme?

20 months

Where you’ll be based

We understand that things don’t always fit neatly into schedules and we want to make sure this is reflected in our new agile way of working. Therefore, we encourage remote working from home, at our customer locations or in the office with colleagues.

Applicants should note that the team are primarily based in Milton Keynes and there will be a requirement to spend two days on average a week at this location.

What you’ll be doing

Commercial & procurement (C&P) lead the development and delivery of strategies encompassing category management, procurement, supplier relationship management, external business development and marketing and communications, encompassing all of our customers. Our role is to deliver economic, efficient and effective commercial solutions to contribute to “a better railway for a better Britain”.

You’ll carry out rotational placements in different commercial and procurement teams. You’ll have the opportunity to work on important procurement projects and will learn about the complete end to end procurement process, playing an active role through each stage.

Depending on the stage of the procurement process, you could be drafting governance documents or awarding contracts to suppliers; you could be agreeing and evaluating contracts against tender specifications; or negotiating with suppliers including pricing, contract and payment considerations. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the supply base in a particular area, through market research and engagement, in order to make informed strategic recommendations.

What does your day consist of?

One of the great things about being on the graduate scheme is that every day is different! From engaging with stakeholders to supporting the team, there’s always something to help with. The flexibility of different rotations across the scheme means there’s always new skills to learn and you’ll be challenged on a daily basis.

Entry requirements

2:2 in any degree subject.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

You’ll be working towards a Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply (CIPS) Level 4 qualification.

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

Graduates on the commercial and procurement scheme usually progress to roles such as sourcing specialist or supplier contract specialist.

Why you should choose this scheme

The scheme offers a unique insight into how a government-funded organisation works. The contracts and procurement function is responsible for sourcing and purchasing all goods, works and services for Network Rail.

You’ll learn how to source, procure and deliver to internal and external customers across England, Scotland and Wales. Network Rail has a wide variety of opportunities for graduates and they all offer varied challenges and opportunities to develop different skill sets. On the Commercial & Procurement scheme you’ll work on a wide variety of projects from the start, ranging from sourcing welfare facilities for wagons to working with suppliers post-contract.

You’ll be able to tailor your placements based on your interests and search for your own opportunities. Your placement based in a national function providing services to the regions will help you to gain a better understanding of how the business functions as whole to deliver benefits as part of putting passengers first.

Ready to make an epic career choice?

If the above sounds like you, then apply for our graduate scheme now.

You can also visit our application process and advice pages, where you’ll find help and tips for every stage of the application.