Our Quantity Surveying scheme for graduates

Who you are

You’re a team player with solid communication skills. Skilled in customer service and experienced in financial management, you have strong attention to detail. You’re proficient in Microsoft Office applications. You have knowledge of the construction industry and related supply chains, including commercial and contract administration processes.

How long is the scheme?

3 years

Where you’ll be based

York

What you’ll be doing

You’ll be part of the function that looks after everything from the traditional ballast and sleepers to cutting edge technical services. Throughout your placements you’ll develop your skills by supporting the commercial management of contracts, building supplier relationships and delivering the physical supply chain that underpins our infrastructure projects.

You’ll spend time working through the various stages of the competitive tender process, carrying out site visits, chairing meetings and keeping a close eye on costs. Ultimately, you’ll be helping us maintain our high safety standards, eliminate business risk and achieve financial savings.

Entry requirements

2:2 Degree in Quantity Surveying from an RICS accredited course.

What professional qualifications could you gain?

Opportunity to apply to the RICS for Membership.

What opportunities are available at the end of the scheme?

You could become a Membership of the RICS. Your career path might include becoming a senior commercial manager, procurement manager, estimator programme commercial manager

Why you should choose this scheme

The scheme offers a unique insight into how a government-funded organisation works. The supply chain 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.

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The main reason I applied to Network Rail is the positive impact I could have on Britain in general, through benefits to the economy and people. It is also a fascinating supply chain and with the level of spend Network Rail leverages it is one of the best places to begin a career.

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How would you describe the breadth of Network Rail’s work and the breadth of our opportunities for graduates?

My work at Network Rail so far has consisted of a wide variety of projects. My first placement saw me looking at three very different national procurement activities ranging from lineside vegetation removal to the purchase of grinding machines.

In the Supply Chain scheme the roles you take on are completely varied and I am now working for a route doing supplier relationship management and getting a taste of the supply chain closer to the front line.

These two roles have been very different and given me a huge breadth of knowledge and skills, which I’m sure I’ll be able to use in the future.

How varied have you found your role at Network Rail?

It has been extremely varied and I have found myself working alongside stakeholders and customers from nearly every function in the business and at almost every level of seniority.

What’s the most exciting work you’ve done here?

In my first placement I worked on the national fencing and vegetation tenders, which will determine how the lineside will look over the next five years. It’s great because the support and encouragement I received during that time have meant that in the future, every time I ride on a train I will be able to see some of my efforts and ideas in place.

What’s been the best thing for you?

The people and the development policies. There is an immense emphasis on personal development and this really is nurtured at all levels of the business. I am genuinely yet to meet someone who won’t help me and even if they can’t they will go over and above to find someone who can. On top of this, on the graduate scheme you not only have your one to ones with your line manager but you also get a graduate buddy who is there for any smaller elements of support and/or advice when you need it.

Why Network Rail?

The main reason I applied to Network Rail is the positive impact I could have on Britain in general, through benefits to the economy and people. It is also a fascinating supply chain and with the level of spend Network Rail leverages it is one of the best places to begin a career. Alongside this, the offer of CIPS, the premier qualification in procurement and supply chain, fully funded, meant it was a no-brainer and I’m just glad I was lucky enough to be selected.