Location: Birmingham, London and Milton Keynes

Start date: October 2019

Programme: Up to 24 week returnship

Following the success of the last two programmes, Network Rail is accepting applications for its 2019 Property Returners Programme. The paid programme, of up to 24 weeks, commences in October 2019. There are 6 placements available, 4 x Surveyors, 1 x Accountant and 1 x Website Developer.

Network Rail recognises that there are times when you may need to take a break from your profession. They know that trying to return to work in the same industry after time out can be tough and daunting. They appreciate that individuals like you are a great asset to their organisation and can bring with you enriched experience and knowledge from your time out.  The Property Returners Programme is designed with you in mind.

Network Rail employs a wide range of surveyors from planning and development to general commercial practice. As a surveyor at Network Rail you will provide property advice and guidance on a range of property issues to support the delivery of a challenging programme of project works to deliver a safe, efficient, reliable and sustainable rail service.

Network Rail is seeking surveyors of all levels and specialisms, an accountant and website developer to work within the Property function.

Who are they looking for?

To be eligible for the programme you will need:

About the programme

During your placement you will have the opportunity to learn more about Network Rail’s business, priorities and projects while progressively taking on more responsibility as you’re ready. The programme is intended to bring your industry knowledge and skills back up to speed and to provide you with support back into the workplace.

The programme starts with a comprehensive induction and a period of shadowing. You will have a buddy in your immediate team and a mentor from the wider business to ensure that you can settle into your role in a quick and stress-free way. You will also have the support and guidance of the HR team for additional training and development needs.

Flexible working can be considered, subject to a commitment of a minimum of 21 hours a week. You will need to be within reasonable commuting distance to the location you are applying for.

There are 2 Surveyor roles available in London and 2 in Birmingham and the Website Developer to be based in Milton Keynes.

The Finance role can be based at London Euston or Milton Keynes.

Network Rail hopes to pipeline all successful candidates into roles in the business, dependent on roles available and success in the programme.

Salary varies depending on the role and location.

About Network Rail Property

Network Rail Property creates exceptional places from their stations and property assets for passengers, business and communities. It generates over £200m each year, which is reinvested back into the railway to create a better railway for Britain. Across six business units, Network Rail Property specialises in commercial lettings, property services, planning and development. They manage the retail portfolio for 20 of Britain’s biggest and busiest stations, used by over 850 million people every year.

Their vision is to be the property partner of choice in the world of transport, respected for their industry expertise and creating value through their people, assets and great service delivery. They have substantial growth and development plans in the coming years, supported by three strategic priorities: to significantly grow income, provide high quality professional services to reduce industry costs, and delight their customers by putting them at the heart of everything they do.

Next Steps

Please apply using your CV by entering the relevant reference code below into the ‘Keywords’ field here: Network Rail Careers

The closing date for all vacancies is 5th August 2019


London Euston roles – vacancy reference IRC2154729 and IRC2154866

Birmingham roles – vacancy reference IRC2154730 and IRC2154731


London or Milton Keynes – Vacancy reference IRC2154728

Website Developer

Milton Keynes – Vacancy reference IRC2154732

Please tell Network Rail that you heard about the programme from Women Returners.

With any queries, contact CorporateFunctions-Resourcing@Networkrail.co.uk with ‘Returner Programme Query’ in the subject line.