Northumberland County Council Careers

Senior Programme Officer (Rail)


About the role

Morpeth, NE61 2EF
Full time – 37 hours per week
£35,411 – £39,493

Northumberland County Council operates a huge range of services across one of the largest counties in the UK. Local Government’s ongoing challenges and the diversity of our residents means we have to work smarter. That’s why we want bold, creative and agile thinkers who can help us move forward and innovate.

The Service.

This is a key role where you will support the development of transport policy and strategy to underpin a transport infrastructure that supports a thriving economy for Northumberland.? You will provide support to the Strategic Transport team in developing policy with a particular focus on rail. You will ensure that all relevant strategies, action plans, policies, and statutory requirements are effectively developed and implemented.


The primary function of the role is to support the delivery of the Northumberland Line project which is the reintroduction of passenger rail services between Ashington and Newcastle. Responsibilities will include:


Representing Northumberland County Council within the project team and at stakeholder events. Communicating with residents, local businesses, operators, politicians and community groups.


Overseeing the delivery of the Northumberland Line social value strategy.


Longer term, the role will focus on developing the pipeline of strategic rail priorities across the county, including required investment along the East Coast Mainline and Tyne Valley Line.


This is an exciting opportunity for an individual with highly developed interpersonal and organisational skills to join a growing team with a strong pipeline of future projects.


You will develop strong relationships with those organisations with a role to play in the strategic rail functions of the council including Transport North East, Network Rail, Nexus, local rail user groups and Train Operating Companies. You will proactively seek funding opportunities to draw additional resources into Northumberland.

The Role.

The post sits within the Strategic Transport Team as part of the Economy and Regeneration Service.


The Strategic Transport team have oversight of transport policy for the council and for developing the pipeline of strategic transport projects across all modes. This incorporates a range of exciting and high-profile projects including:


  • The reintroduction of rail passenger services between Ashington and Newcastle (The Northumberland Line)
  • Blyth Relief Road
  • Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plans (LCWIP)
  • Bus Service Improvement Plan (BSIP)
  • Moor Farm roundabout

We are offering.

A starting salary of £35,411 (Band 8)
25 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays (rising to 30 after 5 years of service) (pro-rata for part-time employees)
Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme
A wide range of staff benefits including a competitive annual leave provision
Flexible working arrangements

Further information.

Please note that this is a full time position but applications on a secondment or part time basis would be considered for the right applicant. For guidance on completing your application and for information about our Equality and Diversity principles, please check the Northumberland Council Website.


We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. If you wish to notify us of your eligibility for this scheme please email with your name and the job title you have applied for and one of the recruitment team will ensure this is factored in the shortlisting process and kept anonymous. If you have a disability and would prefer to apply in a different format or would like us to make reasonable adjustments to enable you to attend an interview please also let the team know.

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Ready to apply?


Step 1:

Apply using the link below


Step 2:

We’ll contact you for a phone interview


Step 3:

We’ll carry out a face to face interview


Step 4:

We'll let you know if you've been successful or not within 7 days!

Senior Programme Officer (Rail)