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Network Rail: A day in the life of Ruby, Senior Commercial Manager

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Network Rail have a number of Commercial opportunities and they’ll be sharing different stories to show what life is like at Network Rail.

Ruby, Senior Commercial Managers is the first to give her perspective on life at Network Rail.

My alarm goes off… and depending on where I am working on the day, I am either rushing to catch a train or enjoying what I think is a brisk walk to the office. I love the walk into work as it helps me to organise my thoughts and get into the right frame of mind for work.

I am responsible for…pre and post contract commercial management for Signalling in the Southern region that comprises of Anglia, South East, Wessex, Western and Wales areas.

I got my job at Network Rail...I came to the UK when I was in my late 30s and age should not stop you chasing your dreams. I joined Network Rail too many years ago as a temp and doing whatever needed to be done on the day including filing. Network Rail has supported my development and career progression and I am now the Senior Programme Commercial Manager with a team of approx 30+

My typical day…the only thing typical is the four weekly reporting cycle but other than that and the fact that we manage pre and post contract our work is diverse in nature. We procure anything from complex signalling works to simpler works and services.

My most memorable work moment…I have so many and it’s hard to have a favourite but the people working in Network Rail are absolutely amazing. I was told when I joined the company that the railway is one big family and it grows onto you and that is absolutely true. I love being part of a company that keeps Britain moving. 

My advice for anybody who wants to work in my field…No two days are the same and if you like a challenge, want to make a difference and be involved in the future of our railway then Network Rail is the place to be in.

The best part of my job/ most challenging…I am so passionate about my work and absolutely love it. I would be lying if I said that there weren’t days when I drag my heels but they are few and far between. There are plenty of challenges however we work as a team and support each other so challenges are not daunting.

After work.. I love to come home, relax, put my feet up and enjoy time with my family. I feel very fulfilled after a hard days work and feel like I have earned my rest and relaxation

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