Operative [Works Delivery Track] - Carlisle Maintenance Depot

Location:Cumbria
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail Route Businesses E&W plans, operates and maintains the railway day-to-day.

North West & Central (NW&C) is the 'Backbone of Britain' - the economic spine connecting our main cities. Our infrastructure runs from London Euston and Marylebone in the South through the Chiltern and West Midlands regions, the North West of England and Cumbria before joining with Scotland at Gretna. We are home to the West Coast Mainline, the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe, serving London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

NW&C's vision for the five years to 2024 is "One team safely delivering excellent services to customers and taxpayers." We will achieve this vision by embedding a safe, caring workforce culture that welcomes everyone and embraces new ideas and fresh thinking. By becoming a more open, diverse and inclusive organisation we can deliver a safe, accessible railway for everyone. We're working hard to ensure our workforce better represents our customers and society as a whole.

As well as keeping the network running safely day to day, we are also focused on the need to build a bigger, better railway capable of transporting more people and produce in future. Major railway upgrade schemes on LNW include HS2, East West Rail and the Great North Rail Project. Between 2019 and 2024 we also have a £5.3bn plan for vital maintenance, asset renewals and operations.

Network Rail is building a better railway for a better Britain. We are looking for talented people from all backgrounds to join our journey and move us forward by having a rewarding career, the right lifestyle balance and great benefits in a caring environment. We value the commitments you may have outside of work and will consider flexible working applications. If we can make it work - we will!

Brief Description

Out in all weathers, you'll play a highly practical role in keeping Britain moving. Across a wide range of manual maintenance tasks, the efficiency and safety of the railway is in your hands.

The track function carries our renewals and refurbishments of the track infrastructure. Work varies from re-railing & re-sleepering on plain line to refurbishment of S&C (Switches and Crossings) which ranges from re-gauging to changing switches to complete panel renewals. Most of the work types are carried out in night time possessions (when no trains are running) and at weekends. The work is varied and offers an opportunity for growth.

About the role

You'll be on the frontline, working shifts to deliver a variety of manual maintenance tasks. Whether your focus is on track, signalling or electrification, you'll keep our assets in perfect working order. Which means you'll pay a key role in keeping commuters and freight safe, and making journeys smooth.

This is a hands-on role, working outdoors in all weathers. Carrying out general maintenance, your range of duties will include everything from shovelling ballast to carrying out lookout duties for your team. You'll check all kinds of things, to ensure they are in great working order - from vehicles and plant to equipment, tools and materials. In everything you do, you'll work safely and efficiently. If you've got what it takes, we'll provide all the training, protective clothing and support you need to succeed.

Essential Criteria

    Experience of working in an environment where safety is vital

      Willing and able to work shifts, including days, nights and weekends

        A team player

          Conscientious, reliable and hard working

            Keen to develop new skills

              Good communication skills, both in person and in writing

                Meet the required benchmark for application screening questions

                  Must meet required online testing benchmark

                  Desirable Criteria

                    To hold or be working towards an NVQ 1 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject

                      Willing and able to drive vehicles

                      This role involves days, nights and weekend working, and is a safety critical role so subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment.

                      You must also be able to meet the required online testing benchmark score, in order for us to progress with your application.

                      How to apply

                      Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria.

                      Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

                      Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3000 (to a maximum amount of £2,250).

                      Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                      As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

                      Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

                      §Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

                      §Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check

                      §Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

                      For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information - UK Government - BPSS Checks

                      Salary: £25,602 per annum [fixed rate]

                      Closing date: 20th November 2019, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes