Senior Technical Operations Developer (Capacity Planning)

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Senior Technical Operations Developer (Capacity Planning)

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. From Crossrail - Europe's largest civil engineering project - to investment in world-class stations and work to deliver High Speed 2 services, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

About the department

System Operator is the body responsible for the planning, creation and allocation of capacity to run trains on the GB rail network to deliver economic growth.

The Capacity Planning Data Management function leads on developing a sustainable support structure that emphases on Data.We coincide with the rail industry, its users, funders and partners to shape tomorrow's railway to meet the ever-growing needs of the passenger.We can articulate the requirements and future needs of our customers so that we can provide a precise, robust proposition to integrate into the long-term strategic vision of the network and its usage.

About the team

Every day we produce a daily timetable to safely operate 20,000 trains; delivering over 4.5 million passengers; travelling over 900,000 track miles; to pass over 1.5 million signals on green; to arrive at 220,000 station stops and to arrive at the advertised minute. It's an incredible feat!

As the team tasked with establishing the timetable, Capacity Planning is committed to finding ways to increase reliability for passengers and freight end users.

Programmes and Capacity Planning Data Management lead the design and delivery of Capacity Planning's improvement programmes to deliver better timetables.

Brief Description

Who are we looking for?

We are recruiting a Senior Technical Operations Developer to help us unlock the potential of Capacity Planning.

We are looking for an individual who can design, develop and maintain customisations and extensions to supported in-house applications to help improve the quality and timely production of the timetable.

If you have IT development experience with complex projects; experience with Excel, VBA, .Net and SQL; can work to tight deadlines and have excellent communication skills to engage with customers we would love you to apply

Job Purpose

To design, develop and maintain customisations and extensions to supported in-house applications that enable enhancements and efficiencies in the quality and timely production of the timetable.

About the role

Key Accountabilities

    Design, develop and deliver in-house applications to enable planning teams to efficiently and effectively deliver high quality timetables.

      Provide technical and subject matter expertise to internal and external customers and stakeholders to improve the accuracy and completeness of timetable planning data to deliver high performing timetables.

        Review and give technical guidance on the impact of technical upgrades and patches on in-house applications and associated code, providing viable solutions to enable smooth transition to BAU for the planning and data communities.

          Create supporting documentation for all new and existing tactical tools within Capacity Planning to provide robust processes and in line with Network Rail standards.

            Manage issues and identify resolutions with any in-house application as required in a timely fashion to minimise the impact of application outage and subsequent delivery of timetables

              Manage the common code library and develop code to establish best practice and create a centre of excellence for coding within Capacity Planning, relating to the production of in-house applications to support Capacity Planning systems

                Manage stakeholder communication with the planning community specialists and working groups to manage the requirements for future tactical planning enhancements

                  Lead the development on computer programming and coding requirements for the team to deliver required outcomes and allocate correct resources to deliver desired outcomes

                  Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


                    Degree, or equivalent, in an information management or business-related discipline

                      Substantial knowledge of coding languages (e.g. VBA, SQL,, JAVA)

                        Knowledge of identifying technical solutions from problem statements

                          Experience in developing and delivering technical solutions to meet customer requirements

                            Ability to manage activities with short timescales while still following established change control processes

                              Demonstrated communication skills; verbal, written and presentation.


                                Knowledge of the railway planning industry

                                  Knowledge of specific timetable planning software (TPS, ATTUNE, RAILSYS)

                                    Understanding of project lifecycles

                                      Ability to prioritise and manage time effectively

                                      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 factors. 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 £3,333 (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.

                                      Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £40,107 - £45,120

                                      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: £40,107 - £45,120

                                      Closing date: 12th 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

                                      It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.