Examination Inspector

Job Type:Full Time

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 major programmes of electrification, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

Our railway has been growing for 150 years, without significant renewal. And yet it's required to carry more freight and passengers than ever before. We anticipate up to 400 million more passenger journeys by as soon as 2020. Investment and modernisation are absolutely essential.

So, we're building the railway of the future. It's a colossal challenge. And we're relishing every moment. We're driven to delight our customers and help the economy thrive. We've already developed a world class reputation for taking care of our track - ours is one of the safest railways in Europe.

Naturally, we're constantly seeking new talent to help us achieve our ambitious goals!

Brief Description

This role sits in Route Services, a business area that has been created to supply services to the routes in the safest, most cost-efficient and effective way, enabling them to benefit from economies of scale and optimised national resources.

Our Asset Information Services team offers the rail industry trusted asset-related data and information management, insight and tools, enabling better informed business decisions that further improve the safety, effectiveness and efficiency of the railway as a system and ultimately deliver the timetable for our passenger and freight customers.

The role

We have 2 roles available within our team. As an Examination Inspector, you'll review and validate the outputs from the Plain Line Pattern Recognition (PLPR) data, Track Geometry data and other systems as necessary. Decide on faults, check on assets, and deliver appropriate action response.

About the role

Key Accountabilities

  • Carry out work safely and efficiently in accordance with safe systems of work procedures, method statements, standards or other relevant instructions.
  • Inspect, verify and record all infrastructure defects and faults presented by the processing systems and report these to the nominated control centres.
  • Record and report system failures and other reasons for the non-delivery of data in line with company procedures
  • Accurately report all work completed/not completed and produce/maintain records as required
  • Support the review and monitoring of system functional performance, working with the Measurement Systems Maintenance team and suppliers to develop and deliver remediation activities as required
  • Support the validation, calibration, product acceptance and implementation of new and existing examination technologies, systems and vehicles as required
  • Undertake work and associated duties for which you are trained and competent.
  • Contribute to your own development and that of others.
  • Adhere to company policies and procedures.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Meet the following criteria? Apply today to join our team!


  • Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Knowledge and experience of permanent way inspection.
  • Knowledge of relevant standards, procedures and instructions.
  • Hold and retain competencies relevant to this post
  • Ideally hold (or be working towards) an NVQ level 2 or 3 (or equivalent) in a relevant subject or have attained the appropriate level of knowledge gained through equivalent relevant experience.
  • Able and willing to drive vehicles as required by business need.


  • Experience in measurement systems.
  • Understanding of the root causes of track geometry faults

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. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

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 £2,500).

We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be £30,749

Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

Closing date: 21st 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.