Rail Operative - between Southampton and Eastleigh - multiple roles

Location:Hampshire
Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. We're making rail safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever before. It's a big challenge, and every talented individual in every different team takes responsibility for doing their bit. We're all accountable for making the best of every duty. Of course, we're also accountable for helping each other thrive. Together, we're making a railway fit for the future. And as the network continues to grow, you'll grow along with us.

Maintaining the rail network is a full time job. It calls for determination, dedication and flexibility. Because there's no room for compromise our customers demand and deserve outstanding reliability from the network. And we are passionate about operational and engineering excellence. From signalling and track to electrification, the possibilities are huge in Infrastructure Maintenance.

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. We have a number of vacancies across the Wessex route on the Southern Region - this specific vacancy is seeking individuals to work between both our Southampton and Eastleigh depots.

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. 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).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.

Salary: £22,269- £23,765 - dependent on location and discipline - plus relevant location and operational allowances.

Closing date: 31st December 2019. Late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

Please note you will be expected to work at both Southampton and Eastleigh depots as part of the role.

IMPORTANT: If you have previously unsuccessfully applied for an operative vacancy in the Wessex area, (vacancy numbers IRC2156794, IRC2156795, IRC2156795, IRC2150480, IRC2158119, IRC2158120, IRC2158121, IRC2168098 or IRC2168099) please do not reapply for any other Wessex operative vacancy.