Section Planner (Planning Administrator)

Job Type:Full Time, Part Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail operates and maintains the railway infrastructure 24/7 365 days a year.

This is an exciting time to join Network Rail in a time of transition with thePutting Passengers First programme. This plan is to provide the best possible service for passengers and freight users, to deliver the promises we've made for Control Period Six (CP6), and to improve the way we work together and with the industry.

Delivered through devolution into five regional businesses empowering locally led decision making.

You will be part of the NW&C Region which consist of three routes:

  • North West Route, covering Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.
  • Central Route, covering the West Midlands and Chiltern areas.
  • West Coast Mainline South Route*, covering the West Coast main line south of Crewe to London Euston.

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

Using planning processes, systems and databases, you'll undertake the development of detailed, fully resourced and optimised work plans, for approval by Section Managers. For example; production of safe work packs, liaising with manager and teams, managing work bank, monitoring for errors and checking compliance is been maintained. Good communication skills are an essential part of the role and full training on all of our internal databases and IT programmes will be given.

This role is for an initial 6 month secondment / FTC covering 21 hours per week and will be part of a job-share arrangement.

About the role

1.Plan all agreed work activities for your work section.

2.Accurately update systems, databases and records as required.

3.Produce Safe System of Work plans.

4.Submit green zone access and isolation requests.

5.Produce draft quarterly plans.

6.Manage weekly review meetings.

7.Represent Section Managers at planning meetings.

8.Collate and maintain infrastructure maintenance records.


    Work Plan production and resource optimisation skills

      Scheduling profile in work planning/scheduling system

        Core Planning Skills Level 2

          Knowledge of access and possession processes and systems

            Safe System of Work Planning Process and System

              Good interpersonal, communication and organisational skills


                Knowledge of maintenance delivery processes and techniques

                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.

                We will endeavour to provide a gender diverse interview panel wherever possible.

                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.

                A career with Network Rail is a journey and we will do everything we can to make it a great one. That means plenty of support for personal and professional development. It also means a great range of benefits. Working with us, you'll enjoy 28 days holiday, access to a range of contributory pension schemes, and the potential to top up your competitive salary with a bonus. We can offer you a season ticket loan, annual season tickets are discounted. What's more, you can take advantage of childcare vouchers, discounted cycle hires and more. Discover more at .

                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.

                This vacancy is Band 5: Starting at £24,000 and increasing to £28,000

                Closing date: 13th 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, this role is for an initial 6 month contract, with the potential to become permanent.