Assurance Specialist (Licensing)

Job Type:Full Time

About Network Rail

Network Rail owns, manages and develops Britain's railway - the 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run). In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.6bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We're investing £48bn in the railway by 2024 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

The Safety, Technical & Engineering (STE) Group is the Technical Authority for Network Rail providing strategy, policy and assurance as well as expert technical services to the business in asset management, engineering, maintenance, operations, safety, health and wellness, quality, sustainable development, security and information management.

Our key accountabilities are:

Innovate - Define and deliver national improvement programmes and commission research and development to achieve a better railway

Lead - Provide strategic leadership and guidance to Network Rail and external stakeholders

Assure - Assure Network Rail assets and safety performance by governing standards and frameworks and providing intelligence to support business improvement

Grow - Improve the health and vitality of all Network Rail employees, grow our capability by developing competency frameworks and aligning competencies to industry developments and using management information, audits and investigations to identify best practice and continuous improvement.

Brief Description

We are looking for an Auditor (with Rail or Construction experience) to come and work in our Quality and Risk Assurance team within Safety, Technical & Engineering (STE). The team provide level 2 assurance for internal and external Principal contractors.

As an Assurance Specialist you will provide industry assurance to the Client and technical authorities. You will direct improvements of suppliers and Network Rail teams to drive performance including behavioural safety culture on site. In addition to this you will lead site audits (on track) to determine compliance with CDM Regulations and Company Standards.

This role can be based from any of our office locations within the UK and there will be occasional night and weekend work. The successful candidate will need to be self-sufficient and motivated as you will be managing your own workload.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to work on a variety of interesting projects, which will give exposure to working with different contractors.

About the role

Key Accountabilities

  • Lead licence applications and specialist onsite audits to comply with CDM Regulations, Sentinel Scheme Rules, Safe Systems of Work Planning and other relevant company standards.
  • Managing supplier performance by independently review and evaluate reports and emerging data to assess the performance of internal and external Principal Contractors creating a risk profile and determining the appropriate intervention / audit measure.
  • Fulfil the Principal Contractor assurance requirements as defined by the Health and Safety Management System.
  • Direct improvements in site activities by promoting collaborative behavioural based safety, safety culture development, the use of Life Saving Rules and the sharing of other good practice.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Lead auditor qualified
  • NEBOSH Construction Certificate qualification and proven expert knowledge of CDM
  • Good understanding of risk assessment/loss control tools and techniques
  • Good understanding of Environmental requirements (IEMA qualified) on construction sites
  • Excellent report writing and presentation skills
  • Exceptional interpersonal skills, possessing the ability to influence both internal and external stakeholders up to and including Exec level


  • Good knowledge of Network Rail's management systems
  • Good knowledge of railway operational and contractual practices
  • Good knowledge of construction practices
  • Understanding of behavioural based safety and sustainability policies
  • Good knowledge of railway construction
  • Recognised process improvement skills/expertise

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 (to a maximum amount of £2,750).

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: £32,740 - £36,832

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

Closing date:10/01/2020, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

Interviews will take place from 20/01/2020.