Professional Head of Switches & Crossings

Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time


Milton Keynes, GB

Department Name

Safety, Technical & Engineering

About Network Rail

Network Rail (NR) owns, runs 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 NR providing strategy, policy and assurance as well as authoritative technical services to the business in asset management, engineering, maintenance, operations, safety, health and wellness, quality, balanced development, security and information management.

Brief Description

Job Purpose

We're looking for candidates who can demonstrate the following skills and experience, acting as a company and industry subject matter expert (SME) for switches & crossings (S&C). Direct the development of S&C strategy and technology within the context of the railway system to improve the efficient delivery of corporate outputs and to deliver the future railway.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

Your days will be varied, but you can expect to be involved with:

    Set the company technical strategy for the development of S&C engineering policy, standards and other technical products and use of new and existing S&C engineering assets and systems.

      Provide professional switch and crossing engineering leadership to engineers throughout the company and set technical competence requirements.

        Lead interactions with industry bodies related to S&C to further NR's interests and influence the development of British, European and rail industry standards and legislation.

          Manage improvements in processes, products, systems, team development and organisation design to optimise efficiency in the delivery of the business objectives in line with the corporate strategy.

            Advise the development and management of innovative technology projects to support the current and future railway. Deliver projects to agreed cost, time and quality to meet the needs of the wider business, including associated life cycle support products, processes and competences.

              Manage the financial assessment of the business benefits of development projects and confirm with the Sponsor, end user and Finance. Prioritise work and progress financial authorities where required.

                Set strategy for engagement with external parties on S&C issues. Establish close collaboration with academic institutions, the supply industry and others to influence, identify and exploit advances in technology.

                  Identify the need for and manage sophisticated technical investigations into S&C engineering issues.

                    Support formal investigations and the progression of resulting recommendations with expert technical mentorship.

                      Prepare products and systems for an efficient passage through engineering including the application of the common safety method approach.

                      Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


                        Chartered Engineer or equivalent professional engineering qualification.

                          Experience of setting a technology strategy.

                            Broad and extensive experience in the development of S&C technology.

                              Significant senior management and team development experience.

                                A sound knowledge of policies and standards relating to S&C.

                                  A sound understanding of the principles of project management.

                                    Strong commercial awareness and financially astute.

                                      Knowledge of the engineering safety management process.

                                      Whilst it's not essential, we'd love it if you can advise us of any of the following desirable skills/experience:

                                        Fellow of a relevant institution

                                          Relevant management qualification

                                            Experience of working in railway infrastructure management or a similar safety critical environment

                                              Experience in a safety critical role

                                                Experience in both maintenance and projects

                                                How to apply (External)

                                                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. Please contact us should you have any questions or require a reasonable adjustment in order for you to attend an interview.

                                                Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their awareness of our safety vision

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                                                Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the pay range advertised. If your current salary is above the maximum shown you will transfer into the new role on your current base pay. For more information refer to your pay.

                                                This vacancy is Band 1B, salary: (£90,035 - £101,289)

                                                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: 29/05/2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

                                                Proposed 1st Interview dates: w/c 08th June 2020.