Security & Contingency Planning Specialist

Job Type:Full Time


Swindon, GB

Department Name

Network Services

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.

The Network Services Directorate incorporates key national functions affecting all regions and routes including our Operational Security & Contingency Planning Team, National Operations Centre and Freight and National Passenger Operators team. Its purpose is to provide leadership and oversight for national operational performance, network-wide initiatives, programmes and strategic capability including security and contingency planning for major incidents . Network Services promotes the importance of the railway operating as a national network, driving up performance and delivering improvements for passengers and freight users. Network Services offers specialist and unique services across the network to enable and support our regions in improving the railway for all.

Brief Description

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual who has excellent verbal and written communication skills and is able to present complex data in a simple and understandable way.

Being able to build strong creditable relationships will be key in this role as you will be acting as the focal point for internal and external stakeholders in relation to security and contingency preparedness of the route(s).

In this role, you will develop, promulgate and maintain security and emergency plans and procedures in line with statutory requirements, Railway Group and Company Standards. This will include providing specialist advice and Level 2 assurance in the fields of operational security and contingency planning.

About the role (External)

What does the day to day look like?

Day to day, you will;

    Assist and advise the routes, including stations, on the development (including templates and associated Standards and guidance) and maintenance of effective security and contingency plans, designed to mitigate loss, in cooperation with internal and external stakeholders.

      Coordinate the development and implementation of an annual programme of planned exercises to test the effectiveness of security and contingency arrangements in conjunction with key stakeholders, and monitor route's performance against the programme.

        Assist and advise the routes with continuous improvement relating to incident management and disruption by facilitating debriefs following exercises and significant incidents; coordinating lessons identified and helping disseminate these throughout Network Rail (NR). Liaise with external stakeholders where required to resolve issues.

          Plan and deliver a programme of physical security risk assessments to identify and assess potential failings in security arrangements within key NR sites, particularly those identified as Critical National Infrastructure, and associated security/emergency plans.

            Be the subject matter expert providing specialist advice in the fields of physical / operational security and contingency / disruption planning and response to the Route Directors and senior leadership teams across the route.

              Provide Level 2 assurance function in the field of operational security and compliance with the National Railways Security Programme (NRSP), by carrying out physical security risk assessments and covert tests of NR assets as required, in order to confirm compliance with legislation and provide recommendations for improvement.

                Provide a link at strategic level to Local Resilience Fora, Devolved Administrations and national representative bodies (e.g. Chief Fire Officers Association) in order to discharge NR's obligations under the Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (CCA 2004). Represent NR at strategic groups acting as a conduit for information from NR to the wider resilience community.

                  Contribute to, or lead as required, the delivery of special projects in the field of operational security or contingency planning and security elements of infrastructure upgrade projects, to deliver operational capability and comply with regulation.

                    Assist and advise the routes, including stations, on the development of the NR response to significant sporting and cultural events, to assist in the delivery of an effective operational response.

                    What essential skills and experiences are required?

                      Educated to degree level or be able to show equivalent level of experience and competency

                        Membership, or ability to achieve membership, of a security and/or emergency planning professional body

                          Formal accredited training in emergency planning, security or similar field

                            Detailed understanding of and proven credibility in operational security matters

                              Good understanding of the principles of contingency and emergency planning and management

                                Excellent verbal and written communication skills, able to present complex data in a simple and understandable way

                                We would also like, but not essential.

                                  Proven experience and expertise in major incident/crisis management at a tactical level

                                    Good understanding of security issues as they affect Network Rail's undertakings

                                      Good understanding of railway operational requirements

                                        Post-graduate qualification in emergency/disaster management, security (domestic or international) counter-terrorism, operational resilience or risk, or similar

                                        Please note National Security Vetting to CTC level will be required before taking up post.

                                        Also, the role currently is part of the national team however it may devolve to the individual Region within the next 12 months.

                                        How to apply (External)

                                        What can we offer you?

                                        Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £40,107 - £45,120

                                          28 days' annual leave + Bank holiday's, you can also buy/sell two days per year

                                            Annual 75% subsidy on train/underground season tickets costing up to £3,333.33

                                              Interest-free travel loan for season tickets for trains and car parks

                                                Performance related pay schemes

                                                  Free counselling

                                                    Childcare vouchers

                                                      Discounts at stations with your Network Rail pass

                                                        Flexible working

                                                          Volunteer leave

                                                            Opportunity to donate through charitable giving schemes

                                                              Training and development


                                                              We're proud to offer a range of pension schemes to our employees that provide flexibility and choice.

                                                              Most new employees are eligible to join either the NRDC defined contribution scheme, the NR CARE Scheme or our career average scheme - a type of defined benefit arrangement.

                                                              After five years' continuous company service, employees are eligible to join the defined benefit Network Rail section of the Railways Pension Scheme.

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                                                              Additional Information

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                                                              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.

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                                                              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: 07TH June 2020, late applications will not be accepted.