Quality Technician Inspector - 6 Month Fixed Term Opportunity/Secondment

Last updated 11 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


Nottinghamshire, GB

Department Name

Route Services

About Network Rail

We at Network Rail are dedicated to becoming one of Britain's best employers and believe this starts with placing the candidate at the heart of everything we do!

Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users, drives us every day and we're empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.

We're passionate about great service and we ask ourselves, what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? With this in mind, we pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. For more information about Network Rail click here.

Route Services is a division of Network Rail, formed to provide our routes with services and supplies that they need in order to maintain and deliver a better railway for a better Britain. We work with our customers to provide them with the safest, most cost-efficient and effective services enabling them to benefit from economies of scale and optimised national resources.

Supply Chain Operations

This opportunity sits in Supply Chain Operations (SCO), a division of Route Services that procures safe, sustainable, products and services that are in turn used to improve and enhance the rail infrastructure across Britain. SCO aims to deliver excellent value and service to our customers, helping the rail industry to work together to deliver a more cost-effective railway.

Our extensive supply chain network plays a crucial role in helping to run a safe and efficient railway.

Every year we:

  • Buy and deliver 2,000km of rail and 2.5 million tonnes of ballast.

  • Operate 1,200 rail vehicles.

Behind the scenes we:

  • Process £7,000,000,000 of payments.

  • Handle over 23,000 IT helpdesk calls.

Every year:

Mechanical and electrical locking fitters maintain 468 signal boxes and 387 ground frames.

Operational property helpdesk process over 200,000 calls.

Brief Description

Undertake, manage and deliver the day to day inspection and assurance of S&C (switches and crossings), and POE (points operating equipment) at S&C manufacturing sites in accordance with the relevant Network Rail standards and procedures. Manufacturing sites are located around the UK, the need to travel is expected by any applicant.

About the role (External)

About the role:

The S&C/POE inspector will undertake inspections and verification of POE and S&C built by S&C suppliers at their manufacturing sites using the appropriate documentation to assure compliance to relevant NR standards

Manage the day-to-day scheduling of inspections ensuring layouts are inspected in a timely manner without risk to delivery and installation plans.

Maintain a central library of inspection records for ease of access, promoting consistency, efficiency of inspection and supporting customer requests/queries.

Remain up to date on relevant Network Rail Standards and Drawings and when required provide input into working groups or stakeholder reviews when standards are being revised.

Liaise with relevant NR departments on any deviation from standards which may affect the despatch, installation or commissioning of S&C layouts.

Assist Product Development Manager in identifying and implementing quality and efficiency improvement initiatives.

Produce periodic and ad-hoc reports to PDM as required.

Provide on-site support when required on new layouts.


Good understanding of Switches and Crossings (S&C)

Appreciation of Points Operating Equipment (POE)

Awareness of Quality assurance and processes

High level of proficiency in report writing and IT literacy

Broad understanding of infrastructure products and materials

Flexible and able to work in isolation and in a team environment.


Good analytical and excel skills

Understanding of Network Rail Standards and Drawings

Excellent knowledge of Points Operating Equipment

Excellent influencing, customer focus and communication skills

Previous experience of using and maintaining calibrated measuring equipment

Commercial awareness.

How to apply (External)

Salary: £32,740 - £36,832

Closing date:
10th July 2020. Late applications will not be accepted.
We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

Please clearly show in your application how your skills and experience match the requirements of this role.

Click 'apply now' or click here for details of how to apply.

This is a 6-month fixed term opportunity.

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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Click here for more information

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All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks. Click here for more information

At Network Rail we encourage our staff to work flexibly as we recognise our busy lives don't always fit around our jobs. We would welcome any applications from those wishing to carry out this role in a flexible way ie part time job share, compressed hours work pattern etc.

*Please note we have adapted our recruitment processes in line with Government advice during COVID-19. Interviews will take place 'virtually' over video and for some office-based roles the successful candidate may need to work from home initially using their own personal device. This guidance is subject to change, we will update you accordingly. We appreciate your understanding.