Senior Test & Commissioning Engineer

Last updated 13 days ago
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.

Network Services will offer specialist and unique services across the network to enable and support our regions in improving the railway for all. We will collaborate with customers to develop, design and deliver national technology programmes which aim to provide innovation and technology advancement to our network, which in turn will make us more efficient and effective.

Brief Description

Who are we looking for?

In this role, you will lead the monitoring of the projects in the delegated regional portfolio, in compliance with commissioning standards and procedures. You will monitor that the projects are effectively and efficiently delivering the client/customer expectations signalling testing and commissioning activities for allocated schemes. You will need to monitor the compliance of testing and commissioning activities with the relevant legislation, railway group and company standards and verify that integrated railway systems are safely accepted into use. You will provide proactive management and issue resolution throughout the preparation and implementation of the staged delivery of the programme.

If you have experience of working within the standards and compliance framework, working with internal and external partners on complex, multi-layered projects and are a solutions-focused individual - this role would be perfect for you!

About the role (External)

What does the day to day look like?

As a Senior Testing and Commissioning Engineer, you will lead the establishment of projects from the staging through to the commissioning portion, all the while reviewing and accepting new strategies that would benefit the project.

Working alongside the Project Manager, you will review systems, lead and undertake inspections, and provide independent testing and commissioning guidance. You will be required to submit reviews and prepare reports based on your investigations and at times, provide professional advice to the Project Director with respect to the state of readiness for commissioning.

In exceptional circumstances, you will lead the prioritisation of installation, testing and commissioning activities and resources in consultation with the responsible Project Manager, to secure the maximum operational availability, without compromising safety, following possessions where the works cannot be completed.

Part of this role would be to contribute to the contingency management plan as well as the overall programme risk management plan. You would be asked to attend GRIP stage gate reviews to confirm that the commissioning activities.

What essential skills and experiences are required?

  • Incorporated Engineer
  • Formal qualification in discipline specific testing processes or have held in the last 3 years; hold relevant certificates or licences
  • Extensive knowledge of Railway Systems equipment and processes
  • Experience of major multi stage, multi discipline Railway Infrastructure projects
  • A sound knowledge of policies and standards relating to all Railway Systems Disciplines
  • Good written and oral skills
  • Hold IRSE licence category 6.8.105 Engineering Manager or equivalent or capable of achieving within 2 years.

We would also like, but not essential

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Corporate Member of a relevant institution
  • Experience in posts responsible for maintenance of railway infrastructure equipment
  • Formal qualification in testing and/or testing management
  • Hold A1 Assessor qualification, or capable of achieving within one year

For more information on the role please see the Job description attached below.

How to apply (External)

Closing date: 19th October 2020, late applications will not be accepted.

What can we offer you?

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: - £51,156 to £57,551


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