Head of Safety & Sustainability

Last updated 3 hours ago
Job Type:Full Time

Salary: Competitive
Shift Pattern: Monday - Friday - Weekends when required

About Us

LNER is the rail company that stepped in and took over the East Coast mainline after Virgin Trains East Coast. We began our journey on Sunday 24 June 2018 and we have ambitious plans to change the face of train travel. We want to create a service everybody loves, that our people are proud to work for and helps the communities that we’re part of, to flourish.

We kept our promise to maintain a seamless transition between old and new. While doing that, we launched the future of rail travel, with our new Azuma train. It’s already a great success, introducing more seats, more space and above all, punctuality.

Whether you’re nipping to your auntie’s for cake and a cuppa, braving a meeting with the boss or treating the kids to a day of candy floss and sandy toes. We’re with you. Making it happen. Connecting towns and cities, people and places with pride.

Everything we do at LNER is geared towards delivering great experiences for our passengers, our colleagues and our communities.

Together, we’re driving innovation and transforming rail travel. By being on time, having more trains and more seats, to the huge leaps in engineering like our stunning Azuma train.

People, places and moving forward are top of our list. We embrace the communities that we operate in, welcome change and are determined to constantly improve everyone’s travel experience across the nation. Not only that, our team is proud to be part of LNER and because of this, they deliver a great service. A service better than anyone else because they care a little bit more.

That’s what makes us LNER.

The Role

The job sounds good doesn't it…? We hardly needed to write an advert…

But we did think you'd like to know a few ins and outs about this excellent opportunity we have to offer. If you want to find out more, read on, if we got you at the job title what are you waiting for…? APPLY NOW!

Here at LNER we have gone through a year of massive change since being rebranded, and earlier this year we made some significant changes to help us deliver the best performing railway in the UK and to deliver the most enjoyable & safest customer experience across our historic route.

We are working closely with the Department for Transport (DfT) & Network Rail to deliver the aspiring East Coast upgrade that will unlock the full potential of our route for LNER & multiple other TOC's that use the East Coast Mainline.

As a member of the Senior Team, contribute to developing and delivering the Business Strategy to achieve defined business goals in line with the Company's vision and values. To deliver the Safety and Environment strategies for the business and drive improvements. Guide, develop and motivate the Safety and Environment Team to continue to be one of the businesses highest performing team and create a great place to work. Professional Head of Occupational Health and Safety and Environment for London North Eastern Railway.

What would you be doing…?

  • Responsible for implementing the Safety and Environment Plans to achieve agreed targets, alongside other financial and non-financial targets detailed in the Business Plan.
  • Responsible for guiding and developing an engaged, capable and high performing Safety and Environment team, making sure that the people plan is fully aligned with the London North Eastern Railways values.
  • Responsible for developing and delivering initiatives throughout the business to maximise the safety and environmental awareness of employees.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing a Safety and Environment strategy that minimises risk and meets the requirements of the business.
  • Responsible for developing and implementing best in class policies, processes and systems that create a culture of safety excellence to deliver safe, high quality, cost effective train operations.
  • Responsible for the safety and environmental assurance programme to ensure we remain compliant with internal and external requirements.
  • Develop and maintain safety, environment and quality audit arrangements to ensure compliance with internal and external requirements.
  • Makes sure that Business Continuity Plans are in place for the Safety team.
  • Act as the Company single point of contact with TRANSEC for all matters relating to security.
  • Responsible for guiding the production and delivery of the annual Safety Plan and annual Environment Plan.
  • Responsible for developing and managing productive relationships with key stakeholders to maximise opportunities for the business.
  • Responsible for ensuring that the Safety and Environment team supports the delivery of the London North Eastern Railways CSR strategy.
  • Develop plans for Safety and Environment on an annual and three-year basis.
  • Guide the Safety and Environment team to ensure efficient and safe use of allocated resources, adherence to laid down technical and safety standards and the achievement of planned aimsin terms of safety, quality, customer service, cost and performance.
  • Head the selection, training, motivation, development and management of all staff within the Safety and Environment team to a standard of quality which is appropriate to the satisfactory discharge of allocated responsibilities and which achieves maximum productivity of the human resource. Develop and implement appropriate strategies that support the goals of the London North Eastern Railways franchise.
  • Display a leadership style and set behaviours that motivate your team to achieve targets and contribute to the development of a positive leadership culture within the business.
  • Develop and use the KPI process to measure the team's progress and success and take appropriate action to rectify emerging issues.
  • Effectively manage the performance of your team. This includes using performance management, reward and recognition and poor performance procedures etc, in a timely and appropriate manner.
  • Identify training and development needs and solutions in conjunction with the learning and development team to enable team standards to be met and improved.
  • Proactively develop the skills of the company business managers through coaching and mentoring.
  • Using company frameworks ensure effective two-way communication with your team. This includes listening and acting upon appropriate ideas for improvement generated by the team and others.
  • Maintain a secondary competence role for the purpose of contingency planning
  • Ensure relevant training and competencies are gained and maintained in order to resource our continued service during times of disruption.

Got your attention yet…? Of course, with this being such a specialist role, there are a few ‘must haves'…

What do we need you to have…?

  • Comprehensive standards of education, a degree or higher degree/business qualification being highly desirable.
  • Extensive experience in a senior safety and environment role.
  • Inspirational leadership qualities and a team player approach in board and executive level teams.
  • Experience in facilitating collaboration in complex matrix organisations.
  • Expertise in developing, influencing and managing complex and significant stakeholder relationships.

Are you ready to guide LNER through some huge changes?? Want to be the custodian for all safety & sustainability across LNER? It's time to update your CV and click ‘apply'.

We look forward to reading over your application.

What We Offer

We’re very picky about who works for LNER. So when you wear the LNER uniform, you have to be at the top of your game. Our customers expect the very best service and we expect you to deliver it.

In return, you’ll receive a competitive salary. Oh, and throw in a benefits package traditionally described as ‘generous’.

This includes;

  • Free travel on LNER trains for you and your dependants
  • 75% off other Train operating companies (again for you and your dependants)
  • Discounted international travel after one years service
  • 50% discount for friend and family
  • Generous pension scheme

Along with various schemes and offers

Your Application

What happens next?

We promise we’ll let you know as soon as we can the outcome of your application and/or any testing you do.

If you are successful, you’ll be invited along to an interview or to take part in one of our assessment centres. These can include interview, group exercise, role play, or more tests (we have lots of industry standard tests that help us keep everyone safe!). During these sessions, we’ll get to know more about you and you can also make sure we are right for you – it’s a two-way process!