Head of Corporate Safety

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Job Type:Full Time


, GB

Department Name

Technical Authority

About Network Rail

Network Rail - owns, manages 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.

Brief Description

Technical Authority (TA) - are a vitally important part of the freight and passenger business. We are here to consistently deliver for our front line and customers today, tomorrow and for the future. Our specialists in safety, engineering, asset management, security, health, information management, environment and sustainability are responsive and focus on the things that make a positive difference to the regions and routes. We are at the leading edge of international railway practice and technology development.

Health & Safety - Making up part of our Technical Authority Our focus is to help the business improve our safety and health performance. We cover the safety of our workforce and passengers by helping to identify train accident controls and lead on how to tackle the risks posed from level crossings. We have a dedicated team of accident reporting specialists, as well as teams who look after accident investigations, our assurance activities, culture change and our lead health and safety trade union representatives are part of the team. We enable some of the most critical parts of the business to operate.

About the role (External)

You will be drawing on your deep safety technical expertise to provide world-class technical and strategic occupational and passenger safety vision and leadership across the business and the UK's rail industry including, Train & Freight Operating companies and industry membership bodies such as the Rail Delivery Group.

You will be both developing and delivering the company vision for Network Rail's organisational strategy, policies and controls for the safety of our workforces, and passengers whilst acting as a company expert for the provision of safety advice to the Board, NR as a whole and the wider GB Rail industry.

Day to day, you will be liaising with the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), Department of Transport (DfT) and other UK and European bodies to help develop safety plans in conjunction with the Train Operators using it. You will also own and oversee the sponsorship of programmes designed to improve occupational, passenger and public safety. Additionally, you will support the effective execution of the NR risk management process across workforce and Passenger risk as well as specifications, guidance and process related to NR's H&S Management System.

To be considered for this role, you must hold the following skills and experience

  • Experience of developing and implementing ambitious strategies relating to improvement of both workforce and passenger safety across a national/international organization. Whilst Rail experience is nice to have, it's not considered essential.

  • Experience of leading a high performing, industry respected, safety function for passenger and public, and workforce safety.

  • Experience of successful development and sponsorship of high profile, high value front-line safety improvement programmes for passenger and workforce safety that have delivered tangible improvements in a complex safety critical industry

  • Chartered Safety professional (CMIOSH or equivalent)

  • Highly collaborative, and adept at developing lasting and productive relationships with diverse senior leaders.

  • Resilient with the ability to handle multiple technical issues at the same time.

For more info, please refer to the JD attached.

How to apply (External)

External how to apply section

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.

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefitsincluding a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets (to a maximum amount of £2,750).

Network Rail positively embraces flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £107,428 - £127,890.

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

This role can be based nationwide.

Closing date:Sunday 24th January 2021, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes