Occupational Health & Wellbeing Manager

Last updated 21 hours ago
Location:West Midlands
Job Type:Full Time


Birmingham, GB

Department Name

North West & Central Region

About Network Rail

This is an exciting time to join Network Rail in our North Western & Central (NW&C) Region, which is the 'Backbone of Britain' - the economic spine connecting our main cities.

North West & Central's vision for the five years to 2024 is "One team safely delivering excellent services to customers and taxpayers." We will achieve this vision by embedding a safe, caring workforce culture that welcomes everyone and embraces new ideas and fresh thinking. NW&C Region consist of three routes:

  • North West Route, covering Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.

  • Central Route, covering the West Midlands and Chiltern areas.

  • West Coast Mainline South Route*, covering the West Coast main line south of Crewe to London Euston.

    We are looking for talented people from all backgrounds to join our journey and move us forward by having a rewarding career, the right lifestyle balance and great benefits in a caring environment. We value the commitments you may have outside of work and will consider flexible working applications. If we can make it work - we will!

Brief Description

The purpose of this role is to manage the routes approach to occupational health and wellbeing activities, providing assurance relating to effective occupational health management, leading health and wellbeing promotion activities, and working with other routes and central teams to deliver Network Rail's Health and Wellbeing Strategy.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

  1. Act as the route's focal point for day-to-day management of occupational health and wellbeing, monitoring the routes compliance with Network Rail occupational health and wellbeing policies and procedures.

  2. Working with other stakeholders, and in particular the central Health and Wellness Strategy team, develop and implement the route's health and wellbeing improvement plan to address local health requirements, aligned to Network Rail's Integrated Plan.

  3. Identify health and wellbeing related training needs for line managers and other health-related roles in the route, working with other partners to help fulfil them.

  4. Lead occupational health and wellbeing initiatives for the route and as required nationally in area of identified expertise.

  5. Manage the arrangements for the collection of health and wellbeing data in the route to enable better health decisions to be made both locally and inform national decisions.

  6. Working with the route HR and central health strategy teams, support the management and continuous improvement of third party occupational health and wellbeing service provision.

  7. As part of personal continuing professional development, maintain appropriate skills and knowledge to enable support to the route and Network Rail to tackle current and emerging health risks.

  8. Ability to effectively manage a project / programme of works.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Registered General Nurse (RGN) or MSc/BSc in Occupational Health or OH Diploma/certificate.

  • Relevant clinical occupational health expertise required to assess health needs of the business unit

  • Ability to work autonomously on own initiative and be able to prioritise work appropriately

  • An effective communicator

  • Proven knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook

  • Proven resilience in an occupational health environment to be able to deal with the demands of the post


  • Additional qualifications and experience in an area of health specialism, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer in the workplace, mental health, musculoskeletal conditions or vocational rehabilitation

  • Experience of managing third party occupational health service provision

  • Safety management qualification

  • Railway or equivalent industry experience

  • Customer interface, including training/presenting relevant health data/presentations

  • Auditing clinical performance or service delivery

How to apply (External)

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 factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

We will endeavour to provide a gender diverse interview panel wherever possible.

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 commitmentpersonal commitment to safety in their application.

A career with Network Rail is a journey and we will do everything we can to make it a great one. That means plenty of support for personal and professional development. It also means a great range of benefits. Working with us, you'll enjoy 28 days holiday, access to a range of contributory pension schemes, and the potential to top up your competitive salary with a bonus. We can offer you a season ticket loan, annual season tickets are discounted. What's more, you can take advantage of childcare vouchers, discounted cycle hire and more. Discover more at https://www.networkrail.co.uk/careers/life-at-network-rail/

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.

Salary: £40,107 - £45,120

Closing date: 27/01/2021. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.