Head of Fire Safety

Last updated 21 hours ago
Job Type:Full Time


, GB

Department Name

Technical Authority

About Network Rail

Network Rail is revitalising Britain's railway! From Crossrail - Europe's largest civil engineering project- to investment in outstanding stations and major programmes of electrification, we're delivering some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

Brief Description

Network Rail employ over 40,000 staff operating a vast range of kit, plant and machines; our staff work in offices, out on the infrastructure including in tunnels, enclosed spaces, complex electrical and mechanical installations, signalling systems and power distribution systems. Not forgetting our critically important mainline stations.

Technical Authority (TA) is an arm of Network Rail (NR). Its purpose is to support NR's front line to deliver safe and efficient performance for passengers and freight. This is done by providing technical leadership and specialist expertise, managing the National Control and Competence Frameworks, facilitating technical growth and lateral learning and assuring regional delivery. We have the best engineers within TA, and many are undoubtedly world leading specialists within their fields

About the role (External)

What will you be doing?

Among many things, develop the company fire risk policy, strategy and loss control strategy to reduce the risk from fire and align with statutory fire safety legislation and Railway Group Standards in order to protect Network Rail's extensive property portfolio and minimise business disruption.

Your average day to day will look like...

Lead and develop current systems that enable effective and efficient measurement, monitoring, audit and review of fire safety arrangements to provide clear and concise reports to senior management in respect of the adequacy of, and adherence to, NR fire risk arrangements. Whilst implementing liaison arrangements with principal officers of the Communities and Local Government, Health and Safety Executive, Office of Rail and Road, Fire Authorities, Chief Fire Officers Association and actively support the Rail Industry Fire Association (RIFA) to ensure NR has continued standard methodology learning and input into key industry groups/partners.

Supervise the technical input into fire safety and fire awareness training courses for the business to ensure a framework is available for regions to implement for a proficient and capable workforce. Own the integration of fire safety requirements into engineering standards, maintain specific fire safety standards and mentorship in order to ensure NR has appropriate means of control, taking into account economic issues, costs and benefits and practicability

For full details of the responsibilities and essential and desirable requirements, please see attached job description.

Skills and experiences required:

Below are just some of the requirements needed.

  • Significant experience in managing fire safety in a large safety critical organisation
  • Chartered Fire Safety professional (e.g. Institution of Fire Engineers)
  • A sound knowledge of applicable policies, standards and national legislation and developing technology and product strategies related to fire safety
  • Knowledge of industry fire safety management and risk assessment process

We would also like, but isn't crucial:

  • Strong commercial awareness, financially astute with broad and extensive experience in the development of engineering technology within fire safety
  • Experience of working in railway infrastructure management or a similar safety critical environment

So, if you're looking for your next challenge, able to communicate across all levels, already looking or ready for the next step up in the career ladder. If you feel that you have the skills, experience and qualifications, required then NR encourages you to apply now for the Head of Fire Safety post!

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 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: £90,035 - £101,289

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

Closing date:31/01/2021, late applications will not be accepted.We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

This role can be based nationwide.