Asset Protection Engineer

Last updated 18 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


York, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

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The Eastern region operates some of the busiest and most congested rail lines in the country, transporting large numbers of commuters to and from busy cities including Newcastle, Leeds, York, Sheffield, Derby, Norwich, Cambridge and London.

As one of the largest landowners in the UK, Network Rail Infrastructure works with thousands of people and organisations. These range from private residents who own property adjacent to the railway to large multinational companies.

The Asset Protection team supports all external parties completing work alongside Network Rail infrastructure, facilitating smooth, efficient and successful project delivery whilst ensuring there is no impact on the safe and reliable operation of the railway now or in the future.

Our outside party customers can range from local authorities who are repairing or upgrading our roads, private companies who are investing close to our railways, or utility companies that just need to build over or under the railway to service their business needs.

There are an increasing number of organisations who wish to invest directly in railway infrastructure, improving existing stations, constructing new stations and freight terminals and even re-opening old lines. Network Rail's Open for Business philosophy means we offer opportunity for partners to develop and deliver schemes themselves, working alongside our asset protection team who provide engineering assurance until, in most cases, the completed scheme is transferred into Network Rail ownership.

Brief Description

There is an exciting opportunity to join us in a role that is vital to our success. We are looking for a Asset Protection Engineer to join our Asset Protection team.

This exciting engineering position requiring a diverse set of skills and experience. The purpose of this role is to provide professional engineering assurance and technical interface with outside and third parties. The fast paced and varied work portfolio include some flagship engineering schemes, ranging from new third party constructed stations, multi-span highway bridges, depot upgrades, to complex demolitions, high profile central London property developments and challenging utilities interfaces.

The Asset Protection Engineering team evaluate external engineering proposals, reviewing permanent and temporary works designs, to make sure they comply with standards, legal and regulatory obligations. Working with the wider Eastern Asset Protection team to support the safe and successful delivery of third and outside party projects.

The team geographically covers the North & East route (covers large conurbations of Leeds, Bradford and Hull) and the North half of the East Coast Route above Retford to Berwick-Upon-Tweed. We are looking for a person with a civil engineering background with experience of working as a Project Engineer. The right candidate will have a track record in interpreting multi-disciplinary standards in relation to design and construction. They will have confidence and experience to apply sound engineering judgement, to technically advise our third and outside party interfaces and to challenge standards where appropriate.

Learn more about our Asset Protection and Optimisation team here:

About the role (External)

Role and Responsibilities may include but are not limited to:

  1. Lead compliance with Network Rail engineering driven safety requirements and provide technical advice, conditions and approvals consistent with Network Rail policies and standards on allocated schemes.Identify opportunities for shared value.Prioritise risk and provide assurance of robust engineering management for allocated outside and third party schemes.

  2. Manage the mitigation of engineering and safety risk to the railway associated with proposed and real time outside and third party activities. Provide technical advice in respect of all engineering design, safe by design, technical specification and construction activities for safe delivery, including testing and commissioning and site supervision.

  3. Apply the concept of Requirements Engineering on applicable schemes, liaising with internal stakeholders and providing advice to the Project Interface lead.

  4. Assess and review all outside and third party schemes for compliance with current legislation, including Construction Design Management (CDM) Regulations. Review engineering design and/or construction proposals and activities.

  5. Monitor, assess and review all outside and third party schemes for compliance with Network Rail standards, procedures and requirements, route specifications, systems and procedures to deliver a cost effective, high quality, safe and environmentally responsible approach to design, construction, commissioning and other technical activities. Manage the engineering approvals and consents required for the design and implementation of projects

  6. Facilitate outside and third party scheme change, with analysis of risks and contingency within the specific project life cycle on the basis of engineering detail, to enable project authorisation.

  7. Manage relevant engineering activities so that schemes supportprogramme requirements for outside and third party customers in a safe and environmentally responsible manner for time, cost and quality to deliver the safety and integrity of railway operations and infrastructure.

  8. Apply relevant techniques and procedures of quantitative and qualitative risk assessment and hazard identification and analysis techniques to allocated schemes.

  9. Carry out the duties of designated project engineer (DPE) for specific projects.

  10. Undertake technical reviews of clearance proposals for the route, external planning applications and land use changes by external parties whilst safeguarding Network Rail's infrastructure and operational requirements.

  11. Undertake reviews of external party applications for discharge of planning conditions and manage the review of engineering consents to works on ex-railway land, subject to restrictive Covenants in benefit of Network Rail.

  12. Monitor internal and external design / specialist consultants and contractors for outside and third party schemes in respect of competence of contractor's design, construction and specialist workforce.


Are you?

  • Technical qualifications to HNC/HND or equivalent GNVQ level

  • Previous experience in the management of outside and third party activities and mitigation of risk

  • Successful relevant experience in engineering disciplines, ideally with involvement in construction and design projects across multi discipline areas

  • Significant knowledge of technical, safety and performance standards and their application to asset protection activities

  • Clear understanding of CDM, with the ability to recognise CDM duties, and associated requirements under Health & Safety legislation

  • Knowledge of safety management including the concept of safe by design principles

  • Understanding of the arrangements required for the independent assessment of work

  • Knowledge of quality assurance

  • Knowledge of risk assessment, including auditing internal and external engineering competency

Do you have?

  • Membership of a relevant professional body working towards incorporated or chartered status

  • Knowledge of project management

How to apply (External)

Salary and benefits:

Salary of £40,107 - £45,120 (Band 4.C) depending on skills, qualifications and experience

  • 28 days annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays

  • My benefits - Our discounted online shopping site

  • A range of discounted offers including, childcare vouchers, healthcare offers - cycle to work, healthcare club discounted membership and other benefits

  • Subsidies of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets

  • A choice of contributory pension schemes

  • 2 weeks paid reserve leave for our Armed Forces community

**Please note that the advert closes on the 03-03-2021 and late applications will not be considered **

Oh, and by the way

We care deeply about welcoming people no matter where they're from, how old they are or what disability they may have. We encourage applications from every age, race, ethnicity, disability, gender, gender identity, religion, culture, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, maternity or caring responsibility. We want our employees to bring their whole self to work and that starts with you!

We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential skills and experience detailed above. Network Rail positively embraces flexible working, recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. We will consider all flexible working applications.

Network Rail is required to comply with UK Government standards when carrying out pre-employment checks for all new starters; this includes a basic criminal record check. In addition to the basic criminal record check, in accordance with the UK Government we are also required to verify your identity, right to work in the UK and previous three years employment history.

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