Route Engineer [DOT]

Last updated 13 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


Derby, GB

Department Name

Eastern Region

About Network Rail

Network Rail has played a key role in keeping the country moving during the coronavirus pandemic - and we will play an equally important part in rebuilding from it.

We get people where they need to be, whether they are commuting to work, visiting friends or family, or going for a night out.

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We make millions of lives better every day and have a vital job in driving the economy and prosperity of the nation!

Those responsibilities have seldom been more important, so it's a great time to join Network Rail if you want to play your part in helping the country rebuild.

Over the coming years we will be building and improving crucial rail links between the country's biggest cities, making our services faster, more comfortable and more reliable for the people who rely on us.

We're also changing our organisation to put the passenger at the heart of everything we do, to make our people even prouder to work for us and to be recognised as a true leader in our industry.

In joining Network Rail, you're not only joining an organisation with a vital role to play for the country, but also a team of more than 40,000 people, and a business dedicated to being one of Britain's best employers.

Does this sound like a team you'd love to be a part of?

Brief Description

As a Route Engineer (Drainage and Off Track) you will be responsible for the engineering life cycle of the drainage and off track assets within East Midlands from maintenance to improvements and from current performance to the business planning horizon.

Your role will be essential, leading and developing the delivery of plans to meet business objectives following policies, including optimising the renewals workbanks to achieve the best value for money. You'll provide support to our Maintenance and Delivery teams to achieve plans and drive continuous improvement and develop competence and capability.

Also, you will own the inclusion of all investment items into appropriate programmes and monitor through to completion, including approval of programme changes. Identify and advise on the implications if work is not undertaken in the recommended time-frame.

This role is also critical in leading the Route to delivering our environmental and biodiversity targets.

About the role (External)


  1. Maintain records of asset condition, key risks, and performance impacts and use this to develop plans that deliver required asset performance within budget, objectives and policy as part of the continuous business planning process.

  2. Supervise all plans to ensure they are appropriate to deliver required regulatory outputs and amend the plans as necessary to deliver compliant output targets. Agree maintenance activity volumes with delivery unit teams.

  3. Sponsor renewal and improvement schemes, unless other arrangements have been made. Review investment papers for compliance and participate in funding negotiations.

  4. Work with other members of the wider business to review renewal and enhancement proposals to optimise engineering activity across the railway infrastructure system and resolve critical technical problems.

  5. Provide technical resource to support the development and implementation of projects to confirm the technical requirements are sufficient, accurately interpreted and any changes agreed. Check that completed schemes are appropriately assessed to settle they meet the project remit.

  6. Lead the specification of acceptance criteria including design approval, acceptance of equipment and hand back to maintenance as appropriate.

  7. Act as engineering authority for work unless formally delegated to others, and provide a route-based engineering single point of contact for Capital Delivery, Works Delivery, Maintenance and Operations senior management.

  8. Provide nationally consistent advice and guidance in the production and acceptance of business focussed renewals proposals.

  9. Handle the arrangements for technical briefing of engineers in order that the purpose, as well as the content of standards, specification, etc. is understood.

  10. Review, and approve as appropriate, derogations and non-compliances to standards in compliance with the delegated authority framework. Lead the response to applications outside of own delegated authority.

  11. Collate any issues of significance and collaborate closely with the Regional team to develop and spread consistent standard methodology. Develop and review national standards. Collate, review and manage progression of potential improvements to standards from specified delivery units; providing feedback where necessary.

  12. Undertake Level 1 assurance and verification activities: assuring the Route Director that planned activities are being undertaken to a satisfactory standard (including legislative compliance); giving feedback to delivery teams; mitigating long term business risk; and to optimise asset outcomes in line with policy and strategies for safety, performance and reliability.

  13. Direct the scheduling of examination, inspection, monitoring and assessment of civils assets and the evaluation of the reports, and the production of route specific and asset type management regimes.

Do you have?

  • A Chartered Engineer with Civil engineering experience

  • Understanding of water management

  • A sound knowledge of technical, safety and performance standard

  • An understanding of safety management systems and risk assessment techniques

  • Experience of managing complex systems (including integrating engineering systems) and an understanding of the maintenance of assets

  • Understanding of CDM regulations

How to apply (External)

Salary and benefits:

  • Salary of £78,575 - £88,397 (Band 2.C) depending on skills, qualifications and experience

  • 28 days annual leave entitlement plus bank holidays

  • £6,000 pa Car Allowance

  • 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 08-03-2021 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.

If you like the sound of all that, we'd love it if you could submit your application online.