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12 months ago
Network Rail
Salary: Milton Keynes
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Rail
Category: Health & Safety Jobs
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 £38bn in the railway by 2019 to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

The Safety, Technical & Engineering (STE) Group encompasses asset management, engineering, safety, health and wellness, and sustainable development, together with our key national change programmes including business critical rules, level crossing risk reduction, risk based maintenance and safety culture change.

Designed to reinforce the reality that safety is critical for every element of what we do, the STE Group delivers a ‘Centre of Expertise' combining high quality safety, technical and engineering leadership to the business. With elements from Network Operations and Infrastructure Projects, it also provides a much clearer interface for the Routes.

Our key accountabilities are:

· Innovate – Define and deliver national improvement programmes and commission research and development to achieve a better railway

· Lead – Provide strategic leadership and guidance to Network Rail and external stakeholders on safety, environmental, sustainability, technical and engineering concerns

· Assure – Assure Network Rail engineering assets by governing standards and frameworks and measuring our compliance against them

· Grow – Improve the health and vitality of all Network Rail employees, grow our leadership capability across STE by developing competency frameworks and aligning competencies to industry developments and use management information, audits and investigations to identify best practice and continuous improvement.

Brief Description

An exciting opportunity for a wheel/rail interaction engineer with an interest in railway vehicle dynamics and computer simulation is available in the Wheel and Rail Management Team within the Safety, Technical and Engineering function. The team has established itself as a world leader in understanding the wheel/rail interface and, in collaboration with the Vehicle/Track Systems Interface Committee (V/T SIC), is shaping innovative projects to improve wheel/rail interaction, and improve safety and performance whilst minimising industry whole-life costs.

The role will:

• Support the use of, and development of, Network Rail's in-house Track-Ex rail surface damage modelling software, and assist in the delivery of training

• Support derailment investigations including collecting evidence from site and post-site analysis

• Participate in the delivery of technical projects on behalf of the Vehicle/Track System Interface Committee (VT/SIC )

• Use and interpret vehicle dynamics software to solve and understand wheel/rail interaction issues

• Provide technical support on wheel and rail management issues within Network Rail and the wider industry through engagement with V/T SIC

About the role (External)

Key accountabilities

* Act as focal point for best practice and technical advice in own specialist area.

* Provide support for incident and technical investigation and analysis.

* Provide support for capability and performance assessment of options and designs.

* Support the delivery of activities required by Network Rail policy and standards, incorporating legislation and international standards as appropriate.

* Support the development of and work to agreed operational processes.

* Provide support for strategy, product and asset development.

* Identify and prioritise actions to address defects and deliver corrective actions.

* Schedule and undertake analysis and risk assessments and develop mitigating actions.

* Monitor and evaluate technical and related asset data.

* Undertake information management and record-keeping.

* Undertake and support Engineering Verification activities.

* Act as Delivery Manager for delivery of a specific project or portfolio of projects and deliver projects to time, cost and quality.



• HNC/HND or equivalent qualification or demonstrate equivalent experience (Level 4 / 5)

• Substantial experience in a relevant engineering area

• Sound knowledge of relevant policies and standards

• An understanding of safety management systems and risk assessment techniques

• Understanding of railway vehicle dynamics, particularly wheel/rail interaction

• Experience of computer simulation and modelling of engineering problems

• Keen interest in understanding and investigating technical problems and problem solving, with good attention to detail and enthusiasm to learn and develop.


• Degree in a relevant subject (Level 6)

• Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer

• Project management experience and awareness of project management techniques

• Railway industry experience

• Knowledge and experience of using Vampire vehicle dynamics software

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.

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 benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3000 (to a maximum amount of £2,250).

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: £39,514 - £44,453.

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: 06-07-2018, late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

It is a requirement of the role to live within 90 minutes commuting time of The Quadrant Milton Keynes.

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