Vacancies in rail

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Combined vacancies list
Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of each train operator's vacancies. For more positions, you will need to visit their individual websites (links in this document).

Programme Management Assistant – Planning, Engineering, Operations Directorate

Rail Delivery Group, Central London – Fixed Term Contract

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) exists to enable passenger and freight train operating companies and Network Rail to succeed by delivering better services for their customers – passengers and freight consignors – and thereby bring benefits to taxpayers and the UK economy.

We are currently seeking a Programme Management Assistant/Junior Project Manager who will be deeply involved in defining and executing a major Programme for the industry, contributing to the operational side of the industry realising real change for Tomorrow’s railway. The purpose of this role is to assist and support the Programme Manager and the Programme team including Project Management responsibilities. This is an excellent opportunity to develop change and project management skills in a dynamic industry setting.

Therefore, we are looking for an individual who is familiar with project management techniques, processes and document products and can plan, coordinate and execute these activities. They need to have a flexible approach to work, a ‘can do’ attitude, good people skills and the ability to administer complex information. The individual will be required to work with industry leaders and will need to be comfortable working at this level.

The ideal person will be:

Have some project management experience, able to handle lots of information, confident communicator and administrator. Must be competent in the use of Microsoft office, more specifically Excel. The candidate should be able to take the initiative and have a supportive nature.

It is essential you are able to demonstrate experience or competence of:

  • Transport and Logistics Sector
  • Familiarity with Project management tools/methodologies.
  • Reporting and administration
  • IT ability
  • Team work and self motivation
  • Involvement in a change management environment
  • Working with internal and external stakeholders
  • Some operational or HR experience would be valuable.

If you believe you have the qualities, skills and experience we are seeking, please forward a covering letter, CV and salary expectation to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A full job description is available on request.

The closing date for applications is 30th June 2017.

 

Deputy Director, Government Relations

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) enables rail companies to succeed in transforming and delivering a successful railway. The RDG brings together all passenger and freight operators with Network Rail and HS2, providing services and support to enable them to succeed by delivering better services for their customers. This ultimately benefits taxpayers and the economy.

We are creating a new role as the Deputy Director, Government Relations. The primary purpose of the role will be government relations, building and maintaining relationships with government, and supporting and advising the Chief Executive, other members of the executive team and member organisations to shape government policy and in political engagement. You will provide dynamic and proactive leadership of government relations to develop the RDG as an influential voice and to build advocacy for rail among stakeholders and the public.

Additionally you will be the Deputy to the Director of Communications ensuring the communications team is delivering our programme of proactive, strategic communications.

Vision

You will provide leadership of government relations to develop the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) as an influential voice and to build advocacy for rail among stakeholders and the public.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead  RDG’s government relations, working with the chief executive and executive team to build and maintain positive relationships with stakeholders to shape government policy on rail
  • Facilitate policy formulation across the organisation, identifying gaps and honing asks, to support the delivery of key business objectives and effective engagement with stakeholders
  • Act as member of the communications leadership team, building a high performing directorate, developing its capabilities and ensuring it is a great place to work
  • Work with RDG colleagues and member organisations to develop and deliver the reputation campaign, a programme of proactive, strategic industry communications
  • Lead an exceptional public affairs function, managing engagement with Parliament and devolved assemblies, overseeing a programme of high quality events and supporting engagement with EU stakeholders and act as the deputy director

Person specification

  • Significant experience of working in politics, public affairs and/or policy formulation, preferably with experience of working in government
  • Deep understanding of UK politics and government relations, in particular how UK government departments operate
  • Ability to support senior leaders in building and maintaining positive relationships with key stakeholders, particularly ministers and senior civil servants
  • Evidence of leadership skills, leading teams, engaging and influencing senior stakeholders, developing and delivering strategic communications, and line management
  • Excellent political acumen, first class written and oral communication and interpersonal skills, and ability to think creatively and strategically

Please forward all applications to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The closing deadline for applications is 3rd July 2017.

 

Membership Officer – Communications Directorate – part time (flexible, 16 hours a week)

Rail Delivery Group, Central London - Competitive Salary & Benefits

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) exists to enable passenger and freight train operating companies and Network Rail to succeed by delivering better services for their customers – passengers and freight consignors – and thereby bring benefits to taxpayers and the UK economy.

We are currently seeking a Membership Officer to support the Corporate Communications Manager in delivering and developing regular, high quality communications and engagement with the RDG’s diverse membership.

The Membership Officer will be expected to show initiative whilst planning, organising and prioritising their own work as part of the member engagement function and broader communications directorate. Responsibilities will include producing high quality, regular communications material for members, and helping to ensure we offer and add value to our member organisations. This is an exciting time to be working in rail industry communications, and there will be opportunities to get involved in other areas of the directorate’s work and activity.

S/he will be accountable for the quality, credibility and professionalism of the service they provide. It will be necessary for the Membership Officer to develop an understanding of the rail industry landscape and key issues impacting RDG members.

We are looking for someone with a minimum of two years’ experience working in communications, events or in a membership organisation. Strong written and verbal communications skills are vital, and knowledge of and interest in rail is desirable.

The ideal person will:

Be enthusiastic and creative, with good organisational and people skills. They will need to be flexible and a team player with strong personal integrity, demonstrating initiative and a proactive approach, with have a keen eye for accuracy and have high standards.

Need to demonstrate a firm commitment to personal and professional development, to develop skills and behaviours suitable both to the current role, and with regard to future career development.
Some occasional travel around the UK may be required for this post and flexibility around working hours and days may be required.

It is essential you can demonstrate experience or competence of:

  • An understanding of stakeholder communications and reputation management in support of corporate objectives.
  • Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Analytical and research skills, and the ability to prioritise work in a pressurised environment and meet deadlines.

If you believe you have the qualities, skills and experience we are seeking, please forward a covering letter, CV and salary expectation to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A full job description is available on request.

The closing date for applications is 17th July 2017

 

Service Manager –Technology Services Directorate (12 Month FTC)

Rail Delivery Group, Central London - Competitive Salary & Benefits

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) exists to enable passenger and freight train operating companies and Network Rail to succeed by delivering better services for their customers – passengers and freight consignors – and thereby bring benefits to taxpayers and the UK economy.

We are currently seeking a Service Manager who will be responsible for providing the day-to-day management of the Smaller Services that Technology Services runs to ensure that they are delivered in accordance with the contracted specifications and that TOCs and other stakeholders are satisfied with the service. This involves managing supplier relationships, and the provision of a performance management reporting service.

The Service Manager will assist the Senior Service Delivery Manager in managing the range of Services provided by Technology Services and will work with other suppliers and stakeholders to ensure a joined-up response is providers to our customers.

Therefore, we are looking for a professionally qualified service manager that with experience in managing suppliers coupled with some IT Technical knowledge covering telecommunications, data transfer and IT networking principles.

The ideal person will be:

Professionally qualified with a relevant degree or IT qualification, and demonstrable experience in an IT service management role.

It is essential you are able to demonstrate experience or competence of:

  • Good communication and inter-personal skills
  • High level of analytical skills
  • Good presentational skills for reporting on performance of business deliverables
  • Experience of developing and managing efficient and effective processes and procedures
  • Ability to identify and resolve problems quickly and effectively
  • Understanding and experience of managing service contracts and suppliers
  • Ability to manage contracted services in accordance with ITIL methodology
  • Strong commitment to the customer experience their journey and unrivalled industry success
  • Experience prioritizing customer requirements, working with stakeholders and internal teams

If you believe you have the qualities, skills and experience we are seeking, please forward a covering letter, CV and salary expectation to:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A full job description is available on request.

The closing date for application is 30th June 2017.

 

Head of Quality Assurance – Technology Services Directorate

Rail Delivery Group, Central London - Competitive Salary + Benefits

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) exists to enable passenger and freight train operating companies and Network Rail to succeed by delivering better services for their customers – passengers and freight consignors – and thereby bring benefits to taxpayers and the UK economy.

RDG’s Quality Assurance Practice are currently seeking a Head of Quality Assurance to join their team. The successful candidate will bring to the table an ISTQB certification in advanced test management, automation experience and a good knowledge of smart ticketing (ITSO Scheme), settlement systems and test automation.

The Head of Quality Assurance will be chiefly responsible for defining and establishing a unified testing strategy at the organizational level. They will be required to put together the appropriate testing practices and tools that will be used by the multiple projects across the RDG program.

As Head of Quality Assurance within the Rail Delivery Group, this role will be responsible for the testing and the implementation of multiple projects across the RDG program. The remit of this role will also include working with the various internal teams, external suppliers and stakeholders to ensure a smooth implementation of practices within the projects. They will also have proven experience testing in both a waterfall and agile environment, combined with a strong technical test related background.

The ideal person will be:

Professionally qualified with a Bachelor of Technology in Engineering and or relevant Computer Science or Information Technology qualification and an ISTQB or similar certification in Advanced Test Management and Agile.

It is essential you can demonstrate experience or competence of:

  • Testing principles and methodologies – Agile, Iterative and Waterfall.
  • Automation Framework using Selenium - Robot Framework and Ruby on Rails.
  • Test Management Tools - HP Quality Centre, HP UFT, JIRA, Confluence, TestRail, Zephyr, ASSIST
  • Automation Tool useMango.
  • Settlements and reconciliation systems.
  • ITSO Smart Ticketing scheme.
  • Train Service Agreements and associated services.
  • HTML
  • XML and XBRL formatted messaging.
  • SOAP and REST protocols.
  • Demonstrate experience with setting up testing frameworks for manual and automated testing in big organisations.
  • Previous experience and roles responsible for setting up Quality Assurance Framework.

If you believe you have the qualities, skills and experience we are seeking, please forward a covering letter, CV and salary expectation to:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  A full job description is available on request.

The closing date for applications is 4th July 2017

 

Technical Project Manager – Technology Services (x1 FTC)

Rail Delivery Group, Central London - Competitive Salary & Benefits

The Rail Delivery Group (RDG) exists to enable passenger and freight train operating companies and Network Rail to succeed by delivering better services for their customers – passengers and freight consignors – and thereby bring benefits to taxpayers and the UK economy.

We are currently seeking a Technical Project Manager who will report into the Programme Management function within Technology Services. The role-holder will be expected to be proactive, enthusiastic and work collaboratively to provide guidance and support to both internal and external systems development teams and train companies.

The ideal person will be:

  • An enthusiastic project manager that is seeking career advancement and development in a demanding role with growth potential.
  • Prince II Certified and have managed projects up to £250K. A degree or equivalent would be an advantage but not essential, if backed with appropriate further education and experience.

It is essential you are able to demonstrate experience or competence of:

  • Supplier and commercial management
  • Planning projects and tracking delivery against contractual and project milestones
  • The ability to work within timescales, plans and budgets 
  • Good analytical skills, be a fast thinker and a good decision maker  
  • The ability to work with business and technical teams to understand complex issues in a way which is more easily understood as part of problem solving and risk mitigation
  • Strong communication skills, ability to work with a variety of people and remain calm 
  • A commitment to and ability to work well as part of a team operating across the organisation 
  • Solid presentational skills in terms of leading meetings and reporting progress  
  • Use of Microsoft Office including Project
  • The ability to work independently and prioritise workload
  • Software delivery lifecycle both Agile and Waterfall

If you believe you have the qualities, skills and experience we are seeking, please forward a covering letter, CV and salary expectation to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. A full job description is available on request.

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