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Fleet Engineer

Posted: 8 Apr 2021 Closes: 20 Apr 2021
United Kingdom GBP 40,107.00 - 45,120.00 per year
Permanent & Full-time NWR_IRC2207910

About Network Rail

We at Network Rail are dedicated to becoming one of Britain's best employers and believe this starts with placing the candidate at the heart of everything we do!

Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users, drives us every day and we're empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.

We're passionate about great service and we ask ourselves, what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do? With this in mind, we pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key. For more information about Network Rail click here.

Route Services is a division of Network Rail, formed to provide our routes with services and supplies that they need in order to maintain and deliver a better railway for a better Britain. We work with our customers to provide them with the safest, most cost-efficient and effective services enabling them to benefit from economies of scale and optimised national resources.

Supply Chain Operations

This opportunity sits in Supply Chain Operations (SCO), a division of Route Services that procures safe, sustainable, products and services that are in turn used to improve and enhance the rail infrastructure across Britain. SCO aims to deliver excellent value and service to our customers, helping the rail industry to work together to deliver a more cost-effective railway.

Our extensive supply chain network plays a crucial role in helping to run a safe and efficient railway.

Every year we:

• Buy and deliver 2,000km of rail and 2.5 million tonnes of ballast.

• Operate 1,200 rail vehicles.

Behind the scenes we:

• Process £7,000,000,000 of payments.

• Handle over 23,000 IT helpdesk calls.

Every year:

• Mechanical and electrical locking fitters maintain 468 signal boxes and 387 ground frames.

• Operational property helpdesk process over 200,000 calls.

Brief Description

Deliver all fleet engineering activities for the fleet to make sure it is fit-for-purpose and compliant with relevant legislation and standards. Deliver fleet engineering works which support the continuous improvement of the fleet and enhance capabilities which meet business objectives of the customer.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

  • Provide specialist input to the sourcing and delivery of maintenance, repair, modification and overhaul of fleet assets to ensure they are fit-for-purpose and can safely deliver customer requirements.

  • Provide specialist input to the production of engineering specifications and contract negotiations for maintenance, modification, renewal and construction of fleet assets to meet customer's emerging business needs.

  • Identify potential modifications to the fleet assets to improve performance, capability, efficiency and service delivery. Manage the development of business cases and all engineering deliverables necessary to demonstrate compliance with commercial and engineering policy.

  • Develop and implement engineering management systems which are compliant with relevant legislation, company and industry standards.

  • Provide technical input to contract management, monitor KPIs and implementation of corrective actions.

  • Maintain positive relations with customers, suppliers, and between key internal departments.

  • Identify and manage the resolution of engineering issues, prioritisation of tasks and, where necessary, escalate where they have the potential to impact on service delivery.

  • Provide specialist input to the development and implementation of the engineering management strategy for the fleet, including, maintenance, overhaul, improvements, spares and value engineering. Lead audit programs and local investigations as required.
  • Maintain own competence and development plan to support fleet engineering management.

  • As required by the business, attend incidents, support or provide the lead for operational fleet support.

  • Support the development of other engineers within the fleet community by mentoring / coaching

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • HNC/HND or equivalent qualifications 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


  • Degree in a relevant subject (Level 6)
  • Incorporated Engineer or Chartered Engineer
  • Project management experience and awareness of project management techniques
  • Railway industry experience

How to apply (External)

Salary: £40,107 - £45,120

Closing date:
20th April 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

Please clearly show in your application how your skills and experience match the requirements of this role.

Click 'apply now' or click here for details of how to apply.

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.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate based on race, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. Click here for more information

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All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks. Click here for more information

At Network Rail we encourage our staff to work flexibly as we recognise our busy lives don't always fit around our jobs. We would welcome any applications from those wishing to carry out this role in a flexible way ie part time job share, compressed hours work pattern etc.

*Please note we have adapted our recruitment processes in line with Government advice during COVID-19. Interviews will take place 'virtually' over video and for some office-based roles the successful candidate may need to work from home initially using their own personal device. This guidance is subject to change, we will update you accordingly. We appreciate your understanding.

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