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Operative - Signalling Maintenance

Posted: 12 Nov 2020 Closes: 12 Dec 2020
Par, United Kingdom GBP 37,974.00 per year
Permanent & Full-time -960602516

About Network Rail

Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain's railway. We're making rail safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever before. It's a real team effort. One which calls for the collaboration of the industry's finest professionals. We've created a supportive, sharing, respectful and diverse culture.

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

Maintaining the rail network is a 24/7 all year-round job. It calls for determination, dedication and flexibility, because there's no room for compromise. Our customers demand and deserve outstanding reliability from the network. And we are passionate about operational and technical excellence.

Brief Description

You'll play a highly practical role in keeping Britain moving, doing a wide range of manual maintenance tasks, the efficiency and safety of the railway is in your hands. You'll be on the frontline, which means you'll play a key role in keeping passengers and freight safe and making journeys smooth.

About the role (External)

The signalling maintenance department consists of small teams undertaking a variety of different tasks including scheduled maintenance visits to a multitude of different signalling assets. These assets include signals that control when trains can run, level crossings, and points systems, some which exist from the Victorian era through to modern equipment linked to digital technology. You'll have the opportunity to develop a huge range of skills to be able to work on all the equipment to be able to respond to the incidents and emergencies when things go wrong.

Find out more about Signalling assets and equipment and the work you would be doing here.

The railway working environment can be dangerous if the rules and procedures laid out by Network Rail in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work Act are not followed. Network Rail has a duty of care to ensure our employees are always safe, which is why you will be provided with relevant PPE. Working on the railway is physically demanding because it is a manual labour job outdoors in all weathers on unstable/uneven ground. The safest time to access the railway to complete work is when trains are not running, which is predominantly nights, weekends, and British national holidays, which means shift working does not follow a standard pattern/routine.

If you've got what it takes, we'll provide all the training, protective clothing and support you need to succeed.

What we're looking for:

  • Willing to work in an environment where safety is vital
  • Willing and able to work shifts, including days, nights and weekends
  • A team player
  • Keen to develop new skills
  • Good communication skills, both in person and in writing
  • Meet the required benchmark for application screening questions
  • Must meet required online testing benchmark


  • Interest in electrical systems
  • Enjoy practical problem solving
  • Maths, English, Science/Physics qualifications 4/C minimum
  • Category B license and willing and able to drive Network Rail vehicles

How to apply (External)

Network Rail adheres to pre-employment Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS), this is government standard for pre -employment vetting. BPSS government standard pre-employment vetting requires Network Rail to screen a potential employee's unspent criminal convictions and undertake 3-year career checks. Employment at Network Rail is subject to employees meeting the BPSS government standard pre-employment vetting.

This is a safety critical role so subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical including a colour-blind assessment.

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. Network Rail is a family friendly employer and recognises that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

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.

A career with Network Rail is a journey. We'll do everything we can to make it a great one. That means plenty of support for personal and professional development. It also means a great range of benefits. Working with us, you'll enjoy 28 days holiday and access to a range of contributory pension schemes. We can offer you a season ticket loan, annual season tickets are discounted. What's more, you can take advantage of childcare vouchers, discounted cycle hire and more. Discover more at

Salary: £37,974

Closing date: 22/11/2020, late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

If you are not already an employee of Network Rail you will be required to complete the external recruitment process which will involve online SHL testing. The invite to SHL testing will be sent via email. Please ensure you add an email address to your application form. Email invites should be received within 5 days of your application being received. You must also be able to meet the required online testing benchmark score, in order for us to progress with your application.

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