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Signaller [grade 2] - North West opportunities

Posted: 23 Feb 2021 Closes: 25 Mar 2021
United Kingdom GBP 26,485.00 per year;GBP 29,221.00 per year
Permanent & Full-time NWR_IRC2206872

About Network Rail

Are you looking to join an organisation where you do meaningful work every day?Our Grade 2signaller roles are your entry into a rewarding careerwithNetwork Rail.

Our role is to run a safe, reliable and efficient railway, serving customers and communities. We exist to getpeopleandgoodswhere they need to be and to support our country's economic prosperity.

We're undertaking an ambitious change. Our vision isPutting Passengers First- becoming a company that is on the side of passengers and freight users; that is easy to engage with and is anefficient anddependable partner; a companypeople are proud to work for; instinctively recognised as an industry leader.

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Brief Description

Our decisions make all the difference...

Based in one of our North West Route's signal boxes,you'll make sure trains travel safely and efficiently along your part of the network.Managing the signals on your part of the network, you're an integral part topassenger and freightjourneys,as well as the safety ofour maintenancecolleaguesout ontrack.

We are recruiting at the following locations:

Guide Bridge



Settle Junction

Chester Station Offices

Crewe PSB

Our signalling community comes froma variety of different backgrounds,and so we're focused on yourtransferrable skills and behaviours.No formalrailexperience is required,thoughany work you've done which has required concentration, is safety critical and involves communicating with others would stand you in good stead.And ifyou make the grade then you can look forward to a rewarding and fulfilling careerwitha company that recently joined the top 50 in the Glassdoor's 2021 Best Places to Work.

About the role (External)

Whilst you'll be part of a signal box team, you'll also be comfortable with working on your own for long periods of timeand shift work. And when thingshappen, such as a trespasser on the line, you'llneed touse your trainingand skillsto get our passengers moving safely onwards to their destination.

You matter to us

Your commitment to self-development and continuous learning is hugely important in this role and we'll provide you withallthetraining to develop both technical skills and non-technical skills.You will benefit from attending a10-weekresidential signaller training course followed by a period of supervised on the job training and the opportunity topractise new skills in a real work environment. If you're joining us from another industry, the structured training will give you the skills and confidence to move into a rewarding career in rail.

Essential Criteria

You don't need railexperience,but you do need to show how your transferrable skills meet the following,
  • Communication- A variety of clear communication skills are essential in thesignalling role. You will be required to deliver safety critical communications with colleagues and stakeholders to ensure processes and safety standardsareadhered to at all times.
  • Ability to learn- Due to its safety critical nature, there is a lot to learn to become a competentsignaller.
  • Ability to work alone- Everysignaller requires the ability to operate efficiently and make safety critical decisions confidently on an individual basis.
  • Ability to work as part of a team- Despite being able to work confidently alone, it is important you are a team player.
  • Attention to detail- Thesignaller role requires consistent high levels of attention but varying levels of concentration.
  • Multi-Tasking- You will be expected to deal with phone calls, signal trains, block lines for maintenance work and complete administration tasks.
  • Working Under Pressure- Due to the intense and challenging events that can occur on the railway, it is crucial you are able to remain calm whilst working under pressure.
  • Decision Making- By its nature, thesignaller rolesrequiresyou to make safety critical decisions throughout the course of your shift
You'll also need to be withina60-minutecommute of thesignal box you're applying to work atandwill needaccess to your own transport to allow for the different shift work.

This role involves days, nights and weekend working and the job is safety critical. Offers of employment are subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment and BPSS pre-employment checks.

Candidates with more specific skills and experience may also be considered for higher level grades.
How to apply (External)

Salary:£29,221 Grade 2 (salary whilst training, £26,485)

Closing date:Sunday7thMarch 2021

Note on early closing- Signaller vacancies often receive high numbers of applications and we may close the vacancy early when we have reached a maximum number of applications. Please do submit your application as early as possible.

Click 'apply now' to apply.

For tips on how to complete and prepare for your application watch this short video -

Your Signaller recruitment journey

Here's a short video explaining what to expect and how to prepare for your Signalling recruitment journey -
  • Application- completed on our career's portal, you'll need anup to dateCV and 10 - 20 minutes in a safe, quiet spot where you're comfortable typing answers to a handful of questions about your interest and understanding of the Signaller role.
  • Identification documents- You'll need to provide your identification documents virtually; we will provide more guidance on this and how to prepare closer to the time.
  • Virtual assessment- Your well-being and the health and safety of our workforce is our top priority; we are following guidance from Public Health England and are taking extra precautions to reduce risk. This means all interviews & assessmentswill be held virtually. You'll take part in in anonline assessmentwhich will include aVideo interview and psychometric testto explore your skills and experiences in more detail.
  • Offer- you'll receive a call from our Careers Team to discuss further details including salary, benefits and your medical assessment. Offers of employment aresubject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessments.
  • Pre-employment Screening- you'll need to provide some documents to prove your identity and right to work in the UK
  • Medical assessment -Signalling is a safety critical role, so you'll take a medical assessment before starting in the position. This will include a hearing andeye sightexamination
  • Induction- you'll receive more information about your Signaller training.
We're happy to help you with any queries you may have regarding the recruitment and selection process and to listen to any reasonable adjustments you require to make you feel more comfortable. To contact us please email:

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