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Track Engineering Manager (Stoneblower)

Posted: 10 Jun 2021 Closes: 22 Jun 2021
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom GBP 51,150.00 - 57,551.00 per year
Permanent & Full-time -2028377389

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

This is a unique opportunity to work as part of the Stoneblower team, a small, specialist team of experts within Supply Chain Operations. The successful person will work with the Delivery Units to optimise their Route On-Track Machine (OTM) strategies and ensure effective technical delivery of Switch & Crossing (S&C) stoneblowing across Anglia, LNE and East Midlands.
The successful candidate will also help to deliver the test programme for the first of Network Rail's ground-breaking new fleet of Multipurpose Stoneblowers. These machines are the first of an enhanced new type, developed jointly by the NR Stoneblower team and the OEM. These machines will replace the existing Stoneblower fleet over the control period, and the successful candidate will be a vital part of the fleet transformation.

About the role (External)

  • Key Accountabilities

  • Use specialist engineering knowledge to manage the effective planning and technical delivery of S&C stoneblowing activities, to safely and fully deliver our customer's requirements.
  • Liaise with Routes at Route OTM Engineer (ROTME) and Track Maintenance Engineer (TME) level assisting with the development of On-Track Machine (OTM) strategies for treatment using TQ data, site inspections and knowledge.
  • Develop and simulate technical and engineering solutions for the treatment of individual complex S&C layouts (those beyond the capability of the existing software), lead their delivery and share techniques and outcomes through the team to strengthen overall fleet capability.
  • Lead the delivery of sites at treatment stage (where Route staff are not competent or experienced), to deliver tasks of high levels of complexity, or requiring specialist technical knowledge.
  • Maintain positive and constructive relations with customers, suppliers, and between key internal departments to optimise utilisation and effectiveness of the stoneblower fleet.
  • Manage the resolution of engineering delivery issues, task prioritisation and, where necessary, escalate in order to minimise any negative impact on operational performance.
  • Technically mentor and coach engineers and technicians, to maximise output from the stoneblower fleet and to facilitate the development and succession of staff.
  • Identify and develop potential modifications to the stoneblower fleet assets, activities and processes to improve performance, capability, efficiency and service delivery
  • Lead and support audit programmes and local investigations, to maintain compliance and improve the safety and productivity of the stoneblower fleet.
  • Maintain competence and development plan and work towards fulfilling the Track Technical Competencies identified to the role.

    Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


    • Registered Engineer at IEng level
    • Member of a relevant Professional Engineering Institution such as PWI, ICE or ImechE.
    • Knowledge of operational railway environment and infrastructure
    • Detailed understanding of the maintenance of track assets
    • Detailed understanding of the track access planning process
    • Detailed knowledge of the relevant technical and safety standards relating to track and OTM
    • Broad knowledge of other functional disciplines that interface with track
    • Project planning and project management experience
    • Recognised formal safety qualification or working towards
    • Good interpersonal, influencing, communication and organisational skills.
    • Holds valid UK driving licence

    • Level 6 RQF (degree with honours, level 6 NVQ, or degree apprenticeship) in a relevant engineering discipline.
    • People management or supervisory experience
    • Chartered status or working towards
    • Lead Investigator or working towards
    • Recognised project management qualification or working towards
    • Experience of undertaking engineering assurance activities, including competence assessment

How to apply (External)

Salary: £51.156 - £57,551

Closing date:
22 June 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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Our colleagues are encouraged to work flexibly as we know that busy lives don't always fit around a traditional working pattern, if you need flexibility to complete your role (eg home working, part time, job share, compressed hours work pattern etc.), just let us know and we will do our upmost to help you to invest in your career with us while balancing other aspects of your life.

*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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