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Technician [Track Maintenance]

Network Rail
Newbury, GB
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Closing date
6 Mar 2024

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Transport and Logistics
Manual Skilled
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

About Network Rail

At Network Rail, were part of a large family serving millions of passengers and freight users throughout the UK every day. Our service impacts millions of people and we strive to become more efficient as we enhance, maintain and operate our network. Now is a fantastic time and join our team in Wales and Western region as we finalise the reforms to our maintenance organisation which will deliver:

A safer and more reliable and punctual service for passengers and employees quicker fault fixes by more agile multi-disciplined response teams.

Individual rostering enabling us to send the right number or people to fix a fault.

Multi-skilling investing in the knowledge and skills of our people so they are better equipped to fix the most common faults themselves.

Accelerated and improved technology deployment we have a raft of labour and life-saving technology ready to be rolled out.

Our passengers and freight users are at the heart of everything we do. We help connect people to their friends and families and get goods to their destination safely and efficiently. Were an organisation where people matter. When you're part of our team, you matter to us and you matter to millions. Watch our video to find out more!About our people and the recruitment process - Were an inclusive employer of choice and we welcome applications from everyone! We look for opportunities to offer great opportunities to learn and grow through personal and professional development. And, if you make the grade then you can look forward to a rewarding and fulfilling career with a company that joined the top 50 in the Glassdoor's 2021 Best Places to Work.

We want to help deliver a railway which is safe, reliable, affordable and that provides great customer service to everyone. For more information about Network Rail click here

Brief Description

Youll help keep our nation moving every single day. This is a critical part of the work we do is the daily upkeep of the rail network.

As a technician youll work outdoors in a team, supporting essential maintenance to keep the railway running safely and smoothly for passengers and freight users.

Our technician community comes from a variety of different backgrounds, and this might be the first time that youve even considered a career in rail. Were focused on your transferrable skills and behaviours and if you can demonstrate that, then we will provide you with all the necessary training to have you working safely and competently out on the network.

About the role (External)

Our technicians provide the essential link between the team leader and the teams operatives, and can specialise in a range of disciplines, but for this role youll become a specialist in:

Track - Youll be responsible for maintaining, inspecting, and repairing the track network, (also known as the Permanent Way or P-Way) to keep the railway safe and efficient. This is a very manual role as youll be working with rails, sleepers and ballast that support the trains, together with their associated drainage and ancillary structures.

Our technicians work outside in all conditions, at all times of the year, day or night. You could be involved in demanding manual work, often with the need to transport kit, across tricky terrain. Being safety focused, respectful of rules and a team player will be critical as youll often be working next to moving trains travelling at highspeed.

You matter to your team

You will be a natural team player, youll also be able to lead the team when asked by the team leader. Youll use your skills to deliver work safely and will check the team has the right competencies to meet our strict safety standards. Youll also be a role model for safe working behaviours and be confident to challenge any potential risks to safety, so that everyone gets home safe every day.

Todays technicians can go onto become tomorrows team leaders

Your skills matter

Our technicians play a vital role in our maintenance teams. You dont necessarily need rail experience, but you do need to show how your transferrable skills meet the following:

Leadership Youre able to lead, motivate and direct a team for safe and efficient work delivery.

Effective communicator Youll need strong communication skills and be able to deliver clear instructions to the team and other colleagues.

Technical skills Youll have knowledge and experience of inspection, faulting, maintenance and renewal techniques in the discipline that you are applying for.

Safety You consistently role model safe behaviours, can arrange and implement safe systems of work, and are confident to challenge if you think a situation is unsafe.

Problem solver Youll be persistent in finding safe and effective solutions. Youll consistently develop your skills and competencies relevant to your discipline, keeping up to date with new standards, procedures and instructions. To issues you find out in your working environment.

Willingness to learn Youll consistently develop your skills and competencies relevant to your discipline, keeping up to date with new standards, procedures and instructions.

Relevant qualification Youll ideally hold an NVQ Level 1 or 2 linked to the discipline you are applying for. Or you have achieved an equivalent level of relevant experience.

It matters that this is the right role for you

Heres some additional information which might help you.

Shifts Technician roles involve a changing shift pattern including days, nights and weekends.

Outdoor working - Our technicians work outside in all weathers and so youll be comfortable working in different conditions.

Safe working - Offers of employment are subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment and BPSS pre-employment checks. This will include a hearing and eyesight examination.

Driving - As a technician youll also need a driving licence (category B) so you can drive Network Rail vehicles.

Commute times - Youll also need to be within a 60-minute commute of the location that youre applying for.

You matter to us

Your commitment to self-development and continuous learning is hugely important in this role and we'll provide you with all the training to develop both technical skills and non-technical skills. If youre joining us from another industry, the structured training will give you the skills and confidence to move into a rewarding career in rail. Todays technicians are tomorrows technicians and team leaders, and we offer a clear career path for you.

As a Network Rail employee, you will enjoy a wide range of benefits!

Privileged staff travel - Leisure travel discount of 75% on all leisure travel and includes family members.

A subsidy of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets if you travel to work on the train.

Benefits package including healthcare offers, a cycle to work scheme, discounted healthcare club membership, and a discounted offers and benefits including childcare, healthcare and online shopping site.

Effectively manage work-life balance with a 35hrs per week contract, with hybrid working, flexible working, and family friendly support.

5 days paid volunteering leave.

2 weeks paid reserve leave for the Armed Forces community.

In Wales and Western region, you will have the opportunity to join PROUD, our reward and recognition scheme where you can say thanks and recognise colleagues across the region who have demonstrated outstanding values and behaviours.


Every day, 4.8 million people use our network. Keeping Britain moving and building a better railway for the future is full of challenges – but also tremendous opportunities.

From our commitments to your development, our range of benefits and our approach to Diversity & Inclusion, we believe there are many reasons to join the team at Network Rail.

We’re proactive in empowering employees with the knowledge to help them progress. We encourage all our employees to be ambitious, and offer great training and career development opportunities. As the railway becomes bigger and more technologically advanced, it’s crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead.

We believe that investing in our people is one of the most effective ways of improving the safety, reliability and efficiency of the railway.

We also know that it’s vital to get each individual’s training programme just right. As well as helping us to meet our immediate needs, we believe this is an approach that encourages people to stay with us and develop their careers.

Your health, wellbeing and benefits

We believe that safety and performance go hand in hand and this doesn’t just mean safety on the railway! We are committed to the wellbeing of our employees and believe, that should come first.

We provide access to support services such as our employee assistance program to help you with finances, family, health and wellbeing. In addition to this, we offer excellent benefits, are sensitive to work-life balance and encourage our employees to use their 5 volunteer days for their favourite causes.

We have a range of benefits including:

  • 28 days annual leave entitlement.
  • My benefits – Our discounted online shopping site.
  • A range of discounted offers including, childcare vouchers, Healthcare offers – cycle to work, healthcare club discounted membership and other benefits.
  • Subsidies of up to 75% on rail and underground season tickets.
  • A range of pension schemes.
  • 2 weeks paid reserve leave for our Armed Forces community.

What Diversity and Inclusion means to us

‘Diversity’ means recognising differences between people while valuing the contribution they make. ‘Inclusion’ means creating safe and welcoming workplaces with fair cultures that encourages innovative and fresh ways of thinking.

Our aspiration is that the behaviours and actions that support diversity and inclusion will come from the conviction of everyone here at Network Rail – making diversity and inclusion a conscious part of how we run our business throughout Britain.

Disability Confident Leader

Network Rail is an accredited Disability Confident Leader. This means, where a disabled applicant meets the essential criteria for any of our vacancies, they will receive an interview.

Find out more about our recruitment process here

Please use our careers support request form if you have questions or support issues.

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