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Engineer - Engineering and Asset Management

EmployerThe Office of Rail and Road
Posted24 January 2018

£36,602 (Regional) £40,405 (London) - £44,776 (Regional) £48,605 (London)

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) is the independent safety and economic regulator for Britain’s railways and the independent monitor of Highways England. ORR protects the interests of rail and road users, improving the safety, value and performance of railways and roads today and in the future.

About this role:

This role sits in Civil Engineering and Asset Management Team, which is within the Railway Planning and Performance Directorate.

The team is a centre of expertise for ORR covering Track, Structures, Tunnels, Earthworks, Operational Property, Drainage, Lineside and Asset Management.

Together with other experts in the team, you will be working closely with Network Rail on its journey towards achieving best practice in asset management – using your expertise and experience to provide appropriate regulatory scrutiny, support and challenge. We encourage Network Rail to adopt data and system asset management principles using appropriate data to make better decisions about its maintenance and renewal of assets to achieve a resilient and reliable network to meet customers’ expectations at an efficient cost.

We also provide rail civil engineering input to support all of ORR’s functions and other engineering disciplines as a combined economic and safety regulator.

This is a great opportunity for a successful candidate to develop their knowledge of asset management, regulation and railway engineering. There are exciting challenges ahead for the team, and we are therefore looking for an exceptional individual to help us drive forward our corporate objectives.

Whilst we are happy for the post holder to be based in any of our offices, the role will involve substantial business/meetings in London. Applicants based out of London will therefore need demonstrate how they will manage these commitments and should expect regular travel and overnight stays in London on ORR business.

As Engineer - Engineering & Asset Management your key responsibilities, although not exhaustive, will be:

• Monitoring and analysis of activity levels of maintenance and renewal volumes and expenditure;

• Monitoring infrastructure condition and performance;

• Review and monitor Network Rail’s asset management outputs and indicators, including efficiency  reviews, delivery plans, annual returns;

• Providing specialist technical support across ORR on asset management and engineering;

• Recommendation and action tracking;

• Supporting other engineers in meetings with external bodies, investigations, deep dive reviews and TSI Authorisations;

• Contribute to the planning, development and benchmarking activities for periodic reviews;

Assist with the development of proposals for auditing (reporter) work to investigate areas of concern.

Other duties appropriate to the grade may be assigned from time to time.

About you:

The role will require you to undertake site visits anywhere on the UK railway network and therefore it is an essential requirement for the applicant to hold, or to have the ability to hold, Personal Track Safety (PTS) competence and pass Network Rails Industry Common Induction (ICI). Applicants should note that this would require passing a medical fitness examination.

As well as the essential criteria listed in the ‘Competencies’ section it is desirable (but not essential) that you meet the following criteria:

• A chartered member (or at least progressing towards) of an appropriate institution (e.g. ICE, IMechE and/or IAM);

• A good understanding of asset management best practice;

• A working knowledge of railway infrastructure and systems;

• An understanding of regulatory frameworks and/or audit and assurance functions.


You should be a graduate engineer in an appropriate discipline or hold a similar qualification

Closing date: 04 February 2018.

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