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Rail Vehicles Engineer

LocationBirmingham, West Midlands: Bristol, South West: Glasgow, Scotland: London: Manchester, North West: York, Yorkshire and the Humber
EmployerThe Office of Rail and Road
Posted24 January 2018

£48,115 (National) £51,980 (London) - £58,831 (National) £62,664 (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. We are here to ensure the network operates safely, reliably and provides value for taxpayers and customers. 

About the role:

The Rail Vehicles Engineering Team is a small team that provides rail vehicles engineering expertise, support and guidance across ORR in its role as a combined economic and safety regulator. Members of the team work closely with colleagues across all ORR’s various directorates, the Department for Transport and a wide range of industry stakeholders, including those in Europe. 

Key responsibilities:

In this challenging and varied role, you will have the opportunity to tackle a range of responsibilities. Your key responsibilities, although not exhaustive, will be to: 

• Carry out assessment of and lead Interoperable Authorisation projects and Authorisation applications for vehicles. 

• Provide support in relation to other ORR Statutory Work, such as Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECM), Vehicle Exemptions and Safety Certification assessments. 

• Perform inspection of vehicles to assist with ORR delivery plan work. 

• Provide support to ORR investigations. Occasionally this may include taking the formal role of an Expert Witness. 

• Review Rail Accident Investigation Branch findings, recommendations and responses, ensuring Duty holders take effective action to achieve timely closure of recommendations. 

• Provide technical input into answering public and ministerial enquiries relating to rail vehicles. 

• Contribute to the review, development and application of relevant European and national technical standards. 

• Represent ORR at professional forums with industry where required. 

• Maintain technical expertise in your own specialist area, likely to be, for example, either mechanical (structures, braking, wheel/rail interface, doors); or electrical (power systems, control systems, interference). 

• Share rail vehicle engineering knowledge with colleagues across ORR to support training and development activities. 

This description of the job may be subject to review, and is to provide you with guidelines within which you would work. Other duties appropriate to the grade may be assigned from time to time. 

About you:

It is intended that the successful candidate will be appointed as a warranted Inspector. This will require the successful candidate to undergo formal training in order for a full warrant to be issued.

You should possess experience of relevant health and safety management, identifying any health and safety qualifications and membership, such as IOSH/NEBOSH.

You should hold, or have the ability to meet the requirements of Network Rail Personal Track Safety Certification. Applicants should note that this will require passing a medical fitness examination. 


You should have a formal academic qualification (HND minimum) in an appropriate discipline, likely to be but not restricted to mechanical or electrical engineering.


You should have the following memberships:

• Membership of an appropriate professional institution, such as the IMechE. 

• Chartered Member of an appropriate professional institution or working towards Chartered status. 

For further information and to apply please visit Civil Service Jobs.

Closing date: 11 February 2018.

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