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Area Plant Manager

Sector Infrastructure

Location London

Salary 40k - 50k

About Network Rail and the Department  

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Brief Description     

We at Network Rail are currently advertising for an Area Plant Manager for the Wessex Route. Located in London or Basingstoke you will lead and direct the co-ordination of plant equipment including on track plant (OTP).

This exciting opportunity is for someone who wants a new challenge to further their career. The role is wide and diverse and will require you to travel throughout the route from London to Weymouth.  If you like lots of variety and autonomy and you have an abundant passion for plant, then this job could be for you!  

As part of this fantastic opportunity, you will have a strong understanding of the Plant Operations Scheme (POS) and a good knowledge of the railway industry. You will be aligned to a specific area of the business, so you’ll get to develop relationships and understand the impact of the work you do. To be successful in this role you will already align to our values and behaviours, and you will definitely promote and role model positive safety behaviours to meet our vision “Everyone home safe every day”.

Does this sound like the perfect role for you? If so, then apply now! 

Previous applicants need not apply. 


About the role 

Key Accountabilities

1.Lead and direct the On Track Plant Specialist(s) to achieve business and functional objectives and meet key performance measures.

2.Liaise with the Delivery Units, Works Delivery organisation and suppliers to optimise the overall route requirements for plant, equipment including OTP, specialist mobile plant, portable plant and general plant maintenance arrangements. 

3.Identify opportunities across the route to maximise cross functional and route benefits associated with sharing resources and equipment. 

4.Manage route OTP plans to meet business timescales and budgets, identify correct plant, attachments and transport arrangements in connection within specific task requirements. Coordinate activities with the On Track Plant Specialist(s) for the correct selection of plant.

5.Identify, recommend and act as the route point of contact for identifying and managing plant purchases, investment papers, business cases.

6.Carry out compliance, planned preventative maintenance & productivity monitoring and report on plant performance. 

7.Manage the effective resourcing of plan changes and emergency works.

8.Manage the arrangements for staff safety and competence. Undertake appropriate safety tours, staff surveillance, work quality and condition checks of Regions plant. 

9.Investigate and report upon suspected irregular workings and operational issues involving plant.

10.Act as arbiter when required as a consequence of insufficient plant and resource being available.

11.Act as the key route interface with National Supply Chain for control of RRV fleet.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


•Experience in OTP and general plant management, planning processes and techniques.

•Knowledge of safety and compliance management processes.

•Knowledge of track access planning processes.

•Knowledge of other functional disciplines.

•Detailed knowledge of relevant standards and procedures.

•Good Knowledge of the Wessex operational railway environment and logistics required to service   the route.

•Good interpersonal, influencing, communication and organisation skills.

•Good Knowledge of railway and construction, off tracks (civil) plant markets.

•Good knowledge of railway training and competence requirements to operate plant and equipment.


•Knowledge of Regions maintenance processes and techniques

•Good Commercial awareness of route plant budget and management


How To Apply   

Salary: Band 3b - £42,971 - £48,342 per annum.

Closing date: 15th March 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

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