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Regional Engineer / Director

Network Rail
£90,035 - £101,289
Closing date
18 Jun 2021
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Network Rail operates and maintains the railway infrastructure 24/7 365 days a year.

This is an exciting time to join Network Rail. We’re passionate about great service and commit to our service equation vision by “putting passengers first”. Performance, safety and getting the fundamental basics right, is something we strive for as well as asking ourselves - what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do?

You will be part of the NW&C Region which consist of three routes – North West, Central and West Coast South – and a regional team supporting Regional Major Programmes & Professional services.

Who we are:

For 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.

We value the commitments you may have outside of work and will consider flexible working applications. If we can make it work – we will!  Please click here for more information.

Brief Description

Within the North West & Central Route, we are looking for a Regional Engineer to provide professional engineering leadership for Signalling and Telecommunications engineering including individual and functional capability; strategy; technical advice and guidance; safety, assurance, derogations and non-compliances.

Lead regional business planning for Signalling & Telecommunications that delivers sustainable levels of asset integrity and performance to meet customer requirements and regional/national targets.

Provide a strong customer focus in a multi-disciplinary team, balancing the views of a range of senior stakeholders.

What will you be doing?

  • Provide professional engineering leadership for asset engineering teams to deliver the correct application of the appropriate legislation, group and company standards.
  • Lead and develop capability of engineers and others involved in managing signalling and telecommunications assets. Showcase and support STEM within regional educational establishments.
  • Lead and direct the development of the Signalling and Telecommunications engineering/asset management strategy for the region, aligning it to network engineering and asset policy and standards and the regional performance strategy.
  • Provide consistent advice and guidance to the route engineers in the delivery of policy, standards and specifications and assure the delivery of technical briefings for staff engaged in route [discipline] engineering.
  • Define and direct the signalling and telecommunications engineering assurance regime for asset safety, integrity and sustainability, including the verification of asset condition, to manage long-term business risk and optimise asset outcomes in line with regional and network policy. Advise the Regional Exec on the extent to which this is commensurate with the level of business performance the region requires.
  • Lead the relationship and interfaces with the Technical Authority including provision of regional expertise to facilitate development of national policy, standards, sharing of best practice and lessons learned nationally.  
  • Review and approve derogations and non-compliances to standards in compliance with the delegated authority framework. Manage the response to applications outside own delegated authority.
  • Lead the provision of continuous improvement to asset policies and standards; and provide feedback to the Technical Authority.
  • Lead the assurance of asset specific elements of the regional business plan in line with regional and corporate strategy.
  • As one of the two lead regions in the roll out of ETCS re-signalling, pilot research and development opportunities as part of the ETCS roll out nationally, collaborate with other regions and the Systems Authority to guide the future of ETCS re-signalling. Liaise with the DFT to direct the ETCS strategy for the country, and ensure suitability for the region.


  • Registered Engineer at CEng level with the Engineering Council
  • Proven experience of successfully managing a large complex and diverse asset base, particularly related to renewals, enhancements and system integration
  • Comprehensive knowledge of relevant asset systems, engineering standards and process integrity
  • Demonstrate strong customer focus in a multi-disciplinary team
  • Proven experience of leading successful negotiations at a senior level and balancing the views of a range of stakeholders
  • Proven knowledge of the strategic management of safety


  • Level 7 under the Regulated Qualification Framework in a relevant engineering discipline
  • Fellow of either an appropriate institution or the Institute of Asset Management
  • Proven experience in the management of engineering processes, assets and components


Network Rail has the fastest growing railway in Europe and there are more people travelling by rail today than at any point since the 1920s. In fact, there are now a million more trains running every year than there were just five years ago.

Britain relies on rail. We operate 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, 17 major stations, 8,200 commercial properties and 2,500 stations leased to train operators.  Every day Network Rail gets 3 million people to their destination and thousands of tonnes of goods moved around the country. Rail is a greener and safer mode of transport so it's no surprise that our railway has seen passenger numbers increase more than 40% in the past decade alone. These numbers are expected to double by 2034. That means we have to run more trains, more often and more efficiently. And we need even more talented people on board to efficiently meet that challenge.

Our future is equally bright. We're in the midst of the largest expansion of our network since the railway boom of the 19th Century. This is one of the most exciting periods in the history of the railway. And you could be right at the heart of it.

To keep up with our growing network, we need to ensure that we’re always looking for the best and brightest candidates to join us. If you’re ready to shine, ready to launch a career where you’ll see real impact on the UK’s rail industry, and ready to challenge yourself with the support of Network Rail, take a look at what our scheme can offer you.

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