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Senior Engineer - Asset Management


Birmingham, West Midlands, B2 5RS : Bristol, South West, BS1 6EH : Glasgow, Scotland, G2 1HG : Manchester, North West, M1 2WD : City of Westminster, London, WC2B 4AN : York, Yorkshire and the Humber, YO1 7PX


About the job

Job description

The ORR protects the interests of rail and road users; improving the safety, value and performance of railways and roads, today and in the future. In Engineering and Asset Management we :-

• Ensure safe and sustainable assets are maintained
• We promote safety culture and sound occupational health
• We protect the future through managing change as part of devolution and changes brought about by Brexit
• We focus on safety by design
• We promote sustainability of people, the environment and assets
• We provide technical authorisations for the railway industry

About the role

We currently have a vacancy in our asset management and engineering team, and are looking for an experienced engineer with a good track record of applying asset management principles within a utility or similar organisation as described in ISO55000.

One of our corporate objectives is to work with Network Rail on its journey to achieving best practice in asset management to continuously improve performance, efficiency and safety. We encourage Network Rail to adopt a whole life/system based asset management approach, improving data quality and optimising decisions about identification, inspection, maintenance, renewal and disposal. By monitoring asset performance and working with Network Rail to improve its practices, a more resilient and reliable network will provide a better service for passengers and customers.

There will be a number of interesting challenges ahead for the team, and we are therefore looking for an individual to help build up our capability ahead of Control Period 6 to monitor Network Rail in a devolved environment and HS1 for their CP3.

Please note that this role will be based primarily in London, due to the significant number of London-based meetings.

Should candidates based outside London wish to apply, they would need to demonstrate how they would be able to carry out the role effectively.

Key responsibilities

As Senior Engineer, Asset Management key responsibilities, although not exhaustive, would be to:

• Analyse and monitor maintenance and renewals programmes
• Monitor infrastructure and condition and performance
• Provide specialist technical advice across ORR on asset management supporting our engineering section dealing with rail infrastructure issues;
• Review and provide advice on asset data quality (some knowledge of Ellipse, Maximo or SAP or similar asset registers/work planning systems would be useful but not essential);
• Review and monitor Network Rail’s regulated asset management outputs, including efficiency reviews and CP6 delivery plans, annual returns and progress with achieving best practice;
• Contribute to the planning, development and benchmarking activities for future periodic reviews; and
• Assist with development of proposals for reporter audits to investigate areas of concern related to asset management practices.

Person Specification

• graduate or chartered engineer in an appropriate discipline;

• experience in the application of asset management in rail and/or another asset-intensive industry; and

• excellent analytical abilities – with a good level of both numerical and verbal reasoning abilities;

• the ability to communicate effectively both internally and externally, at all levels, with ability to maintain effective working relationships;

• able to plan and organise your work effectively, and be aware of the principles of project management; and

• You will undertake continuing personal and professional development, identifying skills and knowledge needed in your professional area.

The following are desirable but not essential:

• member of appropriate institution (e.g. ICE, IMechE, IET and/or IAM)

• a good understanding of asset management best practice - ISO5000;

• a good working knowledge of railway infrastructure/systems or similar large scale utility; and

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

Please see attached Candidate Information Pack for more details about the role.