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Senior Engineer - Civil Engineering


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 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 the performance efficiently that provides value for taxpayers and customers.

About the role

This role sits within the Directorate of Railway Planning and Performance, reporting to the Head of Civil Engineering.
The Civil Engineering team is a key centre of expertise comprised of 7 people in the Engineering and Asset Management Group.

The main purpose of the team is to provide expert rail civil engineering input to support all of ORR’s functions as a combined economic and safety regulator. In addition the team provides asset management expertise and advice to other engineering disciplines.

More specifically rail civil engineering encompasses; Track, Structures, Tunnels and Mining, Earthworks, Operational Property, Drainage and Lineside management.

The key elements of this role are:

• Holding Network Rail to account for the delivery of existing and future delivery plans and evaluating the effect of changes to those plans
• Monitoring infrastructure condition and challenging Network Rail on any failure to meet regulatory outputs. This will include regular liaison meetings with Network Rail’s Professional Heads and other senior staff both at corporate and route level and undertaking deep-dive investigations.
• Evaluating and challenging, where appropriate, Network Rail’s Asset Management Policies and the effectiveness of their application to the network in respect of civil engineering and asset management. This will include meeting with Network Rail, undertaking analysis, site visits and producing reports.
• Holding operators to account for the delivery of maintenance and renewal activities at stations where these are included in franchise obligations
• Monitoring activity levels for maintenance and renewal expenditure and volume delivery
• Providing specialist technical input to the Railway Safety Directorate activities including joint site inspections, investigations and enquiries. Occasionally this may include taking the formal role of Expert Witness.
• Taking a leading role in the assessment of Network Rails Route submissions for funding for Control Period 7.
• Support the review of HS1’s PR19 submission and CP3 monitoring.
• Providing specialist technical input to Rail Markets and Economic Directorate activities including access charges and efficiency considerations.
Additional responsibilities include:
• Deputising for the Head of Civil Engineering.
• Providing the Engineering lead at Network Rail Route Reviews.
• Contributing to Asset Management the review, development and application of relevant European
and national technical standards.
• Contributing to ORR’s compliance with applicable TSIs to enable authorisation of interoperable sub-systems.
• Reviewing RAIB findings and recommendations, ensuring duty holders take effective action to achieve timely closure of recommendations.
• Providing technical expert input to answering public and ministerial enquiries about the railway infrastructure and Freedom of Information Act requests.
• Making site visits to the operational railway and for benchmarking purposes also make occasional visits to other railway systems.
• Sharing civil engineering knowledge with colleagues across ORR to support training and development activities.

Whilst this post is intended for a railway civil engineering expert there could be an advantage in having at least a working knowledge of other railway assets.

Person Specification

We are looking for a good team player with experience of dealing with colleagues with different skills and different professional backgrounds.

• Significant and relevant experience in a similar role – preferably within a fast paced dynamic environment

• Sound management skills as well as excellent technical abilities and the ability to work independently within key parameters

• That you are an experienced engineer with significant practical experience of infrastructure engineering, preferably within a railway environment

• An extensive knowledge of structures, earthworks, track, and operational property and be expert in at least two of these asset groups, with knowledge of inspection, monitoring, assessment, maintenance and renewals

• That you have a working knowledge of cost estimating, contracts and procurement;

• Confidence and capable of representing ORR, of providing authoritative advice to senior managers within the rail industry, and able to explain complex technical matters to non-technical colleagues at all levels (both within ORR and externally)

• A proven track record in Asset Management and working knowledge of Asset Systems

• A good knowledge of UK railway systems essential.

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