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Head of Engineering

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Posted: 01/08/2019
Reference: 765741
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Derby, Derbyshire, England (map)
Salary: £50000 - £75000
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Job description

Role: Head of Engineering

Contact: Permanent

Hours: 37.5 per week, Full Time

Location: Derby


Leading an engineering function within the rail sector is second nature to you – you’ve been doing it for years. You can bring structure and real time management to the relationships between internal and externals stakeholders.


We’re looking for someone who can represent and champion the engineering function across all platforms, someone who will raise the profile of the business and help it move into the next phase with an emphasis being given to safety and compliance; ensuring that the fleet is reliable and honed to meet challenging business needs.


Your main responsibilities will be:

  • To manage the existing fleet of locomotives - principally Class 37s, maintained under a wet lease arrangement, and Class 47s maintained by third party maintainer(s).  Expand the fleet management role as necessary to reflect changes in the current operational fleet. Define performance KPIs and manage the supply chain to ensure these are met.


  • To manage the existing fleet of barrier and translator vehicles, various Mk I and Mk II HST barrier vehicles, and various additions to the fleet as they occur. 


  • To evaluate options for alternative maintainers, providing information and input to re-tendering processes as may be required from time to time.


  • To manage heavy maintenance and wheelset changes on the Class 47 fleet, against a background of limited spares, limited supply chain and financial targets. Manage projects such as crash damage repair or major modification programmes.


  • Carry out and assist with audits of safety critical suppliers, provide information and experience assisting the Head of Procurement with the approval of safety critical suppliers


  • To bring demonstrable detailed technical knowledge of Class 37s and 47s to the organisation.


  • To manage the requirements for TOPS, R2, PADS and other mainframe systems, ensuring the business has access to everything required to allow effective use of these tools.


  • To manage the sourcing of spares, parts, tooling, drawings and the requirements of obsolescence management on an aging fleet of vehicles


  • Lead and manage the third-party maintenance contract(s) - in their current form and as the contracts mature over the coming months.  Drive up availability and reliability whilst reducing costs.


  • Provide input to the development of a new locomotive


  • Carry out incident investigations and produce reports as necessary.  Assess high risk defects and review, complete and raise NIRs when required.


  • To manage the engineering change and approvals process within the business to ensure all changes are completed in accordance with all aspects of relevant legislation.


  • To provide technical and other support to the Control, Commercial, Operations, Safety and other teams as necessary


  • Review, assess, authorize or dispute invoices from maintenance suppliers, manage arising costs and ensure value for money is achieved from all suppliers


  • Lead and manage the On Call and Out of Hours Support necessary to support a 24/7 nationwide operation


A full job description can be provided on submission of a full CV.


Person Specification:

  • Proven track record in a similar role - significant demonstrable experience of leading and managing an engineering department, with extensive knowledge of the safety, legislative, commercial, operational and geographical requirements of a nationwide rail operator.
  • Willingness and ability to travel
  • Conversant in Microsoft Office and Railway Mainframe Systems
  • Full and clean Driving License
  • PTS Certification
  • Chartered Engineer  


Salary and Benefits

  • Competitive salary and benefits package dependent upon experience and previous performance

 So, if you have the experience and skills for this role please apply now! 

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