Rail Operators - SCO/Posession Work Cambridgeshire

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Job Post Information* : Posted Date 11 months ago(2/2/2021 4:16 PM)
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Rail Operators for SCO - Cambridgeshire


Opportunities on the railway are like sunrises,

exceptional and worth getting up early for.


If you feel like you are waiting for that one opportunity to give you a break in your railway career, we have an interesting proposal for you. It comes with a permanent offer of full time employment, comprehensive training on a number of railway skills and competences, and an exciting career development plan that may see you driving your own train on the mainline after a minimum of 2 years in the role.


If successful you would cover possession work on weekends, with some mid week night shift thrown in for good measure. Engineering possession work is essential work on the railway that ensures the infrastructure is fit for purpose and safe for all to use, from train drivers to passengers. As it involves the closure of running train lines for regular train operations, it is a complex process that requires careful planning and consideration to avoid disrupting the rail network unnecessary and causing unplanned train delays. This is also the reason why most of the work gets carried out on weekends and at night time. But on the other hand you’d enjoy the opportunity to have time off when everyone else is working during the week. 


As a Rail Operator working on possession sites you will enjoy challenging and varied work, with plenty of opportunities to thrive and even shine in an environment that notices and appreciates the effort and the hard work that goes into it.


Your actual role will mainly consist of preparing trains for departure by checking they are safe to enter the rail network, which means inspecting wagons, containers for defects and faults and completing all the necessary paperwork. You will also get the chance to operate machines called auto hoppers and side tippers at various possession sites and even get into the cab of a locomotive and drive it on the restricted possession site.


You will get full training which will allow you to do your job and do it well. It covers skills such as train preparation, shunting, rolling stock examinations, load examinations, auto hopper and side tipper operation, locomotive knowledge and basic train driving skills where needed. Training takes time and is a combination of classroom and practical learning so you will have a thirst for knowledge and enjoy the challenge that brings. There is no doubt that the Rail Operator role is also a very hands on, physical job and doesn’t take into account the weather or time of the year, and you will often be able to hit your daily exercise goals without having to pay that expensive gym membership.


You will work with a variety of other rail professionals, from other Rail Operators to Train Manager (Drivers) and third party workers. As a GB Railfreight employee you are a part of the railway family and everyone is happy to offer advice, support, and even share funny railway stories over a cup of tea in the mess room.


Broxbourne based Rail Operators do posession work out of Whitemoor and Doncaster. However, you also may be asked to go elsewhere if needed in a company van assigned to you so a love of driving is definitely helpful. 


If you have previous railway experience, that’s brilliant; If you don’t, full training will be provided by GB Railfreight’s experienced training team. Your manager is also always on hand should you need any more support or help.


For your efforts when you are passed competent to undertake the role, you will receive a competitive salary of £32,897 per annum based on a nominal 40 hours contracted week (predominantly weekend and night work). While undergoing the groundstaff element of the training and until fully competent in the role, which takes between 2 to 3 months on average, you will get paid a training salary. What you get in return is a supportive work environment with managers who often go above and beyond in welcoming colleagues. It is this approach that has recently won GB Railfreight the ‘Great Place to Work’ award at the National Rail Awards.


And if that’s not enough reason to join us, you will also be able to enjoy the following:

  • Healthcare package – Healthcare cover for a range of operations for you and a partner living at the same address as well as cover for a number of health care facilities for you and your dependents including consultations, scans, counselling, optical, dental, and therapy treatments.
  • Cycle to work scheme – Salary sacrifice scheme for bicycle purchase twice a year.
  • Denplan scheme – Salary sacrifice scheme for you and your partner.
  • Online Benefits Portal – Offering hundreds or discounts at nationwide retailers.
  • Training Platform – Providing you with an online learning facility and the opportunity to develop your career at your leisure.

If you’re sitting there thinking ‘where do I sign up?’, there’s only a few more questions to answer:

  1. Do you live in East Anglia or the Cambridgeshire area?
  2. Do you have a full UK manual driving licence and are comfortable driving to different locations to cover the work?
  3. Are you happy predominantly working weekends and night shifts?
  4. Have you passed your train driver psychometric assessment?

If the answer to both of the above questions is ‘yes’, please apply using the ‘apply’ link. If you have any questions about the role or want to discuss it further, please email me directly at charlie.singh@gbrailfreight.com


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