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Possessions Planning Engineer - Rail

Job Description

Possession Planning Engineer - Rail

04/08/22 - 30/06/23



£315.00 per day


Deliver all aspects of Engineering Access Planning, ensuring the safe, efficient, and cost-effective planning of engineering access. Deliver the co-ordinated planning, resourcing, and implementation of engineering access in accordance with project timescales and industry standards. To effectively manage resources including quality, safety, time, costs, people, materials, and tools / equipment


  • Responsibility for delivery of engineering access safely, to time and within budget
  • Endure the safety culture is authentic zero accident / incident
  • Responsibility for planning all track access activities and managing the required resources
  • Responsibility for compliance with appropriate legislation and standards
  • Ensure that all resources hold appropriate qualifications / licences for the activities carried out.
  • Ensure rework cycles on projects are minimised and lesson learnt are implemented
  • Implementation of approved best practice techniques to ensure standards are maintained
  • Apply appropriate planning, safety, and performance measures to all engineering possessions.
  • Maintain accurate and details records of possession arrangements
  • Proactively deliver track access and operational interface elements of projects within timescales during both planning and implementation
  • Ensure engineering access timescales and critical milestones are met
  • Produce and book robust, safe, deliverable & technically compliant possessions, worksites, signalling disconnections and electrical isolations on behalf of the client.
  • Book engineering and test trains as required (via NROL or Network Rail processes)
  • Attend Network Rail possession / territory meetings to ensure appropriate deconfliction of works and appropriate access is obtained.
  • Book / confirm appropriate possession resources.
  • Resolve possession / Worksite conflicts to deliver the plan, whilst minimising commercial risk
  • Identify possession / engineering access risks and implement mitigation risks throughout the possession lifecycle
  • Produce WON section C, D and Operating Notice material and submit to Network Rail within timescales
  • Negotiate with Network Rail, Train and Freight Operating Companies for disruptive / enhances possessions and access to Network Rail and third party owned depots / yards.
  • Support submission of tender documentation, ensuring that possession, isolation and signalling disconnection strategies are identified and secured.
  • Provide professional advice from an operations / engineering access viewpoint


  • Track competences relevant to role (Safe System of Work Planner, SWL2, ES, SWL1, COSS, IWA,)


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of 5 years railway operations experience of which 2 years should include planning / management of engineering work.
  • Good communication skills at all levels of department and other disciplines also customer and suppliers
  • Excellent IT skills (specifically MS Office)
  • The ability to prioritise workload and achieve objectives
  • A high degree of self-direction
  • Commercial awareness and ability to manage work packages and identify change
  • A proven track record of delivery, with demonstratable ability to form effective working relationships
  • Through knowledge of the rule book, railway operating rules, regulations for train signalling and group standards
  • Sound working knowledge of engineering access planning tools (including PPS, Green Zone Planner, Sectional Appendix, Train Planning, Electrical Isolation booking process, Engineering Access Statement and on-trac/e-pic systems)
  • Appreciation of ORR Informed Traveller regulations and Network Rail Schedule 4 compensation structure for disruption to Train and Freight Operating Companies
  • Technical competence demonstratable by appropriate SSOW planner licence
  • Hold full UK driving licence

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