"More than just a journey!"


Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Merseyside, England
Salary: Excellent Salary & Benefits Package
Reference: 14112/001_1506689773
Contact Name: Christine Edwards
Contact Email:
Job Published: September 29, 2017 13:56

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Head of Engineering to come and join us at Merseyrail. We are an established train operating company (TOC) and commuter rail network servicing Liverpool and surrounding areas within Merseyside.

The Head of Engineering will join us at an exciting time as we embark on a programme of phasing out our existing fleet and introduce new Stadler trains on our network.

The Role…

The Head of Engineering will be responsible for ensuring that, as train operator, the provision of maintenance and cleaning by Stadler Rail Service UK meets the required standards of fleet performance.

Key Responsibilities…

As a member of the Merseyrail senior management team, reporting to the Engineering Director

  • Professional engineering support in the management of Maintenance Sub-Contract (MSC), and new trains during 2019-2020 under Train Reliability & Availability Agreement (TARA).
  • Develop new processes for fleet engineering management and ensure high levels of safety, reliability and availability.
  • Monitor the performance of Stadler ensuring adherence to maintenance and overhaul policies and procedures.
  • Management of Merseyrail Engineering Change procedures.
  • Technical scrutiny of Stadler engineering changes, technical variations and changes to practices.
  • Investigation of major incidents and delays.
  • Act as a representative on industry/engineering bodies.

The Ideal Candidate…

  • Educated to degree level (or equivalent) and Chartered or working towards.
  • Practical experience of fleet maintenance and overhaul is essential. Rail industry is preferred although aviation or other transport industries will be considered.
  • Strong knowledge of engineering principles and manufacturing processes; materials engineering, welding, metrology, tolerances, NDT etc..
  • Knowledge of rolling stock standards and common railway systems AWS, TPWS, GSM-R – desirable.
  • Computer literacy and excellent report writing skills. (Candidates may be required to undergo relevant psychometric testing.).
  • Commercial and Financial acumen.
  • Excellent communication skills.

The Company…

Merseyrail is one of the most intensively used networks in the UK with over 800 train services daily during the week. Merseyrail is responsible for delivering railway services; train service delivery, managing stations, customer service, and fleet maintenance.

The Package…

As a Merseyrail employee you will receive the following benefits;

  • Competitive salary.
  • Final salary pension.
  • Free travel is provided across the Merseyrail network and other TOC’s in the Serco/Abellio Group.
  • Discount on national rail travel with other TOC’s and European TOC’s.
  • 24 days annual leave per year rising to 26 after 10 years. Plus 12 Bank holidays.
  • Employee benefits scheme offering discounts and offer on a number of products and services.
  • Corporate level cash back health scheme.
  • Relocation Assistance available.
  • Living in Merseyside…

With a population of just over 467,000 Liverpool has quickly become the “place to live”. With its bustling city centre and leafy suburbs, there is a suitable location for everyone that they would happily call home. The city has been voted as one of the best cities in the UK for the work-life balance due to its cosmopolitan atmosphere, optimistic outlook and friendly people.

Liverpool is home to 2 of the world’s largest football teams, the iconic Albert Dock and Pier Head, a large collection of museums and art galleries not to mention an impressive collection of bars, restaurants and music venues... what’s not to love!

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