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Job Title: Assistant Possession Planner

Contract Dates: ASAP - 26/08/2023

Location: Birmingham - Local to Stone/Stafford required



Produce safe and effective Safe System of Work Plans in accordance with project timescales and industry standards. Manage resources including quality, safety, time, costs, people, materials, and tools / equipment for the task.

Assist in the delivery and co-ordination of project plan, resourcing and implementation of engineering access in accordance with project timescales and industry standards.

Must hold SSOW planner competence.


  • Responsibility for production of project Safe System of Work Packs to time and budget

  • Endure the safety culture is authentic zero accident / incident

  • Plan safe systems of work for nominated projects with appropriate safety and performance measures applied, within required timescales

  • Maintain accurate and detailed records of SSOW plans.

  • Produce plans compliant with operational standards, rules, and procedures.

  • Attend site to identify risks / hazards, enabling production of robust SSOW plans

  • Book track access as required through Network Rails Green Zone Access process

  • Ensure appropriate protection staff and equipment are booked / confirmed within timescales

  • Ensure appropriate risk assessments are carried out prior to issue of SSOW plans

  • Assist in resolving track access conflicts to deliver the Siemens plan, whilst minimising commercial risk.

  • Identify risks associated with work on or near the line and put in place mitigation measures.

  • Deliver safe and efficient engineering access, whilst maximising access opportunities

  • Develop effective working relationships with our delivery partners, and key stakeholders.

  • Support /assist the Head of Infrastructure Access as necessary with their business requirements.

  • Maintain and hold appropriate licence for the activities carried out


Track competences relevant to role (Safe System of Work Planner, COSS, IWA, PTS)


Knowledge and Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years railway operations experience

  • Good communication skills, both oral and written

  • Excellent IT skills (specifically MS Office)

  • Experience carrying out duties of a COSS

  • Technical competence demonstratable by appropriate SSOW planner licence

  • Through knowledge of the rule book, group standards and other documentation relating to Possessions, SSOW planning and electrical isolations.

  • Railway operating rules, regulations for train signalling and group standards

  • Excellent working knowledge of SSOW planning tool (including Green Zone Planner, Sectional Appendix, Weekly Operating Notice, Engineering Access Statement, hazard directory and on-trac/e-pic systems)

  • Understanding of key operational roles and how they can affect engineering access (Signaller, SWL, E/S, COSS)

  • Commercial awareness and ability to identify change

  • Hold full UK driving licence

Specific Health, Safety and Environmental Responsibilities for this Post:

  • Follow the good examples set by the Head of Infrastructure Access in creating a robust Health and Safety culture within Siemens

  • When unable to rectify or remedy unsafe situations either stop work if the risk is too high and/or report the deficiency (and involve HSQE) to the Project Manager for action

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be willing to travel and lodge away from home depot to meet operational needs of the business

  • Excellent attention to detail and Highly motivated with a commitment to our values