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Job Title: Possessions Planning Engineer

Contract Dates: 04/08/2022 - 30/06/2023

Location: Swanley, Kent



Deliver all aspects of Engineering Access Planning, ensuring the safe, efficient, and cost-effective planning of Siemens 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 Siemens 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 Siemens.

  • 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 Siemens 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 Siemens 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

Specific Health, Safety and Environmental Responsibilities for this Post:

  • Follow the good examples set by the Project Manager in creating a robust Health and Safety culture within the project

  • Set an example by their own actions and activities

  • Set targets and objectives for Health and Safety and environmental for their direct staff, use the staff dialogues process for managing Health and Safety and environmental objectives

  • Ensure that directed staff are capable and competent to undertake the tasks allocated to them

  • Ensure effective implementation of the Siemens Project Health & Safety Plan, Project Quality Plan and Project Environmental Plan on projects responsible for and in compliance with PCL requirements

  • Responsibility for undertaking the role of Responsible Manager for RIPs activities where the Project Manager requires. This includes ensuring the RIPs plans are suitable for the work, nominating competent safety critical personal to safely execute the works, monitoring the requirements of the RIPs plans and undertaking verification checks on plans to ensure compliance and effectiveness.

  • Communicate and encourage feedback on H &S and environmental issues

  • Undertake appropriate disciplinary action for any breach of Health and Safety

  • Investigate accidents or incidents to determine basic causes, feedback information both up and down the organisation

  • Ensure adequate Health and Safety equipment is to hand and is used by employees

  • Undertake Health and Safety tours or inspections; act where deficiencies are observed

  • 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

  • Promote and use the business procedures to control and manage work

  • Understand the H & S and environment risks involved in any activity they control and ensure any mitigation designated to control that risk are effectively operated/implemented

  • Be prepared and be competent to manage any for-seen emergency situations

  • Become involved in any work safe problem and help resolve that problem

  • Maintain their competence to manage their own Health and Safety and environmental responsibilities and contribute to their directs competence to manage their Health and Safety and environmental responsibilities

Additional Requirements / Comments:

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

  • Calm under pressure and can deliver within deadline constraints