Network Rail

What we will do for you

Join us at Network Rail and you’ll play an integral role in the transformation of Britain’s railway. Whether your speciality is operations, engineering, maintenance or financial, you’ll know that your work’s helping to shape the future of Britain.

We have big plans for the railway – and for our people

The railway is vital to Britain’s future economic success.That’s why Network Rail manages more engineering projects and employs more specialists than other UK organisations. Our work programme for the next five years will have major benefits for the whole country.

We’re ambitious and constantly evolving, which means we’re always looking for talented people.

Life At Network Rail

Valuing diversity

We respect all our people and their contribution to our success

We aim to be a company where each individual is able to succeed and encouraged to reach their full potential within a culture that promotes diversity, inclusion and mutual respect. A company that creates sustainable value and is a natural choice for talent.

We seek to employ people who reflect the diverse nature of society and we value people and their contribution, irrespective of age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, race, colour, religion or ethnic origin.

Diversity means valuing all our people and the contribution they can make. We welcome the differences amongst them and believe that those differences give added depth to our work. We aspire to make the greatest possible use of their talent and capabilities and to provide real opportunities for their professional development.

Our aspiration is that the behaviours and actions that support diversity and inclusion will come from the conviction of everyone here at Network Rail – making diversity and inclusion a conscious part of how we run our business throughout Britain.

What do we mean by diversity and inclusion?

We use ‘diversity’ to describe our commitment to recognising and respecting the
differences between people whilst valuing the contribution everyone can make to our
business. ’Inclusion’ means creating safe, welcoming workplaces with fair cultures
that encourage innovative and fresh ways of thinking and allow people to speak up,
especially to suggest where things could be done better. Diversity is about getting a
mix and inclusion is about making sure that the mix works well together.
We will provide the tools and opportunities to promote a safe and fair culture that
helps everyone to be the best that they can be. The differences between us are
what add depth, strength and creativity to our work, allowing individuals to harness
their individual talent and capabilities, complementing each other’s strengths and
appreciating the important roles everyone plays in our success.
Ultimately, diversity and inclusion is about making Network Rail a better organisation
for everyone, delivering a safer and improved service to our customers and passengers.
Diversity and inclusion are vital ingredients to enable us to deliver our strategic
objectives from 2014 to 2019.

Network Rail positively embraces flexible working. We recognise that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life. By offering flexible working arrangements we can support employees to manage their working life and other priorities, including looking after children, caring responsibilities, managing an impairment, religious observance, life-long learning, charity work and any other interests.

Historically we have supported several great charitable causes from Action for Children to our current Charity of Choice CLIC Sargent.

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Christina Walker
Scheme Project Manager, Kings Beam House, Blackfriars

The attraction that I had to work for Network Rail was the extreme challenges that the projects that I work on provides.

I’m Christina Walker. I’m Scheme Project Manager working in New Kings Beam House in Blackfriars.

As a Scheme Project Manager we work underneath the Project Managers and do most of the day to day work ensuring that the programme for the project is delivered on time, to budget and to the quality that Network Rail requires.

On any given day I could be doing anything from going out to sites to have a look at possible locations for foundations or install some steelwork for the upcoming weekend or future weeks.

Since I started my Scheme Project Manager role at Network Rail a year ago, I started off with basic skills of negotiation drive to deliver a project and the organisation skills and I’ve just improved on them and gained more confidence to be a stronger person.

The things I love about my job are the team and just the really fantastic challenges and overcoming them.


Lydia Fenny
Customer Service Assistant , Waterloo Station

My name is Lydia Fenny, I am a Customer Service Assistant and I work at Waterloo Station. We have to do security searchers, that’s our primary role. On top of that, because we’re on the concourse,   we’re talking to customers, helping people with train information. We do ID checks as well, make sure people in retail units are wearing their proper ID.

The health and safety of all passengers and all staff at the station is a key aspect of our role. Certainly when I first started that sense of responsibility of knowing what to do straight away was like “Oh my God, I can’t make that kind of snap decision on what’s best to do with an attended item!” But with experience, and the guys I work with have helped me learn how you deal with angry customers or any sort of accident that happens.

So I think experience counts for quite a lot here. To do this job, the qualifications you need would be good communication skills, because you’re talking to member of the public, your colleagues over the radio. You need a good eye for detail as well.

So if someone’s wearing a visitor pass but its yesterday’s visitor pass you need to check that. In terms of my career progression the next step for me is to take a shift station manager positon. And from there you really can go into any area of the company you want.


Charlotte Lutz
Team Organiser , Milton Keynes

Quick summary

Our team organisers make sure that our lead managers and teams can work efficiently, keeping our offices and departments running smoothly; they’re the oil in the team machine. You’ll need great time management and people skills to meet the challenge.

Salary: from £19,000

What’s involved?

Our team organisers are vital to ensuring that our teams can work as efficiently as possible. You’ll be key to helping them reach their goals, by giving excellent administrative and secretarial support and showing infectious enthusiasm and a personable approach.

Using your organisational and clerical skills, you’ll ensure that your senior manager’s office runs smoothly, setting up meetings, organising team events and conferences, arranging travel and accommodation, and providing administrative support whenever needed.

You’ll be responsible for coordinating and prioritising tasks while keeping to tight deadlines. You must also be an excellent communicator, both verbally and in writing, with IT literacy and competence in MS Office and Outlook.

You don’t need specific rail industry experience: what we’re looking for is motivation, a natural flair for dealing with people at all levels, and a ‘can do’ attitude. But you must have experience of secretarial support in a busy team environment, and be organised and eager to improve existing systems where you can.

Ryan Scott
Senior Project Engineer ,

Quick summary

Accelerate your career in engineering and add some of the biggest projects in Europe to your portfolio. Our project engineers are responsible for the design and construction of their projects in our works programme. You’ll ensure appropriate engineering standards and address environmental concerns from start to finish.

What’s involved?

You’ll need the expertise to maintain a safe, cost-effective, high-quality and environmentally responsible approach across the projects you’re responsible for. Ideally you’ll have membership of a relevant professional body with chartered status or be educated to degree level. However, what’s really important is that you’re experienced and will thrive within an ambitious team.

You’ll monitor design and specialist consultants and contractors, providing project management advice on all construction, including testing and commissioning, and site supervision. You’ll also audit contractors for safety, environment and quality of design, construction and testing. You’ll also make sure that all your projects follow in-house standards and relevant legislation.

You must also be able to use relevant quantified and qualitative risk assessment and HAZOP analysis techniques and procedures.

We’re looking for motivation and a natural flair for dealing with people at all levels, plus relevant experience in engineering, ideally in construction and design across multiple disciplines. You must also have an awareness of construction design and management, risk assessment and auditing internal and external competency, plus an AA CITB CSCS card.

Daryll Egleton
Track Operative , Dartford

Quick summary

Our track maintenance operatives work in small, friendly, talented teams, making sure trains run safely efficiently. Because this job is so vital to the safety of the public, you’ll need experience of working within exacting safety guidelines, with a commitment to reliable, faultless work.

Salary: from £18,242 plus shift allowances

What’s involved?

Our in-house maintenance team work together to safely maintain our signal, track, power and telecoms equipment across 20,000 miles of track in the UK. You’ll be spending most of your time outdoors, using automated and manual tools.

You’ll carry out general maintenance, which could include anything from lookout duties for your team to shovelling ballast. We’ll provide you with all the training and protective clothing you need.

You should be conscientious, reliable and hard working, making sure you only carry out work for which you’re trained and competent. The health and safety of our passengers, colleagues and partners depends on everyone’s individual contribution, so you must always work safely and in accordance with our procedures, method statements or other instructions.

You’ll be responsible for ensuring that vehicles, materials, tools and plant equipment under your control are fit for use and are used, stored and disposed of correctly.

This role involves shift working that will include days, nights and weekend work. It’s safety critical, which means no alcohol or drug consumption is permitted. There’ll be regular drug and alcohol testing and a pre-employment medical check. If you’re shortlisted for this position, there’ll also be a communications test.

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