High Speed Train Driver

  • Job Reference: SE12
  • Date Posted: 17 April 2024
  • Recruiter: Southeastern
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £57,675
  • Bonus/Benefits: Free rail travel and final salary pension
  • Sector: Train Operations
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

High Speed Train Driver

Job Introduction

We are currently seeking applications from experienced Train Drivers for upcoming opportunities to join our High Speed Train Driver team based from Ashford, Ramsgate or Faversham.

Train drivers are at the heart of our business, getting our passengers to where they need to be on time and safely. Driving a train carries great responsibility and with that comes pride and a real sense of achievement, knowing that an invaluable service has been delivered to thousands of people every single day.

Southeastern operate the first ever UK-based High-Speed Service, and we have exciting opportunities for qualified Train Drivers to join our team and be a part of our High-Speed Service.

We will provide you with full training on Class 395 traction and rules enabling you to operate on the High Speed network.

High Speed Train Drivers will receive a pensionable supplement of £3,100 per annum in addition to the standard drivers’ salary.

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The Ideal Candidate

Applications are invited from any Qualified Train Driver who have completed at least three years train driving experience.

You will be highly motivated, professional, and have a proactive approach to learning and development.

Please note that applicants for this position will need to live within a 40 minute driving time from their chosen depot, unfortunately if you do not meet this requirement your application will not be considered.

Account will also be taken of your current Train Driving performance before a final decision is made.

Package Description

Southeastern recognises the value of every individual employee and offers benefits that reflect this.

As well as a generous salary, we offer an comprehensive benefits package which includes;

  • A Contributory Final Salary Pension Scheme 
  • Free rail travel on Southeastern and GTR rail services (extends to family members for leisure/educational travel)
  • After a qualifying period, reduced rate travel on other train operators, including European services
  • 28 days annual leave entitlement (which includes bank holidays) and a proportion of your annual leave is rostered. 
  • Access to an array of discounts for retail and leisure products through our benefits scheme.
  • Family friendly benefits including enhanced maternity/paternity leave, parental leave and carers leave.
  • Full training, a nationally recognised qualification and free uniform

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About the Company

About Southeastern

Southeastern runs train services into London from Kent and East Sussex, operating almost 1,700 trains a day, carrying more than 400,000 passengers, serving 176 stations and covering 540 miles of track.

Just over 4,600 employees - mostly from the communities that we serve - work together to provide this vital service and we are looking to expand our successful team. We have a strong set of values that shape the way we run our business and guide our staff in delivering what our customers need. These are:

  • We aim to be the best
  • We make the difference together
  • We care passionately about our people and our passengers

We are committed to being an inclusive employer, creating a workplace where everyone can come to work, feel safe and comfortable and able to do everything to the best of their ability. Read about some of the great Diversity and Inclusion initiatives our Head of Colleague Experience has been leading on here

We recognise the positive value of diversity and it matters to us that our teams reflect the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds.

We proud to be a WORK180 Endorsed Employer for Women. If you would like to know more information about how we are supporting our employees, you can view our policies and initiatives here.

We have also won the Top Employer award at the Women in Rail Awards 2022!

If you have been unsuccessful in the recruitment process for the same/similar position you will not be eligible to apply for a period of 6 months from that date.

All offers of employment are subject to us obtaining satisfactory references (covering all education, training, employment and unemployment in the preceding 5 years and any previous railway employment). We will also complete right to work in the UK and criminal record checks. This is to ensure we are employing the best person for the role and to protect our customers, colleagues and our reputation. We are unable to offer sponsorship to work in the UK. 

SOUTHEASTERN is owned by SE Trains Ltd, a subsidiary of the Department for Transport’s public sector owning group, ‘DOHL.’ DOHL has responsibility for three rail companies, LNER, Northern Trains Limited and SE Trains.

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