Investigation and Enforcement Manager

  • Job Reference: 00005276-1
  • Date Posted: 3 July 2024
  • Recruiter: Office of Rail and Road (ORR)
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  • Location: London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, York or Glasgow
  • Salary: £58,179 to £67,349
  • Sector: Senior Executive Positions, Other Rail Jobs
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Job Purpose

ORR is the health and safety regulator for all of Britain’s rail industry. One of ORR’s  strategic objectives is to enforce the law and ensure that the industry delivers continuous improvement in the health and safety of passengers, the workforce and public, by achieving excellence in health and safety culture, management, and risk control.

This exciting and challenging managerial role sits within our Railway Safety Directorate (RSD), which leads ORR’s health and safety regulatory activities. Reporting to RSD’s Head of Capability, the post holder will lead a number of small teams working to ensure that the health and safety regulatory framework for GB’s railways, and ORR’s policy and guidance contribute to excellence in the management of health and safety and risk control.

Key Responsibilities

Your key responsibilities, although not exhaustive, will include:

  • Leading the development and implementation of our core investigation, enforcement, prosecution and major incidents response policies, processes and guidance for managing investigations and prosecutions to ensure ORR achieves its strategic objective for a safer railway; and RSD remains current and competent to regulate the rail industry.
  • Leading our team dealing with Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) recommendation handling. This involves overseeing their implementation and compliance, providing process assurance and quality management but also dealing with strategic policy issues with internal and external stakeholders, as RAIB recommendations are a major strategic driver for improvement in the industry.
  • Leading on the development and implementation of new key performance indicators (KPIs) to provide assurance and clarity to the Board that our investigation and enforcement activities are being progressed efficiently and effectively. You will also be required to regularly communicate progress towards the KPIs at Board level.
  • Oversight of RSD health and safety investigations and associated enforcement activities ensuring that work is progressed in a targeted and effective way, making best use of resources, and in accordance with legislative requirements. This will include delivering regular updates on progress with this work to senior internal stakeholders.
  • You will be the regulatory subject matter expert, exercising sound judgment of the operational environment and providing professional challenge ensuring investigation and enforcement and RAIB recommendations activity is delivered to the high standards required.
  • Be the RSD lead for engagement with external stakeholders including Chief Coroner’s Office, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland (COPFS), RAIB and other regulators such as HSE, to ensure ORR remains aligned with emerging wider legal, investigatory and regulatory practices. Regular engagement with industry including key duty holders, and bodies such as Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB) and Light Rail Safety Standards Board (LRSS), will be required to ensure alignment with standards and practices within the railway sector.
  • Accountability for ensuring the provision of regulatory training and development is identified and implemented for inspectors and other relevant postholders, including continual professional development.
  • Effective line management of a team of experts and professionals in their fields – litigation support, safety permissioning, RAIB recommendation handling.


This post requires a blend of specialisms, and we would welcome applications from health and safety regulatory inspectors or those with a strong legal or regulatory background in investigation and enforcement. 

Essential Criteria

When assessing your application, these are the criteria that you are assessed against:



  • Developing Self and Others
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Changing and Improving





  • Previous experience and knowledge of applying the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974 and associated legislation in a regulatory investigation and enforcement environment, or the demonstrable ability to quickly acquire the necessary knowledge and experience
  • Understanding of prosecution process in England and Wales/Scotland/common law jurisdiction
  • Proven ability to develop quality and compliance processes and provide training, coaching and mentoring in such processes ideally in a regulatory environment



This job description provides an overview of key duties and responsibilities and is not exhaustive. You may be expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities within the scope of your role and as appropriate for your grade. Regular travel to other ORR offices and other locations will be required.

This role can be based at any of our office locations: London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, York or Glasgow.