Signalling Operations Manager

Job Description

To oversee the management projects relating to the design of signalling, level crossing and control systems in a cost effective and technically satisfactory manner. To provide direction to a team and contribute to the setting of strategy in the relevant area of technical expertise. 

Principle Accountabilities

1. Supporting and acting on behalf of the Managing Director in day to day functions of the company.  

2. Contributing to the success and development of the company through the cost effective and timely delivery of project assignments consistent with the aims of both the client and the employer.

3. Organising and overseeing the management of work activities of the design team and contributing to the Senior Leadership Team.

4. Management of project resources including the internal staff and subcontractors. Ensuring tasks are carried out to time and the quality of completed work throughout the project safely and within budget. 

5. Oversee staff training and assisting with the maintenance and updating of training and competence matrices. Ensure all staff maintain their IRSE Log Book and that they have an up-to-date Authority to work or Certificate of Competency for the work that they are required to do.

6. Mentoring of staff, providing guidance on design process and principles.

7. Attendance at client meetings and provide and address client feedback.

8. Deputising for CRE’s when required and/or acting as CRE Signalling when required.

9. Ensuring that all project related documents are subject to rigorous peer review prior to formal issue to the client and that all such reviews are recorded and retained on project files.

10. Ensuring that compliance with the Company Management Systems is assured throughout the lifecycle of each assignment. Ensuring compliance with the Company Design Manual and Signalling Design Handbook for each project undertaken, including the compliance by other designers and design assistants.

11. Maintaining an IRSE Professional Development Logbook as part of the overall compliance with the IRSE Licensing Scheme.

12. Oversee issue of Purchase Orders to Subcontractors.

13. Chair weekly Design Team meetings.

Personal Skills and Qualities

1. Strong leadership and management skills.

2. Excellent client-facing communication skills.

3. Problem solving/decision making skills.

4. Administration, time management and organisation skills.

5. Team building skills.

6. Solid organisational skills including attention to details & multi-tasking.

Job Context

The post requires a breadth of understanding across signalling systems in general, together with knowledge of signalling principles, testing procedures and maintenance standards. This range will present a considerable challenge to the post-holder. Further challenges will be found in keeping abreast of developments in emerging signalling and control systems.

Dimensions of the Post


The post holder will contribute to the financial requirements associated each assignment that they are directed to lead. Assignment values could range from £10K to as much as £100K and responsibilities will include cost control, design programme control, staff allocations across projects, change control etc.

Staff Responsibilities:

Technical and managerial oversight of all signalling design staff, to include day-to-day allocation to project work (both ongoing and new contracts) and competence & training. To support the Managing Director in annual staff Training and Development Reviews for each of the Design team.

Deputising Arrangements:   

The post holder will be required to deputise for the Managing Director in the areas of Professional Head of Signalling and Competence Management, as stated in the Company Manual (CM-001).


Experience, Knowledge, Qualifications and Training


• HNC level electrical/electronic engineering.

• Minimum of 15 years relevant technical experience, covering a wide range of signalling systems and equipment (preferably in a design or project engineering context).

• Understanding & awareness of signalling, design, installation, and T&C activities.

• Incorporated Engineer

• Membership of the IRSE.

• A relevant IRSE Licence.

• Actively gathering further knowledge of Railway Signalling with an aim to ensure progression through the membership grades of the IRSE.

• A sound knowledge of standards and specifications relating to signalling systems.

• Understanding of CDM & CSM.

• Working knowledge or the relevant HSE (HMRI) Railway Safety Principles and Guidance.

• Working knowledge of current and emerging Railway Group and Network Rail Line Standards.

• Knowledge/experience of risk assessment methodology.

• An ability to manage railway engineering activities in a business environment.

•Excellent communicator and motivator.

•High standard of communication skills, both oral and written.

•High standard of inter-personal skills.



•Full Driving Licence.

•Chartered Engineer.

•Knowledge of contract requirements.

•Sound knowledge of the UK Rail Industry.

•PTS holder.

If you would like to have an informal chat to discuss this role further please call 01933 279909 or click the apply button to submit your CV

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