Job Description


Specification and Access Planning Specialist (0882)

  • Salary:
  • Location:
    63 St Mary Axe, London - EC3A 8NH
  • Department:
    Train Service Delivery
  • Type of Position:
    Full Time Fixed Term Contract
  • Closing Date:
    22 July 2024

MTR Elizabeth line’s Train Service Delivery team are looking to appoint a dynamic and professional Specification & Access Planning Specialist on a full-time basis.

As a Specification & Access Planning Specialist, you will create efficient, high-performing timetables and diagrams withing the requirements of the relevant sections of the Engineering Access Statement, leading the Engineering Access (EAS) process for strategic plans, version responses and post EAS requests.

Reporting directly into the Head of Performance & Planning, you will provide support and development for the wider Performance & Planning team, as well as deputising as required. Within the structure of the role, the post-holder will be responsible for the management of the Train Planners, ensuring empowerment and job satisfaction forms part of ongoing performance review.

You will be a key interface between MTREL, Rail for London, Network Rail and other Operators and Stakeholders. The successful candidate will be one someone who naturally builds mutually beneficial relationships.

The remit for the role will be vital in ensuring MTREL continue to deliver a high-performing railway though engineering works, as such, the post-holder will take responsibility for creating bespoke timetables, unit diagrams and crew diagrams to accommodate agreed access for maintaining and enhancing the railway, remaining compliant with Train Planning rules and regulations.

Naturally, the role will require you to interface with stakeholder of varying level both internally and externally – from management of your direct reports through to building, nurturing and maintain strong working relationships with infrastructure owners (NR, HAL & RfL) to deliver our Service Level Commitment.


Person Specification and Practical Experience

To be considered for the role you will need to show demonstrable experience of the following:

Key Competencies

  • High level understanding of railway principles e.g., depots, points, signals, etc.
  • Familiar with train planning and other railway systems
  • Understanding the wider impacts of planning on internal and external stakeholders
  • Knowledge of the Network Rail Engineering Access process
  • Understanding the relevant sections of the Network Code and their application
  • Problem solving with train plans from initial outset to solution with onward briefing
  • Excellent time management skills; adept at managing deadlines and producing outcomes
  • Able to successfully manage and prioritise a changing and varied workload across multiple plans and weeks
  • Represents the vision and values of MTR Elizabeth line
  • A trusted self-starter who can successfully engage with colleagues from a broad mix of backgrounds and roles across the organisation
  • A team player able to develop and maintain strong working relationships across all levels of the business, particularly while working remotely
  • A flexible and adaptable approach, with a willingness to turn a hand to a mix of train plans to support changing business needs
  • A solutions-focused individual who enjoys a challenge and seeks continuous improvement

Personal Qualities

  • Able to develop rapport, trust and great working relationships with all colleagues in a multicultural work environment
  • An adaptable self-starter and natural collaborator
  • Highly motivated with a positive attitude and ability to navigate change and identify solutions
  • Excellent listening and organisational skills
  • Possesses a capability to manage complex information and changing deadlines
  • Highly proactive and resourceful
  • Responds well to change and able to adjust quickly to ongoing business requirements in order to deliver to the highest standard
  • Enthusiasm to develop personal and professional skills and expertise
  • Strong leadership skills for team morale and individual development

Benefits and Rewards

Travel Benefits (discretionary):

  • Free zones 1-6 Oyster travel card, for you and another person who lives at the same address
  • 75% discount on all UK rail travel, and some international services

Pension: You will be automatically enrolled into our excellent pension scheme. After two years, you will have the option of joining our defined benefits scheme

Benefits Station: A dedicated online benefits platform for retail and entertainment discounts

About Us

MTR Elizabeth line values its workforce, offers career progression and provides a platform to grow and develop.

We aspire to set a new transport standard for the UK, moving people and connecting communities better than anyone else. We are making long-term improvements to our network and creating a better service for our customers. We are a trusted operator with proven experience and have a mission to enable our employees to reach their full potential.

We welcome applications from a diverse range of candidates regardless of background, disability or gender and are committed to creating a workforce as diverse as the communities we serve.



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