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Rail Safety Manager


Rail Safety Manager- Manchester

Closing date: 30th October

Job Overview

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. We are an employee owned organisation which allows our members a unique opportunity to have a real say in our companies’ future and development.


We are currently seeking a Rail Safety Manager to work with multidisciplinary design teams delivering a portfolio varied rail projects as part of an established and expanding Rail Business.


You will be part of a diverse team responsible for the successful delivery of our design commissions for major clients including Network Rail, Contractors, Suppliers and other agencies such as Train Operators, Councils, Passenger Transport Executives and academic institutions.


Role - What we're looking for in you


We are looking for Rail Safety Manager to promote a proactive, behaviourally based safety culture with sound technical knowledge as an integral part of our North West & Yorkshire Rail rail team that is highly motivated and with a desire to deliver meaningful work with successful outcomes for our clients through innovative solutions.


  • Ensuring the successful delivery of safe, technically excellent multidisciplinary rail projects and bids across our UK portfolio, you will be responsible for, and typical activities will include:
  • Determining the health, safety and well-being requirements from our client brief and leading the delivery of rail safety advice within our projects and future business development.
  • Leading the advice and support in key safety areas for the competency of our staff
  • Supporting project teams in identifying and mitigating hazards in accordance with relevant legislation such as CDM and CSM
  • Assesses rail site requirements and selects appropriate safe systems of work, undertaking the role of Safety System of Work Planner and Responsible Manager when managing the work of others
  • Managing Sentinel competencies, administering the D&A policy and supporting the identification and delivery of rail competency training needs  
  • Managing our supply chain, including briefings, audits, safety management system reviews and confirmation of capability (i.e. competencies for safety critical activities) 
  • Reporting on close-calls, accidents, incidents and near misses, including those relating to occupational health and wellbeing, leading any investigations ensuring that all issues are suitably actioned and communicated
  • Producing of communications, safety alerts and initiatives relating to health, safety and wellbeing
  • Undertaking health, safety and wellbeing audits, using existing audit protocols and devising bespoke protocols where the need is identified. 

Current multidisciplinary projects across various GRIP Stages and include Transpennine Route Upgrade, Headbolt Lane, Princes Risborough to Aylesbury, Midland Main Line Electrification, and Portobello Junction LDO.

The position offers scope for personal skill development, especially in relation to increasing our Health, Safety and Wellbeing culture and expertise within a Rail environment, defining best practice and mentoring more junior members of the team. The focus will be on developing existing skills and experience and sharing this experience with other team members, in a stimulating and challenging project environment, and so enhancing Arup’s overall multidisciplinary design and advisory rail capability.


The role will necessitate travel on occasion to other office locations including York, Leeds, Liverpool Sheffield, Glasgow and Edinburgh, as well as our other UK Rail Offices where collaboration with our other UK Rail Safety Managers is a key part of the role.

You will manage the safe delivery of activities with our supply chain partners as well as supporting our designers and project teams to understand and lead project health, safety and wellbeing requirements.  This will include identifying hazards (including occupational health hazards), assessing risks and devising control strategies for design and project options, thus achieving compliance with the CDM and CSM Regulations.

You will report to our Rail Business and Health and Safety Leadership and will be part of our wider UK-wide network of safety guidance and rail safety experts who service our UK rail projects.



Essential Skills and Knowledge

  • Extensive industry experience in collaboratively leading the support to rail projects teams in health, safety and wellbeing with an emphasis on planning and delivering site work and associated documentation within a consulting or contracting business environment
  • Experience in delivering safety management systems and safe systems of work (SSOWPs) on infrastructure projects
  • Proven working knowledge of relevant legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and guidelines (CDM and CSM).

Desirable Skills and Knowledge

  • Talent for articulating our value in bid and proposal submissions
  • Experience in RM3 process / framework or similar maturity models
  • Experience in the role as Principal Designer
  • Experience in Management Systems – development / audit / compliance 

Technical Skills and Qualifications

  • Educated to NVQ Level 5/6 or equivalent in a relevant safety, engineering or rail discipline as a minimum
  • Professionally qualified and hold membership of relevant professional body (e.g. NEBOSH and IOSH)
  • Ideally trained to Safe System of Work Planner (SSOWP) level with a current Personal Track Safety (PTS) competency
  • Ideally trained to Controller of Site Safety (COSS) level and able to undertake the role of Safe Work Leader (SWL) / Person in Charge (PIC)

Reward and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits including private healthcare and a range of other protection schemes are funded by Arup and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be an encouraged member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.

What happens next?

If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.



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