Principal Technical Officer

Network Rail

  • Contact: Human Resources
  • Reference: IRC2140029

Maintaining the rail network is a huge job. Our Maintenance Engineering team is up to the challenge. Across everything from signalling and track to electrification, they keep the network and its assets working safely and reliably. Strengthened and supported by all kinds of technical expertise, they are at the heart of our vision for engineering and operating excellence.

Directing a team of Senior Technical Officers, you'll take the lead on everything from faulting to installation. Focusing on data analysis and quality control, you'll ensure excellence and compliance.


Our track technical teams provide support to our Delivery Unit Track Engineers surveying track quality and designing schemes to ensure a smoother journey as well as technical record keeping and the calibration of technical equipment.

You'll provide important technical support and guidance to the Maintenance Engineering team. It's a varied and vital role, with responsibility for directing the work of our Senior Technical Officers. You'll be the first port of call for all kinds of issues, from installations to faulting. Prioritising work as it arises, and agreeing work plans, you'll manage the preparation of work, resource specifications and requisitions for materials. What's more, you'll personally undertake and supervise a range of technical tasks, as well as survey and design work.

You'll carry out technical inspections and investigations, with a strong focus on data analysis and quality control. You'll install, test and commission equipment. And you'll manage processes and systems for the calibration and certification of tools and equipment. Along the way, you'll ensure works are fully compliant with our exacting standards, and keep a range of key records, systems and databases up to date.

Essential Criteria

Desirable Criteria

This role involves days, nights and weekend working, and is a safety critical role so subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment.

Salary: '43,419

Closing date: 28th March

How to apply: Please click 'apply now' to apply.

We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

Network Rail adheres to pre-employment Baseline Personal Security Standard (BPSS), this is government standard for pre 'employment vetting.

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