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Principal Maintenance Technician - Signalling

Job Title: Principal Maintenance Technician - Signalling
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Start Date: March 2020
Reference: 033039
Job Published: February 21, 2020 13:31

Job Description

Principal Maintenance Technician - Signalling 033039
Organisation - Crossrail Operations
Job - Signal
Position Type - Full Time
Salary: Competitive plus excellent benefits

Location: Plumstead Depot is the base location however, work along the whole Elizabeth Line is required


The Elizabeth Line (Crossrail) - will transform travel across the city, boosting the economy by billions of pounds and supporting thousands of new jobs and homes. The line, currently being constructed by Crossrail, will be named after the UK's longest serving monarch when it becomes operational. Rail for London Infrastructure (RfLI) part of Transport for London (TfL) will be responsible as Landlord / Infrastructure Manager for central section stations, the tunnel environment, shafts, portals and a number of surface stations. In readiness for the phased opening of this prestigious railway, we are seeking to recruit in a highly skilled dynamic maintenance team to take us into operation, and beyond. 


This is your chance to help run the remarkable… #runtheremarkable


Overview of role

An opportunity has arisen for a Principal Maintenance Delivery Technician (PMDT) – Signalling  to join the Elizabeth line ensuring the successful delivery and operation of London's newest railway.


Primarily the Principle Maintenance Delivery Technician shall assume the leading role faulting & maintenance teams, providing team leadership and managing safety. In addition, your skills will need to include the mentoring of technicians and Apprentices to enhance the business


You will be expected to work to a shift pattern which shall include unsociable hours and weekend working.


The Elizabeth Line uses CBTC integrating into Network Rail systems


The Principal Maintenance Delivery Technician is responsible for the delivery of safety of line inspections, asset monitoring, maintenance, like for like renewal and improvements works. This will include asset fault response, infrastructure inspection, asset data management and the safe delivery of reliability centred maintenance tasks.


Initially, the Principal Maintenance Delivery Technician will assist the Infrastructure Maintenance Delivery Supervisor (IMDS) and Discipline Infrastructure Maintenance Engineer (DIME) ensuring that the new Elizabeth Line Crossrail railway can be brought into service and be maintained safely, efficiently and effectively delivering defined Elizabeth Line performance requirements.


Upon introduction of the Elizabeth Line into operation, the Principal Tech will assist the IMDS and DIME in their responsibilities for the safety critical deployment and tactical direction of the maintenance teams with technical decision authority and execution of maintenance engineering stewardship plans as part of cross functional teams.


Key Accountabilities


Delivery and execution of Infrastructure maintenance works, renewals works and supervision of contracted labour services. This includes completion of infrastructure inspections, self assurance checks and quality checks.
Leading and directing the fault response teams and the delivery of maintenance tasks as defined by the DIME's, complying with defined Rail for London Infrastructure (RFLi) standards, processes, procedures and performance to be delivered. The level of intervention includes leading the defect rectification teams and opening the railway to safe operation following maintenance and renewals works completion.
Deliver maintenance deployment planning with operations colleagues, ensuring that the operational requirements align with the maintenance engineering asset management requirements and deliver a compliant, safe, operable and maintainable railway.
To ensure that Rail for London Infrastructure (RFLi) fully address the specification, planning, execution and quality of the maintenance engineering and safety management requirements. This is part of the asset management strategy and plan to deliver the required asset whole life, Reliability Availability Maintainability (RAM) and Remote Condition monitoring
Ensure Infrastructure and Asset maintenance standards are met by applying established policies and procedures to ensure safety and functional limits are included in the design and construction phase.
Deliver continuous improvement through a delivery of change initiatives; specifically using Reliability Based Maintenance as part of the "Predict and Prevent" asset stewardship strategy
Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Essential Experience and Knowledge to Role:


The Principle Maintenance Delivery Technician – Signalling shall take the technical lead and experience essential in the following (but not limited to): 


Working within an operational control centre environment 
Working with servers & workstations
Good knowledge of IP based systems & data networks
Working with electronic interlocking systems
Skilled at data analysis and interpreting log files
Working with remote condition monitoring and network management systems
Specialist knowledge in Railway Signalling and Telecoms systems.
Specialist knowledge of signalling maintenance methods and associated legislation and standards
Substantial experience as S&T Technician or Senior Maintenance Technician
SMTH holder
Experienced in maintaining and faulting IBCLs
Demonstrable application of railway safety-related standards regime and processes



Team leader experience with leadership skills to motivate professionals from multiple disciplines
Excellent communication skills with proven negotiation and influencing skills explicitly with external contractors
Excellent decision-making and analytical skills
Established risk management skills.
Ability to formulate and articulate clear visions for the planning and delivery of initiatives and programmes

Diversity & inclusion

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, gender, sexual orientation, age or disability status.



Application Process 

Please apply using your CV and a two-page covering letter.

Think carefully about the skills, knowledge and experience in the advert and cover this in your CV and cover letter.


The closing date for applications is Wednesday 4th March 2020 @ 23:59 

We may close this advert early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.  



In return for your commitment and expertise, you will enjoy excellent benefits and scope to grow. Rewards vary according to the business area but mostly include: 

• Final salary pension scheme 
• Free travel for you on the TfL network 
• A 75% discount on National Rail Season Ticket and interest free loan 
• 30 days annual leave plus public and bank holidays 
• Tax-efficient childcare payments 
• Tax-efficient cycle-to-work programme

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