Organisation: RSSB
Location: London, UK


The post-holder will provide technical expertise and leadership necessary to support RSSB’s delivery of standards and R&D projects that form part of the Infrastructure Strategy, with a focus on civil infrastructure.


  • Author new and revised Railway Group Standards, Rail Industry Standards and guidance notes in accordance with the Railway Group Standards Code and Standards Manual; take a leading role in the management of the National Technical Specification Notices (NTSNs), and in the development of Eurocodes and British Standards through CEN and BSI.
  • Peer review standards work produced by others.
  • The post-holder will also support delivery of industry projects, including RSSB research, covering new and existing infrastructure technologies. This requires the post-holder to:
    • Identify opportunities and support the development of industry project proposals and specifications
    • Support the delivery of project work through collaboration with suppliers and membership of industry committees
    • Peer review project reports
  • The post holder will also provide specialist support within the infrastructure discipline for accreditation services provided by RSSB to the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.
  • Provide technical support to RSSB members in line with reasonable requests.
  • Influence an improved level of understanding within RSSB and across the wider industry of the role of requirements in supporting the achievement of technical compatibility and safe integration.
  • Represent RSSB through membership of relevant industry committees, including technical committees and mirror groups facilitated by RSSB and others. Chair industry meetings as required.
  • Work in conjunction with the Standards Policy team to ensure that the solutions developed, or documents drafted, comply with the relevant decision-making criteria for the environment in which they are made.
  • Report progress and provide technical direction and advice to project managers and the Professional Head of Infrastructure on individual projects.
  • Deputise for the Professional Head of Infrastructure on an interim basis as required.
  • The post holder is required to exercise their detailed knowledge across a wide range of the infrastructure subsystem and the operational context in which it exists, such that they understand in detail the impact that the infrastructure subsystem has on the railway system.


  • Chartered Engineer status and membership of a relevant Professional Engineering Institution or equivalent
  • Understanding of the whole railway system and an ability to apply specialist knowledge to the system
  • Understanding of current and emerging technologies as applied to rail
  • Understanding of relevant interoperability and safety legislation and standards
  • Understanding of requirements, rationale and guidance in the context of the Standards Code and Manual
  • Analytical skills and the ability to apply them in the context of the railway system
  • Ability to work collaboratively with industry to ensure effective fit for purpose standards
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills including
    • Writing skills and ability to understand technical documents
    • Presentation and chairing skills for stakeholder meetings
    • Leadership and coaching skills
  • Ability to undertake horizon scanning to be proactive in capitalising on the implementation of new technology

Early applications are encouraged, as we may close this vacancy before the advertised deadline if sufficient numbers of applications are received.