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 associated with the Energy discipline (primarily AC and DC mainline electrification).


  • Author new and revised Railway Group Standards, Rail Industry Standards and guidance notes in accordance with the Railway Group Standards Code and Standards Manual; support the management of the National Technical Specification Notices (NTSNs) and deviations, and the development of International Standards and European Standards, through CENELEC, CEN and BSI.
  • Peer review standards work and R&D project reports produced by others.
  • Support delivery of industry projects, including RSSB research, covering new and existing 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 a wide range of industry and other parties suppliers and membership of industry committees
  • Provide specialist support within the Energy 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, safe integration and human safety.
  • 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 stakeholders on individual projects.
  • Deputise for the Professional Head of Energy on an interim basis as required.
  • E Apply detailed knowledge across a wide range of aspects concerning the Energy subsystem and the operational context in which it exists, such that they understand in detail the impact and interactions that the Energy subsystem has on the other railway subsystems (particularly rail vehicles) and the associated human safety aspects too.
  • Some tasks may require occasional travel within the UK and in some instances, short trips overseas.


  • Chartered Engineer status (or working towards Chartership) and membership of a relevant Professional Engineering Institution
  • Experience of AC and DC electrification (mechanical and electrical aspects) and its interactions with other parts of the railway system, particularly with rail vehicles
  • Understanding of the whole railway system and an ability to apply specialist knowledge to the system
  • Understanding of current and emerging technologies and trends relevant to railway electrification
  • 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 outputs (e.g. standards, research)
  • 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 and techniques
  • A commitment to RSSB’s values and customer service

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