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Crossing Keeper Job at Network Rail – in Warrington

Job Description

Crossing Keeper – Littons Mill SB


Warrington, GB

Department Name

North West & Central Region.RNTW..HO.4

About Network Rail

Are you looking to join an organisation where you do meaningful work every day? Our crossing keeper roles are your entry into a rewarding career with Network Rail.

Our role is to run a safe, reliable and efficient railway, serving customers and communities. We exist to get people and goods where they need to be and to support our country’s economic prosperity.

We’re undertaking an ambitious change. Our vision is Putting Passengers First – a company that is on the side of passengers and freight users; that is easy to engage with and is an efficient and dependable partner; a company people are proud to work for; instinctively recognised as an industry leader.

We’re an organisation where people matter. We matter to millions. Everyone matters is our diversity strategy. By 2024 we will be an even more open, diverse and inclusive organisation that is better at reflecting the communities that we serve. By putting our passengers first, our strategy will help us to provide a more accessible and more inclusive experience for you.

Brief Description

Your decisions make all the difference…

As a crossing keeper, you’ll play a vital role in moving passengers and freight through your part of the rail network, and for the safe onward journeys of other level crossing users including cars and pedestrians.

And if you make the grade then you can look forward to a rewarding and fulfilling career with a company that recently joined the top 50 in the Glassdoor’s 2021 Best Places to Work.

About the role (External)

Every day you’ll be responsible for controlling the movement of crossing barriers that keep trains moving through on time. You’ll raise the barriers to let other users across the tracks only when it’s safe for them to do so. And you’ll be proactive in maintaining barriers and other crossing equipment, responding quickly to any faults or potential safety risks.

Each level crossing unique with different users, activity and equipment but safety is always paramount you’ll play a vital role in the onward journey of all users of your level crossing. This might mean challenging unsafe behaviour or managing difficult situations.

Your skills matter and many of our crossing keepers started with no formal rail experience and have also progressed into higher grade Signaller roles. Any work you’ve done which has required concentration, is safety critical and involves communicating with others would stand you in good stead.

Here are the transferrable skills you’ll need to show us

Communication – A variety of clear communication skills are essential as a crossing keeper.

Ability to learn – You’ll be learning on the job and will need this to work safely and confidently.

Ability to work alone – Every crossing keeper requires the ability to operate efficiently and make safety critical decisions confidently and independently.

Ability to work as part of a team – Whilst being able to work confidently alone, it is important that you are a team player.

Attention to detail – The role requires consistent high levels of attention but varying levels of concentration. When things go quiet you need to be ready to spring into action.

Multi-Tasking – You will be expected to deal with phone calls, signal trains, block lines for maintenance work and complete administration tasks.

Working Under Pressure – Due to the intense and challenging events that can occur on the railway, it is crucial you are able to remain calm whilst working under pressure.

Decision Making – By its nature, you need to make safety critical decisions throughout the course of your shift.

You’ll also need to be within a 60-minute commute of the location that you’re applying to work at and will need access to your own transport to allow for the different shift work.

This role involves days, nights and weekend working and the job is safety critical. Offers of employment are subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment and BPSS pre-employment checks. This will include a hearing and eyesight examination

As part of your application you will be asked to answer a series of Yes/No questions relevant to the Job you are apply for. These will be followed by 3 more detailed questions relating to your interest and knowledge of the role and the relevant skills, experience, and behaviours we are looking for.You should limit your responses to a maximum of 200 words so make every word count!

Remember to read all the questions carefully and take your time when thinking about your responses. It should take you approximately 30 minutes to an hour to complete your application.

What does Diversity and Inclusion mean to us?

‘Diversity’ means recognising differences between people while valuing the contribution they make. ‘Inclusion’ means creating safe and welcoming workplaces with fair cultures that encourages innovative and fresh ways of thinking.

We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

If you should need relevant and/or accessible support to apply for our roles, please contact [email protected] or for general application support please contact [email protected]

Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their awareness of our safety vision

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the pay range advertised.

Salary: £26,485/pa

Closing date: 20/05/2022. Late applications will not be accepted.

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Company Location:  Warrington

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