Head of Interoperability and Rail Vehicle Engineering

Office of Rail and Road
London, Birmingham, Bristol, Manchester, York, Glasgow
London: £71,906 - £74,762, Regional: £67,868 – £70,767
Closing date
3 Sep 2022

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Civil Engineer
Contract Type
Full Time
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Team information

The team manages the governance around our regulatory processes allowing us to hold Network Rail and the railway industry to account for compliance with key obligations.

Job Purpose

The Head of Interoperability and Rail Vehicles Engineering leads a team that provides rail vehicles engineering expertise, support and guidance across ORR in its role as a combined economic and safety regulator. Members of the team work closely with colleagues across all ORR’s various directorates, the Department for Transport and a wide range of industry stakeholders, including those in Europe. As manager of this team it is necessary to take a lead on policy for matters pertaining Rail Vehicles and the broader Interoperability Regulations.

Key Responsibilities

Your key responsibilities, although not exhaustive, will include:

  • Carry out assessment of and lead Interoperable Authorisation projects and
  • Authorisation applications;
  • Provide support in relation to other ORR Statutory Work, such as Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECM), Vehicle Exemptions and Safety Certification assessments;
  • Perform inspection of vehicles to assist with ORR delivery plan work;
  • Provide support to ORR investigations. Occasionally this may include taking the formal role of an Expert Witness;
  • Review Rail Accident Investigation Branch findings, recommendations and responses, ensuring duty holders take effective action to achieve timely closure of recommendations;
  • Provide technical input into answering public and ministerial enquiries relating to rail vehicles;
  • Contribute to the review, development and application of relevant European and national technical standards;
  • Represent ORR at professional forums with industry where required;
  • Maintain technical expertise in your own specialist area, likely to be, for example, either mechanical (structures, braking, wheel/rail interface, doors); or electrical (power systems, control systems, interference); and
  • Share rail vehicle engineering knowledge with colleagues across ORR to support training and development activities.

Essential Criteria

When assessing your application, these are the criteria that you are assessed against:


  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Seeing the Bigger Picture


Working knowledge of health and safety regulations and interoperability regulations, a proven team manager.

To manage a multi-disciplinary team that  deliver outputs internally and externally to prescribed service levels.


Knowledge of Interoperability Regulations from either a rolling stock or infrastructure perspective.

Mandatory Memberships

Chartered or working towards chartered status

This job description provides an overview of key duties and responsibilities and is not exhaustive. You may be expected to undertake other duties and responsibilities within the scope of your role and as appropriate for your grade.

How we will assess your application At ORR, we use the Civil Service ‘Success Profiles’ framework for our recruitment.  Please refer to the Candidate Information Pack accompanying this advert for details.  

  1. Shortlisting

We will assess you against these elements at shortlisting:

  • Behaviours
  • Experience
  • We may conduct a pre-sift on ‘Changing and Improving’

Successful candidates at the pre-sifting stage will then progress to the next stage. 

Interview We will assess you against all essential criteria at interview stage.

A presentation may be included as part of our assessment for the essential criteria: The presentation will cover all aspects of the essential criteria.   

The interview may be conducted in two parts – an initial interview followed by a second interview – to identify the best candidate

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