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Short Term Planning Assistant - Talent Pool

Who we are:

GWR is the proud custodian of one of the most prestigious railway networks in the world. Our services call at over 275 stations, stretching across the South West of England.

We aim to transform the way people think about rail travel by setting a new standard – a better experience for our customers. Together we will restore the railways as a very special way to travel – relaxing, fast, efficient, friendly and fun.

About the team:

We are currently seeking applications for our Train Planning Talent Pool for future anticipated opportunities. The Train Planning team is responsible for all timetabling and diagramming for GWR and Heathrow Express Services. It's a great team with a fast moving pace of change and a significant volume of work.

Looking ahead 2021 is set to be an exciting and challenging year as we work up to a major piece of Engineering work in Bristol as well as other timetable changes and schemes.

If you are after a challenge and you have a real interest in Railway Operations we would really like to hear from you.

About the job:

The anticipated future roles would be undertaking train planning activities in connection with planned engineering work and special events. This could include working out timings for our trains, rolling stock diagrams and traincrew diagrams. You would be responsible for ensuring we put in place best optimal plans to help meet the needs of our customers.

Your main responsibilities would be:

  • Work with internal functions and Network Rail Train Planning to ensure the timetable is as optimised as it can be
  • To undertake train planning activity in one of the major disciplines within the TPU
  • Replanning train services and where appropriate putting on rail replacement road transport in connection with planned engineering work.

You'll need to be:

  • Able to demonstrate an understanding of the running of the operational railway
  • Able to appreciate commercial and customer priorities and issues when developing train plans
  • Able to work around planned amendments and constraints relating to Network Rail engineering work, special events and other factors that may affect the timetable
  • Able to work flexibly and to tight timescales/deadlines

As a minimum you'll need to have:

Excellent logic skills

Ability to solve problems in a calm and systematic way

Good levels of numeracy and PC literacy

About the location:

Any future roles would be based in Milford House in Swindon in the Train Planning Department.

The Reward:

As well as a great team environment and comprehensive training, all GWR colleagues enjoy a range of benefits including defined benefit salary pension scheme, free rail travel across the GWR network for you and your family, company-sponsored health care plan, childcare vouchers and an Employee assistance programme.

At GWR we value diversity. Our vision for inclusion and diversity is:

We are progressive. We are one family. We are inclusive. First time, every time.

Valuing our differences such as age, gender, LGBTQ+, ethnicity, religion, and disability, means that our colleagues have a voice and are supported to be their authentic selves at work.


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Milford House, Swindon
Milford House, 1 Milford Street, Swindon, Wiltshire, UK, SN1 1HL
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  • Company:
    Great Western Railway (GWR)
  • Website Skillset:
    All Other Roles
  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    Milford House, Swindon
  • Closing Date:
    21 September 2020
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