Tenterden - Northiam - Bodiam
Kent & East Sussex Railway

Vacancy – Carriage and Wagon Delivery Manager

Start Date: Immediate

Remuneration: Competitive Salary package

The Kent and East Sussex Railway is a 10.5-mile-long heritage line currently running from Tenterden in Kent to Bodiam in East Sussex (with a potential extension of a further 3.5 miles to meet the mainline at Robertsbridge) which runs a mixture of steam and diesel heritage trains. Hosting over 80,000 visitors each year, this unique rural light railway is also the home to the iconic Wealden Pullman.

The line, which has operated as a heritage railway since 1974, has a permanent paid staff, providing support in Loco and Carriage & Wagon workshops, Operations, Infrastructure, Commercial and Catering activities to a volunteer workforce of around 500.

The railway operates a large number of ex 1950’s British Railways Mk1 coaches along with 1930’s vintage vehicles, including Pullman coaches that originally operated on the London to Hastings line.  In addition, the railway hosts a number of heritage goods carrying and engineering wagons, as well as coaches from the Victorian and Edwardian era.

Job Description

A full time Carriage and Wagon Delivery Manager is sought to lead and manage all aspects of the day-to-day maintenance and restoration of heritage passenger carriages and freight wagons, ensuring that they are safe to operate and meeting strict maintenance and inspection standards. This job requires a person who has experience of managing an engineering-based workshop in a railway related environment, competence management systems and has a can-do attitude, who takes responsibility for getting tasks done, and who can build and inspire a team of paid and volunteer staff to deliver high quality heritage railway vehicles.

The successful applicant will be based at the railway’s Carriage and Wagon Workshop at Tenterden, and will hold a current driving licence and have their own transport. A flexible approach to hours will be required, which may include some weekend and bank holiday working, school holidays, evenings and the period up to the Christmas celebrations. An out of hours On Call Commitment, rotating with other departmental managers will be part of the role, with training provided.

You must have the right to work in the UK.

ROLE – Carriage and Wagon Delivery Manager, Kent and East Sussex Railway 

TERM: – Permanent (following a trial period).

REPORTS TO: – General Manager of the Kent and East Sussex Railway

HOURS: – Nominally 37.5 hours per week. As this is a 7 day a week operation, there will be a requirement for some weekend and Bank Holiday working. 

SALARY: – Up to £33,000 plus Contributory Pension and National Rail Travel Benefits (after 6 months), dependent on experience and qualifications.

ANNUAL LEAVE ENTITLEMENT: 28 days (including bank holidays)

START DATE: Immediate, subject to negotiation.

The “small print”

The Kent and East Sussex Railway is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its staff and visitors. All staff are expected to share this same level of commitment. The role may require the post-holder to be in a position of responsibility with respect to young persons or to vulnerable adults and may, subject to requirements, require an enhanced Criminal Records check.

The role of Carriage and Wagon Delivery Manager is designated as a Key Safety post. The successful candidate will be required to complete a Medical Questionnaire Form and may also, at the Board’s discretion, be expected to undertake and to pass an appropriate medical examination carried out by the Company’s appointed Medical Practitioner 

How to Apply: 

Apply for this role by emailing a covering letter of no more than one A4 side explaining why you are suitable for the role, together with a copy of your CV to Andy Papworth: apapworth@kesr.org.uk.

Applications close on Friday 5th August 2022

If you would like to understand more about this role before applying, please email your name and phone number to Geoff Crouch: gcrouch@kesr.org.uk to arrange a call.

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