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11 March 2010. Vol 2, Issue 2

Dear Readers,

If you would like to be the Warren Buffet of the antipodes, now is your chance. The Adelaide to Darwin line in Australia has been put up for sale by KordaMentha, the receivers of FreightLink. The sale was anticipated last year but the difficult financial conditions made potential bidders cautious.

The line has been successful in obtaining business in both the bulk and general freight sectors and, with trading conditions improving, plus the steady growth of the mining sector a more secure management structure might well see a success story in the making.

Jobs of the Week encompass two great positions for experienced rail professionals. In the United Arab Emirates our client, who has been tasked with designing, constructing, commissioning and operating a railway network throughout the region, is seeking an Operations Director, and in Melbourne, Australia a leader in the provision of planning, design and management services for infrastructure development worldwide has a vacancy for a Business Development Manager.

For further details of these positions and other opportunities worldwide, visit our website at www.railpersonnel.com.

Regards
Ceri Taylor
Editor
ceri@railpersonnel.com

   
 
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1. 11 March 2010. UK. Government to propose new high-speed route
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2. 10 March 2010. Australia. Rail project hits the buffers
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3. 9 March 2010. Serbia. Railways to split into several holdings
The state-run company Serbian Railways will split into several holdings by the end of the year.
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4. 9 March 2010. Iran. More metro lines for Tehran
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5. 9 March 2010. China. Plans for Beijing to London express railway
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Job Title: Operations Director ( #8495 )
Discipline: Operations
Role: Management
Position Type:
Country: United Arab Emirates
Languages:

Job Description:
Our client has been tasked with designing, constructing, commissioning and operating a railway network throughout the United Arab Emirates. The railway will initially be a mixed use freight and passenger railway with a design speed of up to 200 km/h for passenger and 120 km/h for freight. There is the possibility of future developments of higher speed passenger services on dedicated tracks between major centres of population.

They are looking for someone to look after all operational aspects of the new railway. The scope of the Operations Director role is wide and covers, amongst other things:
  • strategic network planning
  • operational specifications / interface with infrastructure design including optimisation
  • operational safety and delivery including preparation and maintenance of Railway Safety Case (in co-ordination with Infrastructure Director and Safety Director)
  • operational planning including resource strategies and scheduling
  • operational management including rule books, training and delivery plans; and
  • rolling stock specification, procurement (together with dedicated procurement team), commissioning, operation and maintenance.
The Operations Director will be a senior member of the senior leadership team reporting to the CEO. The leadership team is currently being hired and includes people with substantial experience of railway projects and operational delivery from around the world.

Requirements:
  • experience with heavy haul operations at Director level.
Contact: davidh@railpersonnel.com

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Job Title: Business Development Manager, Rail ( #8513 )
Discipline: Mechanical
Role: Business Development, Management
Position Type: Permanent
Country: Australia
Languages: English

Job Description:
This client is a leader in the provision of planning, design and management services for infrastructure development worldwide. They require an experienced and qualified Business Development Manager (Rail) to led activities in Melbourne, Victoria.

The role has principal accountability for the strategic management of the project pipeline and the identification, tracking and monitoring of prospects to maximize the potential win rate and project value.

To provide advice to all sectors of the Rail team and to provide specific and specialist advice in relation to tactical prospects to meet regional transportation and group objectives.

To support all of the existing markets sectors and identify and support the development of new sectors and work streams.

A key objective of this role is to ensure that business intelligence is maximized with strategic prospects identified tracked and managed.

Including the identification of potential partners, contracting strategy, and resource requirements and to maximize the commercial benefit to the business through effective management in accordance with our business principals.

Requirements:
  • Experience of working within the rail industry within Australia
  • A sound appreciation of how customer service impacts on service delivery in the consulting environment
  • Well honed commercial acumen and proven experience in winning new business
  • Excellent bid management skills and a proven track record in successful bid delivery
  • A good understanding of the Australian market
  • Experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams and experience in managing multi-disciplinary teams.
Contact: adam@railpersonnel.com

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