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22 April 2010. Vol 4, Issue 3

Dear Readers,

The advertising slogan ‘let the train take the strain’ came into its own this week when all flights in, out and around Europe were grounded due to the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano eruption in Iceland. It was great to see train companies rally to passengers’ needs and put on additional services.

SNCF added 5,000 seats on the high-speed Eurostar train link between France and the UK, 2,000 on trains to Switzerland and a further 1,000 seats for passengers on trains to Germany. Deutsche Bahn showed solidarity with Lufthansa by offering passengers with valid tickets on the national airline free travel across to destinations throughout the country. Numerous other European rail firms also ran extra services.

We hope this freeze on air travel will make government sceptics realise the positive outcomes of investment in high-speed rail infrastructure.

With five fantastic Jobs of the Week there should be something to suit even the most discerning candidate. In Australia we are seeking Construction Managers Rail (3) to undertake roles based Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. In Hong Kong we have a vacancy for a Lead Safety Assessor to take on a role for an organisation that provides professional consultancy and support services; and in Saudi Arabia we are looking for an Arabic speaking Quality Advisor (Safety) to work on the Mecca Metro Rail Project.

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. 22 April 2010. UK. Network Rail announce 500 job cuts
Network Rail has announced that 500 maintenance workers would lose their jobs by the end of next month.
Source: The Times

2. 22 April 2010. Austria. Siemens to supply eco friendly trains
Siemens has reached an agreement to supply the Austrian Federal Railway (OBB) with up to 200 eco-friendly passenger trains. .
Source: Siemens Mobility

3. 21 April 2010. Poland. Bombardier awarded €41m contract
Bombardier Transportation and "Koleje Mazowieckie – KM" Sp. z o.o. have signed a €41 million (US54 million) contract for the delivery of eleven TRAXX electric locomotives.
Source: Bombardier Transportation

4. 21 April 2010. South Africa. Luxury train crash kills two
A luxury tourist train has derailed near the South African capital, Pretoria, killing at least two people and injuring at least 25 more
Source: BBC

5. 20 April 2010. UK. Aslef to bid for East Coast Main Line
Train drivers' union Aslef is planning to put in a bid to run the East Coast Main Line as a not-for-profit business.
Source: BBC

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Job Title: Construction Manager - Rail ( #8585 )
Discipline: Civil
Role: Project Management
Position Type: Permanent
Country: Australia
Languages: English

Job Description:
We have three exciting opportunities for suitably experienced Construction Managers – Rail, in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Primary responsibility will be to provide operational support to current and future projects as well as interface between projects and the Division Manager.

Requirements:
  • tertiary qualifications in engineering or an appropriate field
  • proven delivery of previous Rail projects
  • worked on major Rail projects at SPE level or higher
  • successfully delivered at least 1 project over $50million as Project Manager; and
  • good balance between technical and commercial strength.
Contact: adam@railpersonnel.com

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Job Title: Lead Safety Assessor ( #8438 )
Discipline: Safety, Process Reviews
Role: Risk Management, Validation & Verification
Position Type: Permanent
Country: Hong Kong
Languages: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Job Description:
This leading organisation provides professional consultancy and support services. They are seeking a high calibre and recognised railway industry professional to join the rail team as Lead Safety Assessor. The candidate will be expected to lead ISA teams primarily in signalling safety assessment projects but also in other areas of railway systems.

Responsibilities include:
  • lead Independent Safety Assessment teams in the execution of Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) works
  • liaise with client organisations and manage client expectations associated with ISA projects while maintaining a strictly independent view of the projects under assessment
  • manage, coordinate and participate in safety assessments
  • manage, co-ordinate and participate in safety audits
  • prepare tender submissions, technical and commercial proposals for ISA projects
  • support regional opportunities within the Asian and International marketplace where required
  • develop ISA team member’s capabilities and enhance and adapt the ISA methodologies employed by the Rail Services section; and
  • must have led a team doing independent safety assessments of signaling systems in railway/metro works project.
Requirements:
  • Degree qualified safety professional
  • minimum of 15 years post graduate experience
  • minimum 5 years in railway signalling
  • minimum 5 years in the understanding and application of safety standards to actual projects
  • affiliation with recognised professional body ie. IRSE/IEE
  • Language skills in Mandarin, Chinese, English and/or French; and
  • may involved overseas travel although the position is based in Hong Kong.
Contact: jackie@railpersonnel.com

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Job Title: Quality Advisor ( #8561 )
Discipline: Quality
Role: Consultant
Position Type: Contract
Country: Saudi Arabia
Languages: Arabic, English

Job Description:
Our client is seeking a Quality Advisor (Safety Leadership role) to coordinate the implementation and maintenance of quality based management systems across the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro project. Please note that all applicants must be male and speak Arabic. Role includes providing assurance of compliance and promoting continuous improvement.

Responsibilities include:
  • provide maintenance of a quality based management system applicable to all areas of the business
  • coordinate and liaise with both internal departments and external parties in the process of obtaining and maintaining external accreditation of quality management systems to ISO 9001:2000
  • manage the control of documentation to ensure all personnel have access to up to date procedures, work instructions etc. at all times
  • provide advice and guidance across the organisation on quality management and the philosophy of continuous improvement
  • develop and coordinate the implementation of a risk based programme of audits against all elements of the management system, and facilitate external audits
  • coordinate audit activities between internal and external parties
  • produce statistics and management reports on the performance of the management systems, to facilitate effective and efficient management reviews; and
  • perform and carry out other duties as instructed / directed by the HSQE Director.
Requirements:
  • must be Arabic speaking
  • higher diploma of post secondary education in a relevant discipline
  • minimum 3 years of work experience as a quality professional with management experience in a rail industry
  • exposure to quality management and administration, and in management information systems, business applications would be a definite advantage; and
  • strong audit-related expertise, including understanding of compliance requirements, monitoring guidelines, and standards e.g. ISO9001:2000, ISO 14001:2000 and OHSAS 18001:1999 is essential .
Contact: jackie@railpersonnel.com

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