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Train Planning Placement London 2024

Rolling deadline

GTR's Undergraduate Placement Scheme is located within the heart of the busy Train Planning Unit and the successful applicants will be part of a team of around 60 planners. Successful candidates will be expected to be functioning and productive members of the team with appropriate training and support. The role is structured to ensure a wide-ranging set of work experiences and varied workload. For example:

  • Producing documents for operational and customer service colleagues that detail short-term variations to the advertised timetable as necessitated by engineering work or special events. These contain essential information required by drivers, station staff and 24-hour controllers.
  • Recording the department's Key Performance Indicators and producing related reports.
  • Organising and administrating the special events planning groups.
  • Maintaining and developing timetable data to inform the Passenger Information System on board our various train fleets.
  • Undertaking train planning activities to support the teams.

Applicants will need

  • To be a registered University student ideally on a transport, geography or logistics related under-graduate sandwich degree programme.
  • An understanding of the railway industry, its framework and operation.
  • Strong IT skills, specifically Microsoft Excel and Word, with an ability to learn additional specialist techniques and packages as required.
  • An ability to self-organise and manage tasks efficiently.
  • Analytical skills, initiative and an ability to communicate effectively.
  • An accurate, clear, methodical and responsible approach to work.

On-going liaison with the applicant's university and tutorial field visits are encouraged. The successful applicant will participate in all available formal GTR courses and will be supported by the Train Planning Development Manager who will conduct all Placement reviews where these are stipulated by the university.

Ideally, a two-month overlap will occur with the present incumbents to facilitate workplace familiarisation, a smooth handover and to ease the new post holders into their new role. The contract for the position should last from July 2024 until September 2025.

The Govia Thameslink Railway Train Planning Unit is located at London King's Cross Station.

The successful applicant will receive an annual salary of £29,000 plus other benefits including annual leave and a combination of free and discounted rail travel (depending on location).

Applications, including a CV and covering letter detailing reasons for the candidate's interest in and suitability for the role, should be received by 1 st December 2023. Interviews will occur shortly afterwards.

Rolling deadline