Engineering Director (voluntary)
Purpose of this role
Ensure that the Board is effective in its task of setting and implementing the direction and strategy of the Avon Valley Railway’s engineering department.
One Board meeting per month plus approx 1 or 2 days per week to support the engineering team
Main areas of responsibility
We’re looking for someone to support the staff and volunteer teams to successfully discharge the requirements of the railway’s Safety Management System pertaining to engineering. This will include inspections, maintenance and overhaul of locomotives and all forms of passenger, freight and maintenance vehicles at the Avon Valley Railway, ensuring they are fit for traffic as required.
We’ll also look for you to create an inspection and recording regime of all Engineering assets and set and manage standards of maintenance works including scoping and budgeting planned works, oversight as these take place and handover once complete. Ensure these processes align, support and form part of the Safety Management System.
Our Engineering function is going through a period of change, both in terms of culture and managed outputs. We’re looking for someone to help manage this change, embedding the desired safety and operational cultures into the department. This may take time to achieve, but will be a rewarding aspect of this role. Initially we expect the time required to be in the region of 1 or 2 days a week, but this should reduce in time as these systems and processes become more consistently applied.
This document should be read in conjunction with AVR-SMS-050-02 ‘Roles and Responsibilities of Directors & Trustees’ which outlines more general standards to be adhered to as a Director of the Avon Valley Railway Company Ltd.
• Knowledge of engineering, ideally in a railway or similarly complex environment.
• Strong leadership skills with ability to manage and motivate staff teams
• Able to successfully articulate engineering and maintenance information to non technically-minded individuals.
• Previous experience of a board or senior level appointment, preferably with experience of working in a safety-conscious environment and/or within an organisation that has a large volunteer workforce
Please apply via our Indeed job page, searching for Avon Valley Railway, by 05 June 2022. Applications will then be reviewed by the Board, with selected candidates invited for formal interview and background checks completed.