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Maintenance Team Leader

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Location: Swansea, Wales, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45462
Date Posted: May 27, 2020
Segment: Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Company Name: Hitachi Rail Limited
Profession (Job Category): Repair & Maintenance
Job Type (Experience Level): Experienced
Job Schedule: Full-time
Remote: No

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Are you looking for opportunities to work on high profile rail projects and advanced technology alongside experts from the UK, Europe and Japan? Come and join the fastest growing rail business in the world!


Hitachi Rail is a fully integrated, global provider of rail solutions across rolling stock, signalling, service & maintenance, digital technology and turnkey. With a presence in 38 countries across three continents and over 13,000 employees, our mission is to contribute to society through the continuous development of superior rail transport solutions. We are working to Inspire the Next – and this is your chance to be part of it.

Your new role

Hitachi Rail are looking for talented a Maintenance Team Leader to join our Train Maintenance Centre in Swansea. This is a permanent role working on a rotating shift basis.


Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Responsible for supporting the development of the maintenance documents that will be required during the testing phase to include testing “safety of the line” inspections.

  • Responsible for performing the testing maintenance regime as required in such a way as to not impact operational test running. 

  • Responsible for taking physical delivery of the train and ensuring the maintenance acceptance processes and procedures are followed.

  • Deployment of the initial and ongoing depot operational processes and procedures relating to the maintenance and repair of Hitachi rolling stock assets.

  • Responsible for deployment of the necessary operational processes and procedures for the control of depot special tools.

  • Support the continued development of the SAP maintenance management system (MMS).  Ensure all shop floor requirements are captured and delivered.

  • Support the material management team with setting up of the material stores both as required during testing and commissioning. Ensure all material usage is controlled and recorded in the Maintenance Management System.

  • Direct management of the maintenance team to ensure all materials are correctly booked out of the stores and any materials being returned to the stores for repair are correctly labelled and process is followed.

  • Deployment of Lean principles and best practice and other out stabled locations as necessary.

  • With support from the maintenance team undertake an on train practical review of all maintenance tasks, feedback any potential improvements.

  • Fleet Delivery – Ensuring the contractual agreed number of trains are made available for service. Fitness to run examinations are carried out on all trains entering service. Responsible for making on the spot decisions to alter or cancel morning service. Update fleet disposition statement and authorise for release via maintenance control.

  • Constant Improvement – Create an atmosphere through the team that seeks to constantly improve the process associated with the maintenance.

  • Assistance in planning exam work – Identify maintenance exams due, time required and Identify staff numbers and strengths to enable completion of the exam.

  • Overseeing and assisting the corrective and preventative maintenance.  Ensure exam tasks are being completed in a timely manner, assist exam work or fault rectification when required.

  • Maintenance Management System (SAP) Monitor the SAP system to ensure all work is being recorded correctly.

  • Materials –.  Interrogate the SAP system to determine if spares are available to complete the necessary work orders. Ensuring team members follow the correct procedures to ensure that materials are recorded and / or returned to the stores for repair.

  • Staff Appraisals – Yearly performance and develop plans for the shift members. Three monthly and six monthly probationary period reviews for new employees on shift.

About you
  • Experience of direct and indirect assessment of staff on the shop floor.

  • Experience of leading a maintenance team on a shift basis in a modern rolling stock maintenance depot environment.
  • Outstanding Safety Awareness gained in an operational railway engineering environments.
  • Experience of working at stabling out stations or main line station technical support.
  • Rolling stock test, approvals and commissioning experience preferably gain from a previous modern rolling stock fleet introduction.
  • Highly experienced in undertaking preventative and corrective rolling stock maintenance on modern rolling stock. To include modern fault finding and repair techniques using pc based laptops and remote train diagnostics.
  • Competent with stores, spare parts logistics and material management on a railway maintenance depot.
  • Extensive experience of modern maintenance management systems (MMS) and associated reliability and available trend analysis.
  • Experience of undertaken reliability improvements plans and modification without impacting on the maintenance plan or availability.


  • M&E HNC or served engineering apprenticeship or equivalent proven railway experience.

  • Engineering based NVQ level 3
  • Sound knowledge of, and compliance to, rules and regulations

  • Able to represent Hitachi in a professional manner at all times

  • Proven experienced team leader with very strong leadership skills

  • Calm and diplomatic under pressure
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to interface effectively with all levels of personnel both within and outside the company.

  • Loyal, committed, confident and determined.
  • Intermediate IT skills – typically Word, Excel, Power Point, Outlook

  • Reading electrical, pneumatic, mechanical schematics and drawings

  • Powered plant and tools – bogie drop, cranes, air systems / 110v tools.

  • Depot Protection
  • Working at Height, COSHH, Manual handling, AC/DC Depot isolation


Why Hitachi Rail?


At Hitachi Rail you will find a passionate and collaborative environment. We operate according to our values of Harmony, Sincerity and Pioneering Spirit. As such, we work closely as a team and empower our colleagues to take ownership and become creative in our pursuit of excellence. We take pride in the contribution we make to society and we always act with integrity and fairness towards our customers, suppliers and colleagues.


We offer a competitive salary and annual leave entitlement as well as a generous benefits package. This includes a pension scheme with contributions up to 9%, health insurance, and many more perks for you to choose from within a flexible plan that will meet your specific needs and lifestyle.


If you like the sound of the above and feel energised by the idea of joining a great brand at a moment of exciting expansion, please apply now. We look forward to hearing from you!

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