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Maintenance & Facilities Supervisor

Location: Newton Aycliffe, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45484
Date Posted: May 22, 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: Optional

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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

In this exciting new role you will responsible for the Supervision of the Maintenance function and Facilities team at our state of the art manufacturing facility in Newton Aycliffe.

Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Champion and maintain a proactive Health, Safety and Environmental culture, embedding and sustaining the TAKE CARE principles.

  • Carrying out programmed Daily/Weekly/Periodic checks/reactive repairs for site plant rooms and services inc:-

    • Fixed plant – all plant equipment permanently linked into the site infrastructure e.g. Pump stations, waterproof test facility.

    • M+E (Mechanical and Electrical systems) – E.g. Site Heating, Venting and Cooling Systems, Low Voltage/High Voltage supply, electrical systems. Internal/External/Emergency Lighting.

    • Specialist Equipment – E.g. Depot protection system, bogie rotation equipment, traversers.

    • Investigate and rectify accordingly any reports of faults/breakdowns to plant and site infrastructure.

    • Carry out general maintenance of the site/office/buildings and their contents.

    • Perform inspections and planned/reactive maintenance of a mechanical and electrical nature to depot infrastructure systems.

    • Responsible for line management of Maintenance and Facilities Operatives.

  • Plan and monitor planned and reactive maintenance on all production equipment including cranes, shunters, traversers etc.

  • Management of the Calibration process.
  • Co-ordinate Inspection and maintenance of lifting equipment.

  • To supervise and monitor external contractors, ensuring that they are carrying out work safely and to the correct standards.

  • Issue Work/Access Permits and maintain the permit register ensuring that all H&S paperwork is in place.

  • Continue to champion an ongoing positive working environment, ensuring it is maintained in line with corporate values.

  • Maintaining the skills balance and succession planning in the maintenance and facilities team. Ensuring we have the right skills mix, ready for future projects. Develop succession plans for critical roles in order to ensure we have a robust pipeline of talent. Grow, develop and retain high performing employees and apprentices in line with the succession plan.

  • Responding appropriately to emergencies or urgent issues as they arise which include out of hours periods.

  • Deputise for the maintenance and facilities manager in their absence as well as undertaking delegated authority on specific tasks as directed by the maintenance and facilities manager.

  • To be aware of and actively promote and implement Hitachi’s ethos, culture and values.

  • To be involved in Hitachi Rail Europe’s staff development and training and participate in PDP procedures.

  • To adhere to the Hitachi Rail Europe’s Equal Opportunities Policy.

  • To comply with and implement Hitachi Rail Europe’s Health and Safety policy.

  • To undertake any other reasonable duties and responsibilities as may be required.

About you

Licences / Competencies

  • Portable appliance testing equipment (company provides training)

  • MEWP Mobile elevated work platform (company provides training)

  • Fork lift (company provides training)
  • Knowledge of building systems/safety critical machinery/maintenance and construction techniques required.

  • Working at Height.
  • Powered plant and tools-air/110v/Ability to operate and maintain tools and equipment.

  • Must possess intermediate computer skills for Word, Excel and Outlook/adapt to bespoke ITC systems.

  • Experience in Leadership role.
  • Excellent fault finding skills.
  • Strong electrical skills, including installation and testing.


Licenses /Competencies

  • Schematics reading, Electrical circuit diagrams.
  • Contract management.
  • 17th Edition Wiring Regulations.
  • Fabrication experience.
  • Sound knowledge of, and compliance to, rules and regulations.

  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to represent the Company in a professional manner at all times.

  • Good team worker with excellent interpersonal skills to work with all members of the Hitachi team.

  • Position holder must be able to interface effectively with all levels of personnel both within and outside the company and supervise other staff and contractors.

  • Ability to plan/develop, and monitor work schedules to ensure efficient use of personnel.


  • NVQ level 3 (Mechanical/Electrical) - Minimum
  • Time served apprenticeship (Mechanical or Electrical)

Why Hitachi Rail Limited?

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!

Closing date for applications is 5th June 2020

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