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Overhaul Manager

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Location: Kent, England, United Kingdom
Job ID: 45753
Date Posted: Sep 18, 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

We are currently recruiting for an Overhaul Manager based at our Ashford train maintenance centre. The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of overhaul activities of the Class 395 fleet. This is role is a permanent position.


Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Managing all Class 395 Overhaul and Heavy Maintenance activities.

  • Overhaul Vehicle Maintenance Schedule.
  • Processes, procedures and technical specifications.
  • Overhaul and delivery schedules.
  • Overhaul periodicity optimisation.
  • Encourage and develop best practice of overhaul and heavy maintenance procedures.

  • Ensure that overhaul and heavy maintenance activities are accurately reported and entered into data management systems.

  • Responsible for the delivery and completion of any unplanned heavy maintenance activities.

  • Manage heavy maintenance expectations in line with business KPI’s and targets.

  • Responsible for all Ashford Wheel lathe activities including sourcing new business.

  • Support and provide liaison with the customer with regards to fleet and contractual requirements as required.

  • Responsible for ensuring adequate levels of SSHEQ are maintained across departmental activities and compliant with company policy and Health & Safety at Work Act requirements.

  • Support and facilitate the creation and implementation of an overhaul and heavy maintenance Competency Management System (CMS) to be compliant with company policy.

  • Manage and control the department budgets through effective and efficient planning of resources.

  • Responsible for individual and team development including succession planning.

  • Encourage the concepts of continuous improvement into safety, quality, performance & cost.

  • Carryout investigations and manage disciplinary issues as required in accordance with company policy and procedures.

  • Support the TMC Manager in commercial and business development opportunities.

  • Develop professionally and support good working relationships.

  • Learn new skills in accordance with Hitachi’s new business demands as required.

  • Liaison with Hitachi and external personnel as required to complete the duties of the post.

  • Provide on call commitment in accordance with On Call Managers roster

About you
  • Extensive experience working within a rail maintenance environment.

  • Sound knowledge of, and compliance to, UK and European railway rules regulations and industry standards.

  • Proven experience in people management in an operational environment.

  • Read, extract and interpret information from technical drawings and specifications.

  • Sound knowledge of Reliability Centred Maintenance.
  • Intermediate IT skills – proficient in Word, Excel, Equinox.

  • Network Rail Sentinel PTS (training will be provided).


  • M & E HNC or served engineering apprenticeship.

  • Recognised Management Qualification.

  • Foresee and resolve technical and procedural challenges.

  • Self-starter, comfortable working in a fluid and evolving environment.

  • Calm and diplomatic under pressure.

  • Holistic practical approach.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Able to represent Hitachi in a professional manner at all times.

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

  • Good team worker.
  • Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status.

  • Experience in a heavy maintenance environment.
  • Additional IT skills – proficient in MS Project & Visio.


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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