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Fleet Director, Scotland & Midlands

Location: United Kingdom
Job ID: 45761
Date Posted: Sep 10, 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.


About you


We are currently seeking to appoint a Fleet Director (Scotland & Midlands) to be responsible for leading all aspects of UK operations for the appointed region, contracts including the establishment of strategic goals and formulating plans to ensure wider business objectives are met. The Fleet Director will lead a team of senior personnel to deliver the fleet on a daily basis for our customers. This includes full accountability for fleet availability, reliability, maintenance, safety, engineering, and train presentation.


Specifically, you will be responsible for the following deliverables:

  • Lead and directly oversee operations, contracts, performance, safety and engineering to ensure the daily delivery of a safe and reliable fleet that enhances the customer experience. 
  • Deliver contractual obligations, ensuring financial targets are consistently achieved and, where they fall short, take appropriate remedial action to drive improvement.
  • Support business activity undertaking analysis of financial and contractual information, assessing, making recommendations and putting in place actions in order to mitigate commercial risk.
  • Develop, deliver and implement the ‘Performance Management System’ for allocated operations.
  • Lead continuous improvement across the allocated operations and develop the strategy to deliver effective and efficient operations to deliver reliability growth.
  • Ensure timely submission of bids and proposals, including effective contract execution, whilst maintaining compliance with applicable Train Services Agreements (TSA) and legal requirements.
  • Lead on pricing strategies, taking into consideration customer needs and business requirements in order to maximise profit margins.
  • Lead a multidisciplinary team of senior personnel providing individual coaching, support and development to succeed in their roles.
  • Lead contract negotiations with external customers and suppliers and facilitate the review, drafting and negotiation of contracts including managing Variation Orders (VOs) and change requests from the Operator or Owners
  • Identify, evaluate and understand capability gaps within UK Scotland & Midlands Operations through research and operational analysis.
  • Lead the mobilisation of new business and contracts and ensure that the delivery of new capability is compatible with the realisation of benefits and business outcomes.
  • Design, develop and deliver innovative solutions that focus on the holistic management of operational capability across all functions and contracts.
  • Optimisation of allocated operational areas and associated maintenance costs.
  • Ensure current operational capability is sustainable and integrated across the business functions
    Anticipate, manage and resolve risks and issues and initiate appropriate corrective action.
  • Challenge the existing culture, current processes and procedures to increase asset utilisation and resilience.
  • Lead change and build a collaborative approach and trusted relationships with internal and external stakeholders, partners and suppliers.
  • Work closely with the wider senior leadership team to improve the performance and reputation of the business.
  • Deputise for the UK OS&M Operations Director as required.

About you

Our expectation is that successful applicants should be able to demonstrate the experience and skills listed below:

  • Substantial experience of working at a senior operational level and proven track record of delivering large multi-site contracts and leading teams within a fast moving, customer facing organisation.
  • Astute contractual and commercial awareness and demonstrable business acumen.
  • Proven relationship management experience, with internal and external stakeholders with conflicting priorities.
  • Hands on engineering exposure and ability to develop, deliver and lead fleet operational improvement strategies.
  • Extensive knowledge and experience of operating within UK rail or similar industry.
  • Ability to develop and implement plans that deliver against global strategic objectives.
  • Strong customer focus and ability to build and manage effective relationships.
  • Excellent negotiation and communication skills.
  • Critical thinking and strong analytical skills.
  • Experienced in working with data sets, understanding and manipulating them.
  • Be highly organised and structured to meet challenging deadlines.
  • Proven background in presenting complex information to senior executive level.
  • Meticulous attention to detail.
  • Ability to prioritise and plan effectively and apply judgement and experience to make effective and timely decisions.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills: must have ability to deliver confident and persuasive briefs up to senior executive level.
  • Excellent leadership and ability to influence diverse teams.
  • Ability to act with a significant level of autonomy.
  • Able to represent Hitachi in a professional manner at all times.
  • Resilient and able to work in a challenging environment


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field (or equivalent)
Desirable Requirements:
  • Experience of programme and project management
  • Master’s degree in business or related field (MBA)

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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