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MB3 Maintenance Team leader - Bournemouth Traincare Depot

Who are we?

South Western Railway (SWR) operates over 1,500 services each weekday across the network and employs more than 5,000 people. We provide easy and convenient mobility, connecting people and communities in South West London, southern counties of England and the Isle of Wight.

Join our team and help us continue to improve quality of life by bringing people together to get the most out of life.

SWR is part of FirstGroup, the largest rail operator in the UK and second largest bus operator in the UK outside London. FirstGroup operates services throughout the UK and Ireland, with over 30,000 employees providing services that make travel smoother and life easier.  FirstGroup works hard to reduce its impact on the environment, introducing cleaner and more environmentally responsible methods of transport.

About the job:

To service maintain, repair and overhaul traction units, components and equipment to specifications laid down by South Western Railway. As a Maintenance Band 3, you will be responsible for supervising and mentoring assistants, contractors and apprentices and provide on the job training where required. Tasks can range from examining and testing batteries to fault finding on various safety critical systems. You will adhere to Depot protection, quality procedures and rules and regulations that have been put in place and will ensure that all trains are fit for service before releasing them for our customers to enjoy.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Undertake routine faultfinding on vehicles/components to identify faults/solutions and affect repairs.
  • Undertake routine electrical and mechanical maintenance of components and systems in accordance with the relevant maintenance schedule.
  • Complete environmental examinations against detailed specifications, detailing any issues found.
  • Submit maintenance reports as required using appropriate paperwork/IT systems.
  • Attend track calls and carry out repairs where appropriate.
  • Undertake additional tasks/training as specified.
  • Undertake work arising following failure or from maintenance procedures to ensure maximum vehicle availability.
  • Carry out repairs or additional work arising from the examination (mechanical, electrical or vehicle building).
  • Drive road vehicles as required and operate forklift trucks within depot confines.
  • Prepare units for service ensuring a clean and presentable environment.
  • Obtain, use and care for and return all tools and equipment used.
  • Work effectively as part of a team, taking the lead when required.
  • Compile formal reports detailing post incident/failure.

You'll need:

You have experience working within Rail or a similar industry such as aerospace or motor and feel ready to take on that next challenge! You hold recognisable engineering qualifications such as an HNC or degree and keen to oversee a team of engineers. You have experience working in a safe manner and have a strong understand of safety legislations and quality procedures. You have the ability to write up reports, analyse and interrogate data and have a great eye for detail.

About the location:

Bournemouth Depot is home to a number of South Western Railway's fleet. The engineering team at the depot are currently responsible for numerous projects such as the major component overhaul work on the 159 fleet, the Desiro repaint on the class 444's and 450's and the latest modification project on our exciting new Arterio fleet that is set to transform travel on our suburban routes by offering customers much faster and more reliable journeys!

Working pattern:

Average of 37 hours per week, currently over a rolling roster:

Week 1: 20:00 - 06:00 Monday to Thursday

Week 2: 07:00 - 15:00 Monday to Friday

The Reward:

Salary: £38,143 per annum

Regional Allowance: £451 per annum

Team Leader Allowance: £3,078 (non-pensionable amount) per annum

You will also benefit from additional enhancements for different shifts plus potential opportunity for overtime. 

We also offer a variety of valuable benefits including free duty and leisure travel on SWR services for employee, free leisure travel for spouse/partner and dependants (criteria dependant), 75% discount on many other train operating companies, a range of retail benefits and an excellent pension scheme.

Additional Information:

At SWR we believe in providing our staff with the best tools and training in order to carry out tasks to the best of their ability. Upon joining, you will attend practical courses at our training centre in Basingstoke where you will attain recognisable qualifications and information in the following areas:

  • Depot operating procedures and safety requirements.
  • Personal Track Safety
  • DC Electrified Lines.
  • Passed out in Rules and Regulations as required

Because we always need to be alert, we have very strict requirements around drugs and alcohol and therefore you will need to pass a medical, also checking your general health. You will also need to be able to complete a number of assessments that ensure you are the right person for this varied yet demanding role.

Please note applicants who require a visa, must have at least 6 months remaining at the time of their appointment.


We all belong at SWR. FirstGroup's vision is to provide an inclusive environment for all colleagues, across its group of businesses, ensuring all candidates have an equal opportunity to access meaningful employment.

We value our differences such as age, gender, LGBTQIA+, ethnicity, religion, and disability. We maintain a zero tolerance towards any form of prejudice towards our colleagues, customers, and future talent.

We celebrate and encourage diversity of thought, progressive ways of working and seeing all our colleagues grow and thrive.

We review all roles and job descriptions to ensure they are accessible and, where possible, we support and provide flexible working options; we recommend that you refer to each vacancy description for further details.

If you require additional support to complete your application due to a disability or neurodivergent condition, for example, dyslexia, dyspraxia, or autism, please follow the links below.  We encourage you to share any additional needs you may require so we can provide a fair and equal process for all who apply.

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Bournemouth Depot
Nelson Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, England, BH4 9JA
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  • Company:
    South Western Railway
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  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
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  • Location:
    Bournemouth Depot
  • Salary:
    £38,143 per annum plus £451 regional allowance per annum
  • Closing Date:
    24 September 2023
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