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Short Notice Planner

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Main Purpose

The Short Notice Planning has a strategic and tactical role for train planning in Control. The team will update and enhance seasonal contingency plans, creating for planned and unplanned events, updating control systems and plans following incident learning reviews, creating on the day contingency plans and making minor alterations to the plan as well as briefing the Control on the timetable.

Principal Accountabilities

  • The Short Notice Planning team will be rostered to work shifts in the Control, will also be responsible for:
  • STP validation/ responses
  • Strategic contingency planning and plans for possession overruns
  • STP (Day A for Day C) planning
  • Possession overrun plans on the day
  • STP weather mitigation plans
  • Plan for short notice sickness affecting services e.g. Covid-19 alterations
  • VSTP planning process
  • Creation of on the day contingency plans for disruption and Supporting the Control Team during times of disruption

Minimum Requirements

  • Previous Train Planning experience preferred
  • Team Worker with some experience in Train Planning or Control - Training will be provided.
  • Accurate worker with great attention to detail.
  • Good communication skills at all levels of the organization.
  • Ability to interpret and re-write train plans.
  • Must be able to work under pressure to achieve tight deadlines and switch from strategic planner to tactical work.
  • Prepared to work shifts.

Working Pattern

Working an average of 37 hours per week

Shifts pattern - Monday to Friday

0700 – 1430, 0900 - 1630, 1430 – 2200

Potential On Call responsibilities

In return we offer a competitive salary and 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.

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

At SWR we believe our people are our greatest asset.

Our vision is to recruit and retain the best talent from the most diverse pool of candidates across our regions.

We are committed to establishing a sense of inclusion for all and to value each person for the unique contribution they bring.

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Gresley Road, Basingstoke, United Kingdom, RG21 4HG
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  • Company:
    South Western Railway
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  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
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  • Location:
    Basingstoke Campus (ROC), London Waterloo
  • Salary:
    £47,920 per annum
  • Closing Date:
    24 September 2023
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