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Station Manager - Southampton Airport Parkway / Fareham

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

Develop and lead your team of frontline staff to deliver excellence in customer service, safety, train running performance, station retailing and on board train presentation (where relevant) at your stations. Maximise efficiency at your locations through effective budget management and ensure that all staff under your control recognise and actively display the South Western Railway, Vision, Values and Behaviours.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • Deliver and where appropriate challenge local working practices and staff performance to achieve optimal results.
  • Through providing the relevant support, training and resources, and by recruiting the best people, ensure that all staff at your locations adopt The South Western Railway Vision, Values and Behaviours.
  • Provide of a safe environment at all times for customers, staff, tenants and contractors at your stations and ensure that all staff under your control are competent to carry out their duties in a safe and efficient manner
  • Meet and where possible make savings against your annual budget through effective management of basic and enhanced pay whilst maintaining a safe and efficient station operation.
  • Motivate your team to deliver a reliable customer experience measured through continual improvements to train running performance, National Passenger Survey satisfaction scores and other customer feedback channels.
  • Work closely with key internal and external stakeholders to create the best possible environment at your stations for staff and customers
  • Deliver effective management of all retailing activities at your stations, ensuring the security of all South West Trains monies and revenue at all times.
  • Work closely with the local Revenue Protection Manager to ensure that ticketless and fraudulent travel is minimised and the Revenue Protection strategy is adhered to at your stations.
  • Undertake additional duties as required by the Area Manager
  • Act as a positive role model at all times in all matters relating to Customer Service and Health and Safety.
  • As part of the wider area management team helps to create the local area strategy
  • Completely owns the delivery of the local area strategy at their locations, adapting it where appropriate to best suit the needs of their stations.
  • Holds the freedom to make local change and challenge current business practice in all aspects of the role whilst working within set safety guidelines.
  • Makes decisions that effect their own locations but defers to the Area Manager for advice and authority where needed
  • Makes decisions using formalised company processes (for example using the SWT Attendance Procedure)
  • As delegated by the Area Manager (for example when on call) will make tactical decisions on behalf of the Area

You'll need:

  • Whilst a background in station management is desirable, the post holder must have proven experience in a relevant customer service industry
  • An understanding of staffing costs and rostering is highly desirable
  • Must have a proven experience of being in a position of trust, potentially around security, key holding and cash handling.
  • Proven experience in demonstrating leadership and coaching skills is highly desirable.
  • A proven ability to change behaviours around customer service and safety is desirable
  • Must have a good standard of education, preferably to a higher education standard eg. A-Level, college or equivalent.
  • Proven ability to lead and inspire teams of people whilst managing multiple tasks
  • Proven written and verbal communication skills are essential
  • On application for the role, a good understanding of relevant products, policies and services is desirable. This is essential once in post.
  • A good understanding of railway safety standards is looked for 

Additional Information:

This post has been identified as the Responsible Person for fire safety for all stations within the scope of the post.  As Responsible Person, he/she must carry out duties in line with the training they have undertaken to effectively manage and maintain fire safety precautions (in line with SHM13.01 – Arrangements for Fire Safety Management & SHM 13.02 Fire Safety Precautions).  He/she must attend specific initial training and then actively manage and undertake such responsibilities as identified in order to maintain competence. He/she must ensure that adequate arrangements are in place to examine all areas of responsibility, including those used by other departments, organisations or tenancies. He/she can delegate their duties to competent persons but cannot delegate the overall responsibility of the role.

About the location

This role will be responsible for overseeing several locations in and around Southampton Airport Parkway and Fareham, including un-manned stations. 

Working pattern

You will be required to work on average 37 hours per week typically office hours Monday - Friday.

As Station Manager, you will be expected to work for large events local to your stations, including early, late and overtime shifts when required. There will also be an on-call requirement.

The Reward

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. 


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.

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Southampton Airport Parkway Station, Wide Lane, Southampton, Hampshire, United Kingdom, SO18 2HW
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  • Company:
    South Western Railway
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  • Contract Type:
    Permanent - Full Time
  • Contracted Hours:
  • Location:
    Fareham, Southampton Airport Parkway
  • Salary:
    £37,682 - £40,165 per annum
  • Closing Date:
    24 September 2023
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