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Rail Operations Specialist at Jacobs

Rail Operations Specialist

Jacobs Abu Dhabi Full-Time
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At Jacobs, we push the limits of what’s possible to make the world smarter and more connected. For the Etihad Rail project that means delivering a new 650km freight rail network across the United Arab Emirates from the Saudi Arabian border to the Indian Ocean, connecting major industrial ports and economic hubs across the way and redefine logistics and transport in the region, providing a modern, safe, efficient and sustainable network. This is a transformational project for the United Arab Emirates and the wider gulf region, providing a transportation backbone for freight and passengers as part of the UAE’s strategic growth plan.

You'll take ownership and act as the Rail Operations subject matter expert in multi-disciplinary rail infrastructure design teams, acting as a link into the operational railway. Activities include:

•             Articulation of end-user requirements

•             Identification of cost-effective, whole system solutions to Client problem statements

•             Assurance of designs solutions from an operational and end-user perspective

•             Management of relationships with the client organisation, TOCs and FOCs

•             Specification of operations capacity and performance modelling exercises

•             Support colleagues in other lines of business (e.g., Transport Planning, Strategic Consulting, Cities & Places) by acting as rail industry expert and reaching back into Transportation for technical support as required.

You will have a comprehensive understanding of the role which rail can play in the delivery of broader strategic outputs such as economic regeneration, social mobility and “levelling up” alongside understanding of railway and train operating principles and how they can contribute to the development of effective, cost-efficient design solutions. You will be able to utilize your understanding of rail industry organisational structures, train planning principles. You will be knowledgeable on rail industry funding and commercial, project management principles.

As a successful candidate you will have a Bachelors degree (or higher) in an engineering discipline. You are a highly motivated rail operations professional with at least 15 years’ recent experience working for a Train or Freight Operating Company. A significant part of your career will have been in roles with direct responsibility for delivering train services. Your practical experience is balanced by a sound grasp of the strategic principles which underpin the delivery of safe and efficient railway operations. Membership of the Institution of Railway Operators or equivalent experience. Experience in light rail and / or high-speed rail is desirable but not essential. Understanding and application of Lean principles is desirable but not essential. You will be unafraid to challenge the unacceptable every time especially in matters of safety, diversity and inclusivity and personal behaviours.

Jacobs. A world where you can.

From our inclusive employee networks, to our positive mental health champions – we are committed to driving a culture of caring where you can be you. Joining Jacobs not only connects you locally but globally - and together, our diverse perspectives and unique backgrounds power our collective strength. We collaborate and share! By supporting one another, we all succeed.

With safety and flexibility always top of mind, we have gone beyond traditional ways of working so you have the support, means and space to maximise your potential. You will uncover flexible working arrangements, benefits, and opportunities to do good too – from participating in our global giving and volunteering program, to exploring new and inventive ways to help our clients make the world a better place. No matter what drives you, you will discover how you can cultivate, nurture and achieve your goals – all at a single global company.

Start your Jacobs career with a company that inspires and empowers you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow.   


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