Planning Assistant

Engineering & Maintenance Full Time

Website Network Rail

People depend on Britain’s railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway that connects people, businesses and communities.

Planning Assistant x 2


Edinburgh, GB

Department Name

Scotland Region

About Network Rail

At Network Rail, we’re part of a large family serving millions of passengers and freight users throughout the UK everyday. Our service impacts millions of people and we strive to become more efficient as we enhance, maintain and operate our network.

Scotland’s Railway is part of this large family and it covers a large geographical area from the Borders to Thurso at the far tip of the North East of Scotland, accounting for almost 20 per cent of the UK rail network. We provide rapid access along busy commuter routes to our seven cities, servicing the varied needs of our business and leisure commuter services, including cross border services and rural services. We have up to 50 freight services operating every day and we are steadily building capacity for this to grow. Our ambition to be responsive to passengers and freight users, drives us every day and we’re empowered to do the right thing for those who use the rail network. We actively challenge unsafe practices and take responsibility for addressing risks, resolving issues and protecting safety and wellbeing.

Our colleagues are encouraged to work flexibly as we know that busy lives don’t always fit around a traditional working pattern, if you need flexibility to complete your role just let us know and we will do our upmost to help you to invest in your career with us while balancing other aspects of your life.

Brief Description

The Planning Assistant provides support and assistance in all aspects of Delivery Unit Planning activities.

Please note: We are recruiting for 2 positions.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

1. Assist the Delivery Unit Planning team as directed.

2. Assist in the production of the Delivery Unit Period Possession Plan and resource schedules.

3. Submit and process a variety of Access and Resource Planning requests in compliance with agreed processes and procedures.

4. Accurately input, update and maintain relevant planning systems and records as required.

5. Assist in the coordination and optimisation of all resources for efficient maintenance delivery.

6. Provide effective support to plan changes and emergency works.

7. Liaise with external and internal contacts across functions in relation to the planning requests.

8. Assist in the preparation of reports as required.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Knowledge of access planning processes and systems
  • Knowledge of relevant standards and procedures
  • Knowledge of operational railway environment
  • Good geographical knowledge
  • Good interpersonal, communication and organisational skills


  • Knowledge of maintenance processes and techniques
  • Knowledge of Maintenance Planning Systems

We’re dedicated to creating an inclusive environment and we welcome applications from everyone!

Network Rail is a Disability Confident Leader and we’ll try our best to adapt the process and offer a reasonable alternative to help support people with disabilities access, apply and interview for roles. You can visit Evenbreak’s Career Hive for advice on accessibility support if you’re unsure of the options available. Should you require any reasonable adjustments/modifications, please contact [email protected]

Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the pay range advertised.

2 permanent positions are available.

Grade: Band 6

Starting Salary: £22,000

Closing date: Friday 1st July 2022 – late applications will not be accepted.

We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date (based on application volumes) so if you are interested in this vacancy, we encourage you to make your application as early as possible.

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