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Job #: R-00136396
Location: Bristol, GB
Category: Logistics
Schedule (FT/PT): Full Time
Travel Required: Yes, 25% of the time
Shift: Day
Potential for Telework: Yes, 100%
Clearance Required: UK - SC


Rail Safety Assurance Manager

Programme Name: LCST

Location: Bristol, UK / Remote (travel to rail locations across the UK will be required on an adhoc basis throughout the year)

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The Role:

We are in search of a Rail Safety Assurance Manager to join the LCST Team at our Bristol office.

The Rail Safety Assurance Manager is responsible for overseeing and ensuring the safety and compliance of 3PL (Third-Party Logistics) providers managing rail transportation activities.

This role requires an in-depth understanding of rail logistics, safety regulations, supply chain management, and vendor management. The primary objective is to ensure that 3PL providers deliver safe, compliant, and high-quality rail transport services that meet or exceed company standards and regulatory requirements.

Key Responsibilities:

Vendor Management and Coordination:

  • Act as the main point of contact between the company and 3PL rail service providers with a focus on safety compliance
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with 3PL providers to ensure alignment with company safety goals and standards
  • Conduct regular meetings and safety performance reviews with 3PL providers to ensure compliance with safety regulations

Safety Performance Monitoring and Assurance:

  • Develop and implement key safety performance indicators (KPIs) to assess the performance of 3PL rail services
  • Monitor 3PL compliance with contractual agreements, safety service level agreements (SLAs), and regulatory safety requirements
  • Conduct regular safety audits and assessments of 3PL rail operations to ensure adherence to safety standards and regulations

Operational Safety Oversight:

  • Monitor the scheduling, routing, and tracking of rail shipments with a focus on safety to ensure compliant and secure delivery
  • Coordinate with internal stakeholders, including logistics, supply chain, and safety teams, to ensure smooth and safe operations
  • Address and resolve safety-related operational issues and discrepancies promptly

Continuous Safety Improvement:

  • Identify areas for improvement in rail logistics safety processes and work with 3PL providers to implement solutions
  • Develop and promote best practices in rail safety logistics to enhance service quality and operational safety
  • Lead initiatives to streamline rail transportation processes to improve safety and reduce risks

Reporting and Documentation:

  • Prepare regular reports on the safety performance of 3PL rail activities, highlighting key metrics and areas for improvement.
  • Maintain accurate records of all safety interactions, agreements, and performance evaluations related to 3PL providers.
  • Ensure all documentation is up-to-date and compliant with industry safety standards and regulations.

Risk and Safety Management:

  • Identify potential safety risks in the rail logistics supply chain and develop mitigation strategies
  • Ensure 3PL providers have adequate safety contingency plans in place for disruptions in rail transport services
  • Monitor and address any safety or security concerns related to rail logistics operations

Key Objectives:

  • Safety Compliance: Ensure that all rail transport activities conducted by 3PL providers meet or exceed safety and compliance standards
  • Quality Assurance: Maintain high standards of quality in rail logistics operations while prioritising safety
  • Timely Delivery: Guarantee the timely and accurate delivery of goods via rail, with a strong emphasis on safety
  • Regulatory Compliance: Ensure 3PL providers comply with all safety-related contractual, legal, and regulatory requirements
  • Continuous Safety Improvement: Drive continuous improvement initiatives to enhance the safety, efficiency, and reliability of rail logistics operations

Required Skills:

  • Preferred Bachelor’s degree in Supply Chain Management, Logistics, Safety Management, Business Administration, or a related field
  • Strong experience in logistics and supply chain management, with a focus on rail transportation and safety compliance
  • Proven experience managing third-party logistics providers

Desired Skills:

  • Strong knowledge of rail transport safety regulations, standards, and best practices; previous interaction with the Office Road & Rail (ORR) is highly desired
  • Would suit someone from an operational background

Clearance Requirements:

  • Clearance to Start BPSS
  • Clearance for Role SC

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What we do for you:
At Leidos we are PASSIONATE about customer success, UNITED as a team and INSPIRED to make a difference. We offer meaningful and engaging careers, a collaborative culture, and support for your career goals, all while nurturing a healthy work-life balance.
We provide an employment package that attracts, develops and retains only the best in talent. Our reward scheme includes:
•    Contributory Pension Scheme
•    Private Medical Insurance
•    33 days Annual Leave (including public and privilege holidays)
•    Access to Flexible benefits (including life assurance, health schemes, gym memberships, annual buy and sell holidays and a cycle to work scheme)

•    Dynamic Working 

Commitment to Diversity:

We welcome applications from every part of the community and are committed to a truly diverse and inclusive culture.  We foster a sense of belonging, welcoming all perspectives and contributions, and providing equal access to opportunities and resources for everyone.  If you have a disability or need any reasonable adjustments during the application and selection stages please let us know, and we will respond in a way that best fits your needs.

Who We Are:

The Logistics Commodities & Services Transformation (LCST) Programme for the UK Ministry of Defence is a critical effort to enhance and improve the UK’s defence supply chain. The programme provides essential services such as storage and distribution for the MOD's materiel, including a global freight service and the procurement and inventory management of 70,000 commodity NATO Stock Number (NSNs).

Working together as Team Leidos we are helping to transform the UK's defence supply chain by providing an integration of a complex mixture of services, at low risk, using a modern suite of systems that will deliver one version of the truth. For the first time, the MOD will see the whole picture, as it is happening.

What Makes Us Different:

Purpose: you can use your passion and abilities at Leidos to keep the people you care about safe. We are at the forefront of machine learning, AI, cyber security and solutions. Using your skills in the technology frontline by helping to build a safer world.  You can inspire change.

Collaboration: having flexibility to do your job is one of our core benefits, enabling you to become part of our extraordinary team.  We have been empowering our people to work flexibly for years.  Whether you work from home, the office or on customer sites, we will give you the digital tools and the flexibility to work smarter and align your needs and ours.          

People: Leidos empowers people from every background to be themselves and gives you the tools to learn new skills by enabling growth whilst developing. We believe that extraordinary people need opportunities to grow, to be inspired and to inspire others. At Leidos, we invest in technical academies, career rotations and a career development plans that enhance your future.

Original Posting Date:


While subject to change based on business needs, Leidos reasonably anticipates that this job requisition will remain open for at least 3 days with an anticipated close date of no earlier than 3 days after the original posting date as listed above.

Pay Range:

The Leidos pay range for this job level is a general guideline only and not a guarantee of compensation or salary. Additional factors considered in extending an offer include (but are not limited to) responsibilities of the job, education, experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities, as well as internal equity, alignment with market data, applicable bargaining agreement (if any), or other law.



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