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Signaller Grade 6 to Grade 8 Anglia (Colchester, Willesden and Upminster)

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Your decisions will make a huge difference! You’ll make sure trains travel safely and efficiently along your part of the network from one of our signalling locations. Managing the signals is an integral part to passenger and freight journeys, as well as the safety of our maintenance colleagues out on track. Maintaining the highest standards in every action you take, you’ll make sure each decision is thought through, following clear, calm and methodical analysis. Even under pressure, your standards will never slip. 


You’ll be expected to take the lead in your duties during your shift. That means you’ll take command of situations, with an assertive approach and clear communication. A signaller's work never stops - this role involves days, nights and weekend working. Our safety vision is everyone home safe every day, and our fatigue management means you’ll need to be within a 60-minute commute of the location you’re applying for and will need access to your own transport to allow for the different shift work. 


As the role of a signaller is safety critical, all offers of employment are subject to drug and alcohol testing and passing of the relevant medical assessment and BPSS pre-employment checks. 

Main Responsibility

We’re recruiting for signaller roles starting at grade 6, all the way up to grade 8 for our dedicated Anglia route, part of the busy Eastern region. Some of our key links include Liverpool Street to Norwich, the Cross-country corridor via Ely, the West Anglia Mainline to Cambridge and Kings Lynn, the North London Line from Stratford and the Essex Thameside line from Fenchurch Street to Shoeburyness. 


The Ideal Candidate

Our signalling community comes from a variety of different backgrounds, and so we’re passionate about your transferrable skills and behaviours. No formal rail experience is required, though any work you’ve done which has required concentration, is safety critical and involves communicating with others would stand you in good stead. 

You don’t need rail experience, but you do need to show how your transferrable skills meet the following essential criteria: 

  • Communication – variety of clear communication skills are essential in the signalling role. You'll be required to deliver safety critical information with colleagues and stakeholders to ensure processes and safety standards are adhered to at all times. 

  • Ability to learn – due to its safety critical nature, there is a lot to learn to become a competent signaller. 

  • Ability to work alone – every signaller requires the ability to operate efficiently and make decisions confidently on an individual basis. 

  • Ability to work as part of a team – despite being able to work alone, it’s important you are a real team player. 

  • Attention to detail – the signaller role requires consistent high levels of attention but varying levels of concentration. 

  • Multi-tasking – you will be expected to deal with phone calls, signal trains, block lines for maintenance work and complete administrative tasks. 

  • Working under pressure – due to the intense and challenging events that can occur on the railway, it is crucial you are able to remain calm whilst working under pressure. 

  • Decision making – by its nature, the signaller role requires you to make safety critical decisions throughout the course of your shift. 

Package Description

Are you looking to join an organisation where you do meaningful work every day?

Our signaller roles are your first step into a rewarding career with Network Rail.

These Signalling positions are based in Upminster, Colchester and Willesden. 

Positions in Willesden are Flexi roles which means you'll be covering signallers across Acton Wells, Richmond, South Tottenham, Upper Holloway, Neasden, Dudding Hill and Acton Canal Wharf.

Willesden - Grade 6 salary: £40, 635 Salary while in training: £38,354 

Upminster - Grade 7 salary: £43, 831 Salary while in training: £40, 635 & Grade 8 salary: £46,569 Salary while in training: £43,831

Colchester - Grade 8 salary: £46,569 Salary while in training: £43,831

Closing date: 24th June 2021

Note on early closing - Signaller vacancies often receive high numbers of applications and we may close the vacancy early when we have reached a maximum number of applications. Please do submit your application as early as possible.

Click ‘apply for this job’ to apply.

About the Company

Network Rail's role is to run a safe, reliable and efficient railway, serving customers and communities. We exist to get people and goods where they need to be and to support our country’s economic prosperity. Safety is our priority. 

 The Anglia route are growing their Operations team to better improve the service we provide for our passengers and freight users. The safe, efficient and reliable operations of signals across our network really does keep Britain moving! Combining analytical thinking with interpersonal skills, the role of a Signaller is quite simply one of the most important roles on the Network.  

Here’s what you can expect throughout your application and how to prepare for your Signalling recruitment journey: 

  • Application completed online  you’ll need an up to date CV and 10-20 minutes in a safe, quiet space where you’re comfortable answering some questions about your interest and understanding of the signaller role. 

  • Virtual assessment – your well-being and the health and safety of our workforce is our top priority; we are following guidance from Public Health England and are taking extra precautions to reduce risk. This means all interviews and assessments will be virtual. You’ll take part in an online assessment which will include a video interview and psychometric testing to explore your skills and experience.

  • Offer – you’ll receive a call from our careers team to discuss further details including salary, benefits and your medical assessment.  

  • Pre-employment screening – you’ll need to provide some documents to prove your identity and your legal right to work in the UK. 

  • Medical assessment – you’ll take part in a medical assessment before starting in this position. This will include a hearing and eye sight examination. 

  • Induction – you’ll receive more information about your residential signaller training. 

Everyone matters is our diversity strategy. By 2024 we will be an even more open, diverse and inclusive organisation that is better at reflecting the communities that we serve. By putting our passengers first, our strategy will help us to provide a more accessible and more inclusive experience for you. 


We’re happy to help you with any queries you may have regarding the recruitment and selection process and to listen to any reasonable adjustments you require to make you feel more comfortable. To contact us please email: support@networkrail.zendesk.com. 

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

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