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Fitter/Machinist

We are looking for somebody who is both enthusiastic and skilled in heavy engineering with a desire to work within the Heritage Railway industry.

The work will include low production volumes and the one off manufacture and fitting of components applicable to maintaining and rebuilding steam locomotive chassis and associated pipe work at Bridgnrth. 

The Fitter Machinist will carry out a range of fitting and machining work in the engineering workshops and on site as necessary.

The ideal candidate will have a range of skills, including fitting in a heavy engineering area and experience of operating general machines including turning; milling; boring; drilling etc. all on conventional machine centres, along with general bench work and fitting skills.

Key responsibilities: 
  • Undertake a range of fitting work; diagnostics, disassembly and assembly of plant and equipment, replacement of parts, modifications and the manufacture of new components as necessary.
  • Refurbishment of plant and equipment applicable to locomotives.
  • Carry out hot work including the use of welding and cutting equipment.
  • Complete work to the highest quality, within planned timelines, producing components to the required standard of accuracy.
  • Return plant to serviceable condition in line with service/customer demands. 
Professional experience and/or qualifications:
  • Apprentice trained or qualified in engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Good Fitting experience in an Engineering environment
  • Refurbishment of plant and equipment such as pumps, gearboxes, valves, feeders, louvres, grabs, pulleys, crushers, mills and other mechanical equipment. 
  • Experience of Welding and cutting equipment.
  • Competently operate a range of traditional machine tools found in the workshop including manual lathes and milling machines. 
  • Experience in re-build / overhaul in a heavy engineering field.         
  • Working to a high maintenance and overhaul standard.
  • Knowledge of locomotives desirable, but not essential.
Hours: 39 hours per week, 5 days out of 7, between 08.00-16.45 (15.45 on a Friday)

Duration: Permanent position

Applications by:Covering letter & CV
Salary:Competitive salary, pension and rail travel benefit scheme is available
Closing date:24 February 2017

Please apply to:

Neil Taylor
Severn Valley Railway Engineering Services,
Hollybush Road
Bridgnorth
Shropshire
WV16 5DT

Telephone:01562 757900
Email:recruitment@svrlive.com

Boilersmith

We are looking for somebody who is both enthusiastic and skilled in heavy engineering with a desire to work within the Heritage Railway industry.

The work will include low production volumes and the one off manufacture and fitting of components applicable to maintaining and rebuilding steam locomotive boilers at Bridgnorth.

The main duties of this post are associated with the repair and maintenance of steam locomotive boilers. The Works Manager and/or Boilersmith Team leader, with the team, will assess the work required, identify materials needed and create a plan for the repair, leading to overhaul and reassembly of the boiler. The Boilersmith will then strip down, repair and return the boiler to service on the steam locomotive.

Key responsibilities: 

  • Refurbishment of boilers.
  • Carry out hot work including the use of Welding and cutting equipment.
  • Carry out any additional plating repairs and renewals.
  • Complete work to the highest quality, within planned timelines, producing components to the required standard of accuracy.
  • Return boilers to serviceable condition in line with service/customer demands.

Professional experience and/or qualifications: 

  • Apprentice trained or qualified in engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Good Fitting experience in a heavy engineering environment.
  • Experience of forming metal and Oxy Acetylene cutting and welding (MMA, MIG & TIG).
  • Experience in operation of machine tooling, principally drilling, reaming and tapping.
  • Competently operate a range of traditional machine tools found in the workshop.  
  • Experience in re-build / overhaul in a heavy engineering field.                   
  • Working to a high maintenance and overhaul standard.
  • Knowledge of locomotives desirable but not essential.

Hours: 39 hours per week, 5 days out of 7, between 08.00-16.45 (15.45 on a Friday)

Duration: Permanent position

Applications by:Covering letter & CV
Salary:Competitive salary, pension and rail travel benefit scheme is available
Closing date:24 February 2017

Please apply to:

Neil Taylor
Severn Valley Railway Engineering Services,
Hollybush Road
Bridgnorth
Shropshire
WV16 5DT

Telephone:01562 757900
Email:recruitment@svrlive.com

Accountant & Company Secretary

Based at Kidderminster and reporting to the General Manager, the Accountant is a key position in the senior management team and plays an important role in the handling of management accounts, budgeting, forecasting and business planning. The role is also Company Secretary and necessitates a close working relationship with members of the SVR Holdings Company Board who play an active role in the governance of the railway.  

The work is very varied and requires a pragmatic individual able to think outside the box and add value.  There is a small reporting team looking after all aspects of the finance function including payroll, but inevitably, this role is very hands-on.  

We seek a qualified accountant who is highly motivated and commercially focused with proven track record in financial and management accounting, supported by excellent communication and IT skills. 

The successful candidate will participate in effective business decision-making by providing sound relevant advice and guidance on all the commercial aspects of a profitable heritage railway.   

A competitive salary will be offered to the right candidate who we hope will be passionate and keen to influence the organisation in a positive way, respecting our heritage whilst recognising the commercial opportunities within it.

Duties and responsibilities

  • Managing and delivering the annual Budget for the Railway
  • Producing management information for the Board and managers
  • Providing financial input into commercial plans and decision making
  • Attending Board meetings to present and explain monthly management informationParticipating and providing financial input into relevant committees
  • Leadership of the finance team
  • Managing the Finance Team Leader in general ledger, purchase ledger, sales ledger and payroll Developing the Pegasus Opera Accounting System and other accounting processes.
  • Developing the use and functionality of the EPOS systemPerform Company Secretary tasks, filing documents and organising Annual General Meetings
  • Dealing with shareholder correspondence and liaison with Company Registrars
  • Any other duties as required
Key Accountabilities
  • Establish robust financial planning, monitoring and reporting to deliver on all significant SVR projects on time and to budget
  • Prepare of Annual Report and Financial StatementsTimely, accurate financial reporting, reviewing and forecasting
  • Provide Company Secretary services to SVR (Holdings) PLC
  • Drive system and process improvements resulting in improved management information and cost savings
  • Supervise the Finance Team Leader in preparation of monthly management information, year end returns, preparation and filing of monthly VAT returns, payroll services
  • Develop capacity and capability of the Finance Team Leader, and through that post, the reporting Finance team
  • Develop and sustain positive relationships with Auditors, Bankers and Legal Advisors
Please apply in writing enclosing a detailed CV and giving an indication of current or expected remuneration package.

 

Applications by:Covering letter & CV
Salary:Competitive salary, pension and rail travel benefit scheme is available
Closing date:06 March 2017

Please apply to:

Miss Jane Preece
Severn Valley Railway
No. 1 Comberton Place
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY10 1QR

Telephone:01562 757900
Email:recruitment@svrlive.com

Carriage & Wagon Mechanical - Chargehand

This vacancy for a full time, permanent position has arisen in the Engineering Services Carriage and Wagon Mechanical Department following the current postholder’s decision to retire later this year.  

We are looking for someone who is both enthusiastic and keen to become part of the team responsible for the mechanical maintenance and overhaul of our railway carriage fleet. You will lead part of that team of paid staff, volunteers and apprentices, reporting directly to the Carriage & Wagon Mechanical Supervisor.  

You will have a full range of skills and knowledge regarding bench fitting and machining, including turning, milling and drilling, electric and gas welding together with basic computer skills such as Word and Excel. 

It would be an advantage if you had experience of mechanical repairs relating to heritage railway coaching stock fitted with vacuum and air brakes.  

The position is 40 Hours per week, worked 5 days out of 7, between 08:00 -17:00 at the Carriage Works and Carriage Shed at Kidderminster.

Applications by:Covering letter & CV
Salary:Competitive salary, pension and rail travel benefit scheme is available
Closing date:28 February 2017

Please apply to:

Miss Jane Preece
Severn Valley Railway
No. 1 Comberton Place
Kidderminster
Worcestershire
DY10 1QR

Telephone:01562 757900
Email:recruitment@svrlive.com

Help us to run the Severn Valley Railway

We are always in need of more help, from operating the service including on-train personnel, station and maintenance staff through to support activities such as marketing, telephone answering, assisting in shops and gardening.

You must be a member and be prepared to spare us some of your time, whether it be for just a few days each year or on a more regular basis. Full training will be given where required.

Vacancies exist now.

Retired, or just want a new leisure interest? Give our Volunteer Liaison Office call now. You won't regret it!

Applications by:Personal contact
Salary:This is a volunteer opportunity
Closing date:31 December 2017

Please apply to:

Barry Moreton
Severn Valley Railway
The Railway Station
Bewdley
Worcestershire
DY12 1DP

Telephone:01299 401776
Email:vlo@svrlive.com
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