Job Opportunity

Technical & Innovation Manager

Deadline: 27 May 2022

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is seeking a colleague to join the Technical and Innovation team based at its office in Westminster.  The role will involve delivering our innovation and technical programme, and thought leadership, across the railway industry.

Who are we?

Our small team at RIA works closely with influencers and decision makers in the rail industry, to represent our 300+ member companies in the UK rail supply chain. 
We deliver a full programme of events and information to support our members and help to grow the sector, which is vital to the UK economy. Our work involves regular face to face contact with members and stakeholders at our offices in Westminster and elsewhere.

RIA has been a leader in promoting innovation across the rail industry.  We run two flagship activities: the Annual RIA Innovation Conference; and four to six Unlocking Innovation (UI) events per year. Due to increased sponsorship our team is growing, and we are seeking to increase the impact of these and related RIA events.  This role will involve working with the RIA team and our sponsors, to creatively promote our programme and rail industry innovation generally. The objective is to improve the perception of rail as an innovative industry but more importantly play a role in creating the conditions which will get more innovations into commercial service. 
The wider technical work of RIA encompasses all the technologies employed on railways, including rolling stock, track and structures, electrification systems, signalling/communications systems and IT-based support systems. Key underpinning themes such as innovation, sustainability, standards and environmental management are also central to our work. 

The role
This role will involve working at the heart of this dynamic, complex and growing industry, influencing its future direction. You will play a key part in designing and delivering all aspects of our award-winning innovation and technical programme, and will work with our PR & Comms team to maximise impact and raise the profile of innovation in rail.
You will represent RIA and advocate for the railway industry at various forums, including cross-industry technical meetings, and help develop and contribute to RIA’s Challenge Programme, including decarbonisation (including sustainability and electrification), digitalisation and data.

You will have relevant rail related engineering or other transferable experience, and a passion for engineering and innovation. You will be able to develop an appreciation of the key issues facing the rail supply sector and will be capable of working effectively with senior people across the railway industry, being a strong ambassador for RIA, the innovation programme, and the rail supply chain generally.

Key responsibilities

  • Leading the design, development and delivery of Unlocking Innovation events, working with colleagues to ensure progress and delivery to plans
  • Helping to plan and deliver other major technical and innovation activities RIA provides including the Annual Innovation Conference and Technical Interest Groups
  • Responding promptly and effectively to members’ requests for information and guidance on relevant technology-related matters e.g. interoperability, client technical policies, emerging standards and legislation
  • Engaging with the UK Rail Research & Innovation Network (UKRRIN) - a £90m collaboration between rail suppliers and universities, of which RIA is a founder member
  • Participating in joint improvement initiatives that offer benefits to both suppliers and their clients, e.g. innovation initiatives, better supplier accreditation and product acceptance processes
  • Supporting member involvement in key technical activities likely to affect the commercial future of companies and the industry e.g. development of standards, making of legislation and associated guidance; national and international research
  • Working with T&I colleagues to help: prepare and agree agendas; secure speakers; and, when required, lead facilitation of RIA’s Technical Interest Groups (rolling stock, infrastructure, electrification, signalling and communications, information management, safety, sustainability & standards, vehicle-track interaction)
  • Representing suppliers at cross-industry meetings relating to standards, sustainability, safety, interoperability, innovation, technical strategy, etc., where delegated to do so by the Technical Director
  • Working with the T&I team colleagues to develop a forward strategic vision and programme for RIA Technical and Innovation activity
  • Working with the wider RIA team to imaginatively promote RIA T&I activity. 

To be successful in this position you will be/have:

  • An Engineer, or have significant relevant experience; membership of a relevant professional institution would be desirable
  • Sufficiently broad experience of railway engineering disciplines to command the support and respect of engineers in RIA’s member companies and other stakeholders, or with transferable experience of successful innovation in another sector and a proven ability to learn quickly
  • An appreciation of the key issues facing the rail supply chain particularly in relation to innovation enablers or relevant experience from another sector
  • Able to work effectively and collaboratively in a small team
  • Strong interpersonal skills and written communication skills
  • Capable of working effectively with people in other rail industry organisations and companies
  • Comfortable hosting meetings/events and presenting to technical and non-technical audiences 
Additionally, you will be expected to have, or demonstrate an aptitude to develop, an understanding of the existing innovation landscape and mechanisms to support innovation and a wide network, which can be used to explore opportunities and connect parties together. 

Whilst there is some limited working from home available, this role is based primarily in central London (Westminster). The nature of the role means that at least 70% of your time will be spent in the office or at external meetings and events, so you should feel comfortable travelling to London and around the UK, and working in a vibrant and friendly office environment. Competitive London salary and package based on candidate’s experience. 

We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, and marriage and civil partnership.

If you are interested in applying, please contact Ann Marie Stephenson, with your CV and a covering letter at  In your covering letter, you should clearly explain why you are a good fit for the role.

The closing date for applications is 27 May 2022.

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