Job Opportunity

Technical and Innovation Executive

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) is seeking a colleague to join the Technical and Innovation team based at its office in Westminster. 

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. 

The role

This role is suitable for a detailed orientated, focused and engaging person who is happy to work in a busy team delivering the technical and innovation programme, including events, industry meetings, consultations and member communications. This role offers an opportunity to make the role your own by using your initiative and creativity.  There are opportunities to grow and develop into a manager’s position. 

Key responsibilities:  

  • Assisting in delivering the objectives of the Technical & Innovation function business plan  
  • Supporting in managing the sustainability engagement programme, including holding regular catch-up meetings, workshops with members, communications with stakeholders, and activity reports 
  • Supporting in managing industry committee representation and vacancies 
  • Supporting in managing industry stakeholder engagement one-off programmes, such as the Rail Project SPEED workshops
  • Supporting in delivering Technical and Innovation interest groups engagement programme
  • Responding to member requests and enquiries 
  • Supporting in the delivery of a weekly TechTalk newsletter
  • When necessary, assisting in delivering the RIA Innovation events, including Unlocking Innovation and RIA Innovation Conference
  • Creating and updating event booking websites, when needed
  • Monitoring and administrating event registrations, when needed 
  • Supporting in creating and sending out event communications, such as promotional, joining instructions, and follow up, when needed
  • Supporting other RIA flagship events, such as the Annual Dinner, Parliamentary Receptions and the Annual Conference
  • Representing RIA at other industry events.  
To be successful for this position you will be/have:
  • You don’t have to have previous experience, but some existing knowledge or experience of the railway industry would be very helpful
  • IT literate, such as MS Office, website maintenance, CRM systems
  • Strong IT aptitude and ability to learn new software
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Happy to take ownership of projects and follow up issues as they arise
  • Able to respond to problems and requests quickly and proactively
  • Able to multi-task
  • Good at prioritising and time management
  • Detail orientated
  • Personable, friendly, diplomatic, happy to engage with members and other stakeholders.
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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