Business Solutions Manager
My main role is building and reviewing Train Driver links in cooperation with local ASLEF representatives in accordance with the Train Driver Handbook. This involves working closely with other Business Solutions Managers to ensure the links are maintained in line with business requirements. I have a strong focus on continuous improvement through diagram efficiencies and roster improvements as well as building and maintaining good working relationships across all sections of the business.
How long have you been with DB Cargo UK?
I was a TS5 (Operations Supervisor) at Millerhill in Scotland. My main duties were shunting, marshalling, train preparation and train dispatch. As well as the day to day coordination of yard activities working closely with the wagon team, locos and control. I also took part in Guard duties, RHTT and Conducting. In this role I gained so much experience and knowledge from the guys I worked with. I wouldn’t have started my railway career anywhere else.
What’s it like to work at DB Cargo UK?
In the 4 years I have been here I’ve seen a lot of change. I was lucky enough to use the restructuring of the business last year as an opportunity to make the next step in my career. I appreciate the opportunities that are available to the people who wish to take them. I have also been greatly impressed by DB Cargo UK’s use of the Apprenticeship Levi. Seeing how the business actively encourages employees to develop personally and professionally is very encouraging. So much so that I myself will be participating in a Level 5 apprenticeship in Operational and Departmental Management at the High Speed Rail College in September.
Would you recommend a career in rail and why?
I would definitely recommend a career in the rail industry. At the end of the day we are also going to have a rail network and wherever you start your rail journey there are opportunities to gain knowledge and experience that you can take with you your whole career. I think it’s quite an unknown industry but when you are in, you quickly see what career paths are available to you and work out what direction you might want to go in.