Flying the flag for women in rail

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by Jessica Tabinor on


  • We chat to Anna Wooden who is flying the flag for women in rail working within Morson's rail division.

  • Find out more about her flourishing career and how she says that working within a male-dominated industry only makes her even more determined to prove that women are equal to men when out on track.

We’ve proudly been flying the flag for women in rail for numerous years as we deploy a number of initiatives and programmes to create equality within the industry, not just in terms of gender, but across all under-represented groups to establish true diversity and inclusivity. 

Anna Wooden is one of a number of hugely talented females working within our rail divisions. Her journey began on a 16-week training programme, with Anna’s keen eye for detail, work ethic and intuitive nature seeing her stand out. 

Working in an industry that’s male-dominated doesn’t faze Anna, and as the only female within her gang, she says this only makes her even more determined to prove that women are equal to men when out on track... 

“When I started out, I was especially determined to prove my capability. I was the only female in my training group and I wondered how many females actually worked on the railway, but I knew I was as good as anyone. I proved that I could do the job from day one and now no-one second guesses me." 

“I had never expected to work on the track – or even in this industry. It is tough and there’s no denying that the job is hard, but if you keep pushing at it, it will become easier. There is still some change to be done in rail but I do see the industry is on the cusp of transformation." 

“I would encourage more women to consider working in jobs like mine – I enjoy it and work good hours. Sometimes fear holds people back, both men and women. I really do think that some people within the industry, outside of Morson, still have a fear that a woman could come on track and do a better job than them.” 

Turning her hand to anything that comes her way, Anna was recently awarded a ‘Made a Difference’ accolade after successfully presenting to our biggest clients’ 150-strong track delivery unit. morson job search

Anna’s line manager and operations manager, Chris Humphreys, added:

“Anna’s ambition will lead her to one day becoming a Supervisor, something that will be a real milestone in both of our careers, as I’m yet in my 15 years in the industry to meet a female that leads track maintenance and track renewal gangs."

“She’s a shining light in our industry and is breaking down barriers and changing the dynamics of females on track to hopefully inspire and encourage more women to seek a career in rail, because, without stars like Anna, the industry really is missing out. She’s well respected among her peers and I’m keen to see what bright future Anna will carve out within the sector.”

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HR Administrator

A new opportunity is now available for a HR Administrator to join a large Aerospace and Defence company; BAE Systems Job Description The HR Administrator role is an integral part of the Service Delivery team and wider People Services team and will provide a comprehensive administrative service by planning and managing the workload enabling the delivery of agreed commitments to a high quality and to agreed times. This role is suited for an experienced Administrator with a good understanding of the general operation of the HR function. The role holder will display strong organizational and data analytical skills with a desire to continually improve policies and standards. The role holder will implement appropriate innovative administration solutions in relation to employee change processes and procedures, applying the relevant HR policies and procedures as appropriate. This role will work within a specialist Service Delivery Administration Hub providing a high level and professional service to the wider business. Responsibilities * Review and raise the majority of employee changes, both organisational and remuneration, in the HR system, support line managers in their understanding of the impact of change on downstream systems, make recommendations or give solutions; * Bring all changes to completion by monitoring the approval work flow, ensuring no delays are encountered, resolving queries internal and external to the business, eg Shared Services (Business Operational Services) * Disseminate complex data sets ensuring relevant information is available; * Identify and work with the HR team to resolve various HR related issues; * Liaise with other business areas and functions to develop, implement and maintain a common format for data collation, mapping and reporting; * Undertake continuous development of business systems and the data management processes; * Assist the Service Delivery Team in the progression and moderation of recruitment operating policies, guidelines, and systems to encourage best practice within the company; * Carry out HR governance activities related to Service Delivery team requirements; * Provide data analysis support to Service Delivery team; * General administrative duties as required to support the Service Delivery team and wider People Services team: Experience - Proven track record in Administration role - Ideally experience of working within an HR department, or interested in pursuing a career in HR - Basic understanding of financial processes and procedures - Extensive Microsoft Office knowledge required - Experience of producing data for analysis - Excellent data entry skills and manipulation of data skills - Prioritisation of workload, when managing multiple tasks - Well-developed business administration capability Morson is acting as an employment business in relation to this vacancy. Human Resources; HRBP; CIPD; HR Generalist; ER; Employment Relations; Employee Relations; Employer Relations; Resource Planning; Trade Unions; Stakeholder management; People development; Talent Management; Succession Planning; HR Policies; Change Management; Mediation; HR Advisor; HR Specialist; Employment Law; People Management; Learning and Development; Administration; filing; e-filing; GDPR; secretarial; data entry; data input; Excel; Word; Outlook; Access; MS Office; booking system; business support; database management; diary management; minute taking; document control

Principal Support Engineer (RN Submarines)

Principal Engineer - Support Engineering (Technical Support & Authoritative Advice)Barrow, Cumbria - 12 month duration - Pay rate £44 p/h Ltd or Umbrella Company or £39.22 PAYE including holiday pay The TS&AA Principal Engineer will deliver a proactive and agile technical response service to the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA), Royal Navy (RN) and other Submarine Enterprise partners to assist the delivery of operationally available submarines. Core DutiesProvide specialist knowledge in responding to engineering queries raised by the MOD customer or Submarine Enterprise partners relating to the design, safety, maintenance and operation of the equipment and systems installed in, in service Submarine platforms.Provide Authoritative Advice, in accordance with the extant governance processes, for Astute-Class equipment in response to engineering queries raised by the MOD Design Authority.Provide extant design information in the form of technical publications and drawings from sources where MOD or Enterprise Partners do not have access.Liaise with MOD to raise Task Approval Forms (TAFs) for tasking not covered under core contracts.Provide support to the MOD customer for the management of Operational Defects (OPDEFs) raised by Submarine platforms.Provide support to the MOD customer during Astute Class submarine Incidents, liaising with the Barrow shipyard, furnishing specialist advice as required.Provide support to the MOD during non-office hours in response to urgent OPDEFs.Provide support across the In-Service Engineering functional areas, including Safety, Design Change, Training and Learning from Experience (LfE).Provide support to the appropriate Engineering and Support Managers in the preparation of briefs and reports for both internal and external reporting requirements. ResponsibilitiesProvision of Astute Class Platform / Combat System technical information from previously published sources.Support to the provision of Astute Class Platform / Combat System Authoritative Advice, in accordance with the extant governance process.Provision of Platform / Combat System technical information for legacy Class submarines from previously published sources where still available.Provision of real-time support to In Service Submarines (ISM) / Combat Systems Group (CSG) customer for OPDEFs.Provision of real-time support to ISM for submarine Incidents.Identification of issues for inclusion in the Continuous Improvement process.Management of Query Management systems.Provision of reports to support both Internal and External reporting requirements.Evidence to support the Performance Reporting process. The IndividualKnowledge of Royal Navy submarine operating profiles.Knowledge of MOD Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) and Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) processes.Knowledge of the complete engineering lifecycle with some experience of operating in a number of phases.Have a strong awareness of Product Safety & Environmental policies and SHE.Good communication skills and be able to interact with the MOD, RN and other Enterprise stakeholders. Additional Please note, due to the sensitive nature of the tasks involved all candidates must be capable of gaining a live UK MOD Security Clearance to SC level.

Product Assurance Manager

A Product Assurance Manager with electronics experience and experience of customer interface and supply chain and design review cycle involvement within the aerospace/defence/space industry is required to be in charge of the Product and Quality Assurance activities for units, subsystems and systems designed and/or manufactured by our defence client in the UK or procured. Please note that this is a Product Assurance not a Supplier Quality/Quality role, candidates will need extensive PA experience within the aero/defence industry. The role will also involve supporting bid teams and coordinating Quality Engineering experts.The role involves but is not limited to the following:Management of Quality Assurance / Product Assurance ActivitiesPerforming and/or coordinating the Quality Assurance / Product Assurance activities for the client in the UK (Bristol and Harwell) and its suppliers/subcontractors (write/review Data packs, participate to/lead reviews, participate to inspections, manage NCRs,…);Perform Procurement Quality Assurance: activities (definition/cascading of Quality Requirements to subcontractors/ suppliers, review of Data packs, participate to/lead reviews, participate to inspections, manage NCRs,..)Management of Work Packages;Supporting bid teams by reviewing product and quality assurance requirements, creating or amending product assurance procedures in line with the bid requirements and preparing the estimates;Internal and external audit performance, including sub-contracts & suppliers;Interface with other internal Quality organizations. Quality Management SystemCustomer's satisfaction improvementQuality Management System implementation and reviewImprovement Plan definition and follow upQuality reporting including Veto right and duty of alertAlerts (following non-conformance) managementClaims managementCompany Quality dashboardsupport Company CertificationsLessons learnt implementationQualifications, Skills & Experience;The candidate has ideally more than 3 years of experience and a demonstrable positive performance record in the following activities;Management of quality or product assurance in a complex multifunctional manufacturing or engineering context;Experience in any of the areas on follows is desirable:Satellite/subsystem AITGSEElectronic unitsPayloadsA working knowledge of European Space Agency or UK MoD quality and product assurance expectationsCommunication and influencing skills to build productive relationships at all levels of the businessKnowledge of one or more of the following disciplines would be advantageous: RAMS, Radiations, EEE Parts Quality, Materials and ProcessesThe job holder would be expected to be educated to degree level in an Engineering or QA disciplineA professional qualification from an institution with relevance to Quality & product assurance is desirable.While specific knowledge of the French Language is not a prerequisite for this position it would be advantageous to facilitate activities across the Joint Venture organisation.BehavioursCan demonstrate a positive example in relation to the Leadership Model:Shape Solutions Out of ComplexityBe Ambitious and AccountablePerform Through Co-operationInfluence Key StakeholdersManage SelfEngage and Develop TeamsThe job requires a flexible and "can do" approach to perform effectively in a fast changing business growth environment.Initially the role will be based remotely from home but would normally be based in the Bristol office with some time in the Harwell office and will also require UK or International Travel.A driver's licence that is valid in the UK is a preferable requirement of this position.Recognising the RESTRICTED nature of the work, suitable candidates will be SC cleared or eligible for this level of clearance. SC must be in place before start date.Please do not apply if your experience does not match the job spec above but please visit our website to view other roles.Due to the volume of CVs received if you have not had a response within 48 hours please take it that your application will not be progressed.

Project Support Office Lead

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