OHLE Supervisor

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  • Location

    Croydon, Surrey

  • Sector:

    Rail Jobs and Transportation

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  • Salary:

    Up to £0.00 per annum

  • Contact:

    Daniel Buxton

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  • Published:

    9 months ago

  • Duration:

    5 months

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Maintenance of the Overhead line equipment

Job will require working nights and on site

Job will require use of a computer

OHLE Supervisor

Job Purpose

London Tramlink is the business unit within London Rail responsible for procuring the safe and efficient operation of London's tramways, as well as the strategic development of improvements to the tramway network and the delivery of new tramway projects.

Tramlink currently operates a 28km light rail network serving Croydon, a major population centre in the south of Greater London, and the surrounding areas. Tramlink has an asset base of circa £200m, and annual ridership of some 27m and annual revenue of in excess of £20m.

The OHLE Supervisor is responsible for ensuring that the Overhead Line Electrification infrastructure and associated equipment is maintained within established tolerance levels through the systematic inspection and maintenance (planned and preventative) of the assets, documentation of inspections, recommending and implementing corrective action and management of the OHLE Technicians.

Key Accountabilities

  • Undertake key duties To include: inspection, maintenance, fault finding on all OHLE equipment. Act as a Tramway Worksite Supervisor (TWS), Possession Supervisor (TPS), Lookout/ Watch person and Authorised Person (AP).
  • Make sure that applicable London Trams IMS technical standards, are being implemented through their briefing and dissemination to the team. Where necessary advise the OHLE Manager of inaccuracies or deficiencies that may become apparent through their implementation.
  • Provide support to the OHLE Engineer either directly or through the team to enable their delivery of technical work such as surveys, asset condition monitoring and fault finding investigations.
  • Supervise external resource as required where provided to supplement the team during times of shortage or where work and upgrade activities require additional people.
  • Provide periodic reporting of activities as required for escalation information.
  • Provide training, mentoring and competence assessment of the team and other operatives where applicable to enable them to fulfill their roles in a safe efficient and compliant manner.
  • Participate in 1st line on call duties as specified.
  • Provide the knowledge of the London Trams OHLE system required for a training programme and competence management system to be prepared for the training of OHLE Technicians.
  • Retain clear records to demonstrate competence and where gaps exist devise suitable plans to continue activities whilst implementing a recovery plan.
  • Organise resource in co-operation with the OHLE Manager to provide for all the scheduled planned and preventative inspection and maintenance activities as well as responding to work arising and defect resolution within specified timescales via the use of planning meetings, asset management system and using the annual OHLE plan.
  • Work with the Ellipse Asset management System to receive work orders, generate completed work returns, record resource (people, materials and equipment) levels and utilization.
  • Oversee and authorise OHLE related inspections, maintenance, upgrade works and provide a shift report to the OHLE Manager. Operate relevant mechanical plant and equipment as required.


  • Knowledge of the ROGS regulations and their application to the tramway
  • Knowledge of the principles of tramway / railway safety.
  • Knowledge of the principals of safe working and the HASAWA;
  • Knowledge of electrical regulations and their application to the tramway;
  • Knowledge of Working at Height, and MEWP regulations and best practice;
  • Knowledge of the requirements for the management of Safety Critical works and personnel;
  • Knowledge of the principles of tramway / railway safety.


  • A self starter capable of working on their own initiative.
  • An adaptable and flexible approach to work, capable of adjusting priorities to respond to daily challenges and opportunities.
  • Able to manage team and work to tight timescales.
  • Able to explain requirements concisely and influence others to cooperate with the requirements for the business.
  • Ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to develop effective relationships.
  • Ability to produce technical and non technical reports.


Demonstrable experience in a similar role to include:

  • Specification of works, upgrades and renewals.
  • Experienced in the maintenance of records and maintenance of an audit trail.
  • Use of Microsoft Office standard packages.
  • Licensed to work on High Voltage electrical systems;
  • Use of electronic asset management and collaborative working systems is desirable.
  • OLEC 1,2 and 3