Rail Management Graduate

Nationally - Anywhere on the GTR and Southeastern rail networks
£25,000 plus placement relocation bonus
10 Oct 2018
10 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

On Go-Ahead’s two-year rail management graduate programme you won’t be spending much time behind a desk! It’s important for you to experience all parts of our business, so you’ll learn about different areas of operations management by being immersed in several different train station environments and working collaboratively with our crew.


  • A thorough understanding about how our rail businesses work
  • Understand the basics around operational safety and effectiveness
  • Learn and experience what it means to lead people effectively
  • The role is hands-on – we trust our employees so you’ll be given plenty of work to do, with real responsibility and not just shadowing others
  • You’ll be involved in a number of projects and be personally accountable for making sure they are completed
  • It’s also incredibly varied – you can expect shift-work, hands-on engineering activities and project coordination
  • It’s varied in terms of location, too – you could be based anywhere on our network from Kings Lynn to London to Poole and anywhere in between
  • You’ll be making big decisions that will immediately impact our customers, who are travelling on our network each day

About You

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree in any subject
  • Commitment to relocate up to three times during the two-year programme
  • A passion for the transport and rail industry
  • The unrestricted right to work in the UK on a permanent basis
  • This is a safety critical role. This means that a job offer will be conditional on a health assessment against defined criteria (e.g. vision, hearing, physical health) to ensure that you are fit to perform a task effectively and without risk to your own or others’ health and safety
  • A positive attitude and the ability to inspire confidence in and motivate others
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills - clear, concise and engaging
  • A customer focus, keen to deliver for Go-Ahead’s vast network of rail users
  • The ability to work with team members at all levels and deal with members of the public
  • Flexibility to relocate for three different placements (relocation bonus is provided)
  • Forward-thinking, innovative ideas to drive the business forward
  • Resilience and the ability to work in a high-pressure environment
  • Skills in problem-solving, analysis and dealing with complex data
  • Time management, methodical thinking, and an ability to prioritise and meet deadlines
  • A collaborative approach – keen to share knowledge and skills
  • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Determination to succeed and develop yourself personally and professionally


  • A full induction to the Group and host train operating companies
  • Membership to the Young Rail Professionals network: www.youngbusmanagers.org.uk and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport
  • Real responsibility – you’ll be managing teams, dealing with operational challenges and making significant decisions
  • Full support from mentors and specialists to develop your operations management and leadership skills
  • Opportunities to develop and excel – we spend £22million per year on training, so make the most of what is on offer
  • Career progression – a senior manager role within five to seven years
  • Free travel on Go-Ahead services

Realistically, we expect you to become an operations manager after the programme (e.g. station manager, train crew manager or similar), then progressing into a senior manager role within the next five to seven years. Before you know it, you could be managing large teams of people and be responsible for the safe travel for hundreds of thousands of passengers. Go-Ahead has ambitious plans to grow internationally, so the more flexible you can be in your career, the faster you will progress.

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