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Regulatory Policy Analyst

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Recruiter: RSSB
Listed on: 3rd August
Location: London
Salary Notes: Competitive + Benefits
Type: Permanent
Start Date: ASAP

One of RSSB's functions is to develop railway standards on behalf of the railway industry in Great Britain. Standards are an agreed way of doing something, and so, they ensure interoperability, help manage risks, reduce costs (as the rail industry does not have to re-invent the wheel every time the same situation occurs) and so they also open markets.

The Standards Management, Policy and Strategy team at RSSB is a highly regarded team of experts who provide advice on standards strategy, policy and related regulations. You will be responsible for delivering advice, policies and tools to enable the standards team to effectively and efficiently deliver services to the rail industry, playing a key role in helping to deliver RSSB's mission for a better, safer railway.
  • Support the development of proposals and business cases to create or change national standards and evaluate whether they meet the criteria to be taken forward.
  • Support the review of adequacy and quality of the content of business cases, standards and other documents, following RSSB's style guide.
  • Present at cross-industry groups and committees to provide regulatory policy advice and help them understand the underlying case for standards changes.
  • Provide technical support, economic assessment and other expert input to the national research, development and innovation programme.
  • Engage with stakeholders from across the industry to make sure projects' outputs are high-quality, accepted by the industry and result in tangible benefits.
  • Support the delivery of RSSB's commercial programmes of work.
  • Support responses to technical enquires from external stakeholders in a timely manner.
  • Support the delivery of the Rail Standards Strategy and the RSSB's Business Plan commitments to time, quality and budget.
  • Maintain familiarity with best practice in decision analysis techniques, methodology and applications, particularly those in use in transport.
  • Develop an understanding of the regulatory framework that applies to the GB rail industry, including the framework for National Technical Specification Notices and the standards framework.
  • Advise RSSB members and other stakeholders on the role of national standards and regulatory framework that applies to the GB rail industry.


It is essential for the ideal candidate to have the following skills:

Analytical thinker - able to work with different kinds of information, see patterns and trends and draw meaningful conclusions.  Adopting a systematic and logical approach to identify the relevant points and evaluate the most appropriate options, then present it in a way that is tailored to your audience.

Drive for achievement - show eagerness and capacity to achieving goals and proactively seeking opportunities to broaden your skills and experience within the workplace. This includes the ability to quickly grasp unfamiliar technical and regulatory areas.

Communication - ability to communicate - orally and in writing - clearly, concisely, and with a keen attention to detail. This requires the aptitude to adapt your communication style to your target audience and adopting RSSB's brand style and other guidelines.

Ownership and accountability - aptitude to take ownership of tasks, accountability for the quality and timeliness of outcomes, and the initiative to be able to work on your own towards a solution.

Active listening - the willingness to learn from others and the initiative to do this.

Problem solving - you are able to see both the bigger picture and think critically to define a problem before finding suitable solutions.

Adaptability and resilience - you adapt to the situation; you are open to new ideas and challenges from others.  You can adapt to and positively view change within the workplace as well as manage and learn from tough situations and work under pressure.

Collaboration and teamwork - you are a team player with the ability to take on responsibility and where relevant manage and delegate to others. You can build positive working relationships with colleagues from other disciplines across the business that help everyone achieve goals and business objectives whilst appreciating others' motives and concerns. In addition, have a collaborative, consensus-building working style with the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with external stakeholders at all levels of the industry.

Personal effectiveness - you can prioritise, work efficiently and productively, and manage your own time, you can show how you make a call on what is important to focus on and get done and how you go about meeting deadlines.

In addition, you will:

  • Have a 2:2 bachelor's degree or equivalent.
  • Have experience writing and reviewing technical documents, demonstrating attention to detail.
  • Have knowledge of, and ability to use, Microsoft Office 365 applications.
  • Have a training and certification on developing business cases or willingness to start working towards this.

It is desirable to have:

  • Some experience of developing impact assessments or business cases.
  • Knowledge of the railway sector, although candidates from other sectors are also encouraged to apply.
  • Some experience of dealing with legislation and regulatory matters.
  • An understanding of the regulatory and standards framework that applies to the GB mainline railway.

Early applications are encouraged, as we may close this vacancy before the advertised deadline if sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Contact Name: RSSB
Reference: TJ/7368/1495
Job ID: 3125598

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