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Head Of Programme And Projects

Irish RailCork€120,000 - €140,000 per yearFull-timePermanentTemporary

Head of Programme & Projects - Infrastructure Manager’s (IM) Department

Applications are invited from suitably qualified and experienced candidates to fill the above senior role of Head of Programme & Projects IM.

With major investment programmes in the maintenance, renewal and upgrading of our infrastructure, this is an exciting opportunity for Senior Engineers looking to progress a career in the railway industry to help in the safe and efficient provision of railway service across the country.

Iarnród Éireann’s ambitious investment programme under Project Ireland 2040 will place our rail network and service at the heart of a sustainable transport network for Ireland, to benefit our economy, environment, and society.

The Head of Programme & Projects IM, reporting to the Infrastructure Manager will be responsible for managing and co-ordinating the IM Projects Programme in accordance with organisational requirements and overall business goals. The successful candidate will become part of the Infrastructure Management team that will help in the delivery of key objectives for the department by undertaking and leading in major renewal and upgrade projects for our wide range of infrastructural assets including the €250 million Cork Line Rehabilitation Project and the €180 million Coastal Infrastructure Protection Programme.

A key aspect of this role will be the management of interfaces with our Capital Investment project teams to help deliver and support the Capital Investment Programme, the largest such programme in our history circa €2.5 billion, which includes the DART+ Programme and the National Traffic Control Centre (NTCC).


  • Hold a third level qualification in Civil Engineering, or equivalent
  • Have a proven track record in the development and delivery of railway projects with particular focus on multidisciplinary Permanent Way and Signalling Projects delivery, with a minimum of 15 years’ experience
  • Have a proven track record of building project specific delivery teams and organisation structures with a focus on delivery of railway infrastructure projects to time and budget
  • Strong leadership, negotiation, and interpersonal skills

Here at Iarnród Éireann - Irish Rail we are driven by values that provide safe, customer focused journeys every day. We are one dedicated team. We believe in our people. We are proud of our past and passionate about our future.

Assessment and a competency-based interview will form part of this selection process. Candidates may be shortlisted based on assessment, experience and/or application/CV. More information regarding job description and requirements can be found here.

For more information about the position available, please visit:

To apply, submit your CV to by 5pm on Friday 6th August, 2021.

Head of Programme & Projects Infrastructure Manager’s (IM) Department Recruitment - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to meet the minimum requirements set out for the role?

    Minimum requirements are provided.If you do not meet these requirements you must provide an equivalent level of relevant qualifications and experience to be considered.

  • How do I apply? – Do I send in my CV or fill in a form?

    Please refer to the vacancy applied for in the subject line of your email and send a copy of your CV to

  • What are the terms and conditions of the contract?

    Full-time & Fixed term, 36-hour contracts, 25 days annual leave

  • What happens if I am not offered a position?

    A panel of suitable candidates will be formed as part of the process for any further recruitment requirements within the Infrastructure Manager’s Department

  • What is the closing date for applications?

    Friday 6th August, 2021

  • What is the contract status of the job?

    Fixed duration with a potential option of permanency.

  • What is the salary / Grade for the role?

    Salary range is €120,000 - €140,000 /Ungraded Executive - please contact us for further details using the email address

  • When does the job start?

    Roles are immediately available subject to successful interview/assessment and medical

  • Where can I request a full job description for the role?

    Full job description for this role will be provided upon request, please e-mail

  • Where is the location of the job / where will I be working?

    Position is Dublin based
    (Relocation or non-resident package as applicable)

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