VACANCY: Management Accountant

SALARY: Circa 25K plus study & benefits


Grand Central is an open-access train operator linking the North East and West Yorkshire with London. We are part of Arriva which has a diverse portfolio of train and bus operating companies in the UK and Europe.

Grand Central runs 18 trains per day and is one of the UK’s leading train operators per the industry-wide National Rail Passenger Survey and recently topping Which Magazine’s customer survey with a satisfaction rating of 76%, the highest score achieved by a train company in the last four years.

Due to high levels of growth and business change an opportunity has arisen for a Management Accountant to become part of our finance team in York.

Reporting to the Financial Controller, you will look after numerous finance administration tasks including the coordination of payroll and being the business liaison to the outsourced purchase ledger supplier. In addition to this you will take on a wide range of management accounting tasks such as preparing the period end accounts, producing reports and managing all KPIs. You will also have the opportunity to support the development of business cases and represent the company on divisional projects. The role is a genuine mixture of all aspects of management accounting and requires a willingness to take on a range of responsibilities.

You will be a part-qualified CIMA accountant with advanced Excel skills. Experience with Oracle Financials is an advantage but some frontline experience in the finance department of an operating company is essential.

Strong communication skills and the ability to work independently to tightly defined deadlines with minimum support is a must. You will be capable of balancing a diverse workload and flexible to react to the business needs.

The interview process will involve competency based assessments of your Excel skills, understanding of the primary financial statements, business case evaluation and written communication skills.

The role offers a competitive salary, study package and holiday entitlement, along with other benefits including optional health insurance; a defined contribution pension; and free travel on Grand Central and other Arriva UK rail services.

The role will involve occasional travel within the UK.

Interested applicants should complete an application form and send a covering letter and CV by email only to The application form and full job specification are available by contacting HR on the same email.

Closing date:  14 February 2016 (subject to deferral only)

Interviews may be in groups, will include competency based assessments and may last several hours in total. These will be held in our York office on Monday 22nd February 2016.

VACANCY: Yield Analysis Placement

SALARY: approx. £15,000


Grand Central is an established train company operating under an open-access license. We carry passengers from London Kings Cross to York and the North East as well as to Doncaster and West Yorkshire.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven placement student to work in our Commercial Team in Birmingham as a Yield Analyst. The successful candidate will report to the Revenue Manager and will also work closely alongside the marketing and sales teams as well as others from the wider business.

As a Yield Analyst, you will be working within the revenue team to create, maintain and improve the yield management policies which are implemented on Grand Central train services. You will support decision making to identify revenue opportunities in response to seasonal trends and special events taking place on our routes. You will be responsible for business-wide reports which highlight the performance of our train services and you will manage demand through various management systems, with the aim of maximising ticket revenue whilst reducing the risk of overcrowded trains.


  • Working towards a degree in an analytical or commercial discipline (maths, engineering, economics, business, finance)
  • Skills in analysis, planning, implementation  and review
  • Be competent in MS Office, particularly Microsoft Excel

Start date for the role is July 2016.

To apply, please send your C.V. alongside a covering letter to:  detailing why you wish to work for Grand Central in this role and what makes you the ideal candidate.

Closing date:  19 February 2016


VACANCY: Customer Service Assistant Bradford

SALARY: £19,452


We have a vacancy at our Traincrew Depot in Bradford for a Customer Service Assistant.

This role is an integral part of our on board team and important to our customers overall journey experience.

Key activities of the role 

  • Meet and greet customers
  • Assist with luggage, tickets, connections and general enquiries
  • Assist the Senior Conductor
  • Customer Safety
  • On board catering

You will need to be friendly, outgoing and confident.  You should be aged 18 or over with experience in a customer service role.  The work includes a variety of shifts.

The role offers 33 days paid annual leave, membership of the Arriva Trains UK Pension Scheme (operated by Standard Life), and a death in service benefit. You will also receive free rail travel on Grand Central services and concessionary free travel on train services operated by companies within the Arriva Trains UK group.

We also offer other optional company benefits including Health Care, Health Insurance and Childcare Vouchers.

Important Information

Grand Central is an equal opportunities employer and wishes to employ the most suitable candidates for the work to be undertaken. 

  • Full training will be provided to successful applicants.
  • Roles are based on a 35 hour working week over 7 days, averaged out over the roster cycle period.

All offers of employment are subject to: 

  • Satisfactory references
  • Passing a company medical examination covering eye sight and screening for Drugs and Alcohol.
  • Demonstrating eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with current legislation.

If you would like to take your career in a new and challenging direction please complete one of our application forms and email to Recruitment at or print and post to Grand Central Railway Company Limited Recruitment, 3rd Floor, Northern House, 9 Rougier Street, York. Y01 6HZ

Selected candidates will be invited to interview on 9 / 10 March 2016

Closing date – 21 February 2016

If you would like to submit an application speculatively, please complete the below form and e-mail to No agencies or CVs please.