Planning and Diagramming Assistant Placement Student

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Come join our team in York City Centre! Our brand and culture is all about moving people, and a belief in better runs through everything we do.

Our Company

This is an exciting opportunity for yearlong placement, to be part of the rapid growth of a unique and distinctive train company. 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.

We run 18 trains per day and are one of the UK’s leading train operators, one of the country’s highest customer satisfaction scores in the National Rail Passenger Survey and Which? Magazine rail customer survey.

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven placement student to work in our Planning Team in York as a Planning and Diagramming Assistant. The successful candidate will report to the Head of Planning and will also work closely alongside the Performance team as well as others from the wider business.

As a Planning and Diagramming Assistant, you will be working within the Planning team, liaising with Network Rail on our timetable bids, working on short term and long term plans to create a rolling stock program to meet commercial specifications, develop train crew diagrams and transport arrangements. This role is a key part of creating a culture of continuous improvement at GC, identifying and implementing improvements to planning and diagramming processes and systems.


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

In return you will receive a salary of approx. £15,500 per annum and an amazing benefit of free first class travel on Grand Central routes, you will also receive a travel card giving you free standard class access to other Arriva train companies including Northern, Chiltern, Arriva Trains Wales, Cross Country and more!

Interviews to take place May and the start date for the role is July 2018

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