Deputy RQHSE Director in charge of safety – Keolis

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Job Description


Reporting to the RQHSE Director and working closely with all the operational directors, the Railway Safety Manager is responsible for railway safety regulation, including AAPP, safety certificate, safety procedures, records and reports.

He acts as the deputy RQHSE Director whenever it is required and so is part of the RKH Executive Committee.

Key responsibilities      

The duties to be performed by the Railway Safety Manager include but are not limited to the following:

  • Plan, implement and review activities to ensure safety of the employees, passengers and all other stakeholders
  • Manage compliance (identification of the different legal and other requirements
  • Manage risk assessment for their areas of authority (analysis and updating)
  • Manage actions plan (for compliance and improvement)
  • Report and interact with the customer, any representatives from local authorities and RKH Qitarat
  • Maintain procedures, records, share information, and monitor their implementation
  • Represent RKH in local safety standard developments or regulation evolutions with authorities.
  • Develop contacts and benchmarking with other similar companies
  • Ensure complete and proper investigations are carried out into incidents and serious near-misses
  • Manage internal audits for Railway Safety
  • Handle emergency situations with a quick response time
  • Implement and manage the Safety Management System (SMS) as per customer’s requirements
  • Manage the Safety Certification process and accreditation (for Metro and Tram Rail Management System)
  • Obtain the necessary safety certification and accreditation
  • Organise the necessary survey regarding any regulation updates and evolutions
  • Manage safety team by maintaining & developing internal skills and competencies
  • Lead his/her team, demonstrating clarity of vision, ambition, enthusiasm and a genuine commitment to commercial success. This will be characterised by open and honest dealings, a high degree of collaboration and a consistent effort to build and maintain positive relationships at every level
  • Actively promote diversity, equality and inclusion within the organisation, leading their team in a manner consistent with these principles
  • Demonstrate loyalty and integrity to the organisation, its suppliers, customers and colleagues
  • Ensure all members of the team receive the appropriate development to maximise their potential
  • Ensure that all performance data is captured, collated and reported as required
  • Ensure KPIs within their area of accountability are strictly monitored, reviewed and reported on, in line with contractual requirements and that any actions necessary to improve on performance are implemented and reviewed

Safety accountabilities

  • Promote a positive Safety culture within the workplace and attend any Safety related meetings/briefings as required within the Job role.
  • Comply with the requirements of the Company Safety Policy and Safety
    Management System.
  • In conjunction with the HSE&CSR Manager, ensure that all accidents and ‘near
    misses‘ are properly recorded, reported and investigated to determine the
    root causes
  • Submission of Hazard observations in accordance with Hazard observation reporting guidelines
  • Ensure that all potential risks that may come from performed activities are
    identified and mitigated and ensure that employees, contractors and visitors
    are aware of safety procedures and any relevant legislation.
  • Consider the safety of other persons who may be affected by their acts or
    Be mindful that Safety, Security and Environmental is everyone’s responsibility and as such ALL staff members are accountable for reporting and intervening in Safety, Security and Environmental violations


  • 10 – 15 years’ experience in safety management
  • Experience in managing a rail safety team
  • Experience in the rail transportation
  • Knowledge of specific standards, norms relating to QHSE perimeter, including but not limited to: ISO standards 9001, 14001, 45001, EN 50126, ISO 31000 (Risk management), EN 50128, EN 50129
  • Proven investigation skills with knowledge of best practice methodologies
  • Well-developed communication skills with proven ability to influence at senior management level
  • High degree of interpersonal skills with strong leadership experience
  • Ability to produce, read and interpret documents such as safety rules, procedures and guidelines

Educational and Professional Qualifications

  • A bachelor’s/Master’s degree
  • Professional safety accreditation preferred

Specific Requirements

  • Experience in the mobilization of resources/ Activities is a plus
  • Fluent in English – speaking, reading and writing
  • Arabic language skills an advantage