As a Guard, you will be a key member of staff whose role in the customer’s journey is of prime importance. You will be expected to provide a high level of information, as well as a feeling of safety, security and well-being and protecting the overall train environment.
Your duties fall into two main categories - customer service and operational. It is an environment in which you will sometimes be working under pressure, when demands on you will be coming “thick and fast”. As you would expect, it is particularly important to promote the maximum customer goodwill with high standards of courtesy and service.
You will be responsible for the safety of passengers on your train, working in accordance with rules, regulations and instructions currently in force, and make sure that as far as is possible the trains run to time, and any unavoidable delay is prevented.
- Make sure that as far as is possible the trains run to time and any unavoidable delay is prevented, with particular attention to the safe and punctual dispatch of trains at stations.
- Monitor customers getting on and off your train, helping as appropriate those with special needs, e.g. the elderly, disabled and those with children or heavy luggage.
- Answer enquires as necessary and make quality public announcements using your On Train Manual, or other information provided, according to the needs of the journey. Operate electronic information systems when these are provided.
- Supervise seat reservations, labelling seats and vehicles, where necessary, and resolve reservation problems.
- Regularly patrol your train to ensure passenger comfort and security is maintained by taking the initiative in dealing with overcrowding, unauthorised First Class travel, instances of feet on seats, smoking, noisy personal stereos and suspect packages.
- Provide all possible assistance to customers when trains are delayed, arranging for urgent messages from customers to be forwarded, where practicable.
- Carry out “train customer counts” as required.
- Ensure validity of all Rules, Notices and Retail circulars and publications, which may affect your working environment or product knowledge.
- Check equipment, cleanliness and general environment of trains and take action by correcting or reporting any faults promptly through the appropriate channels.
- Ensure performance records are maintained.
- Wear company uniform and safety clothing, including name badge.
- Take reasonable care of your own health and safety and that of any person who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work;
- Carry out any work in accordance with any training, instruction, or company procedure that is relevant to your position;
- Inform your manager of any health and safety problems identified by yourself or identified to you by your staff or any other person;
- Use any safety equipment provided by South West Trains in a proper and appropriate manner
- Make sure you are familiar with, understand and discharge to the best of your ability the specific safety responsibilities associated with your post and any other safety responsibilities allocated to you, from time to time and in writing, by your manager.
- Comply with the Rules as defined in Network Rail Group Standard, South West Trains Employee Handbook, other Regulations and Instructions, Group Standards and Legislation, undertaking bi-annual re-examination of competency.
- Ensure the safety of passengers on your train.
- Give the driver any necessary instructions to do with the safe working of trains.
- Communicate effectively with and helping staff and customers in the interests of safety and customer service.
- Avoid conflict with customers in accordance with instructions and training.
- Carry out emergency procedures when required.
- Report any irregularities, faults or unusual occurrences in the prescribed manner, maintaining a written record.
- Participate in staff briefings to ensure you are informed of all relevant information.
- Examine all notices, publications and instructions and making sure that any relevant information is passes on and briefed to staff under your control.
- Additional tasks as specified by Local Manager.
- Principle accountabilities may differ from Depot to Depot and you will be required to sign a formal job description.
18,658.00 per annum rising to £27,917.00 per annum after qualifying plus £1,998.00 per annum Inner London Allowance.
Average of 42 hours per week working a mixture of early and late shifts across 7 days.
Our trains run every day of the year with the exception of Christmas Day and Boxing Day at present, with shifts reflecting this.
- Applicants must reach the required health and fitness standards as this position is classified as safety critical.
- Applicants must be over 18 years of age.
- Applicants requiring a visa, must have at least 6 months remaining at the start of employment.
- Applicants travelling time to the stations location must not exceed 45 minutes.
- Own transport is required due to the early start and late finish times.