Train Driver Team Leader

Work Location:  Al Faya Depot
Date:  Feb 10, 2024

As a Train Driver Team Leader, you will assume a pivotal role in ensuring the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of trains on the Etihad Rail network. Your responsibilities encompass not only the expert operation of locomotives but also the leadership and supervision of a team of Train Drivers. You will play a key role in maintaining safety, optimizing performance, and fostering a culture of continuous improvement within the Train Operations department.


  • Lead and supervise a team of Train Drivers, ensuring their punctuality, reliability, and adherence to safety protocols.
  • Take charge of driving locomotives and overseeing the mechanical operation of trains, including train speed and handling.
  • Promote a culture of safety by maintaining a high profile in advocating safe working conditions and practices.
  • Ensure a safe working environment for all employees and contractors operating on the Etihad Rail infrastructure.
  • Oversee the safe, reliable, and punctual movement of trains, both in normal and degraded circumstances.
  • Provide input to Training team to deliver training plans to continuously enhance the skills and knowledge of new entrants to the Train Driver team.
  • Identify and address equipment faults and failures promptly, implementing corrective actions as needed.
  • Provide real-time updates and information on performance and safety-related matters to the Train Operations Supervisor.
  • Liaise with customer facility staff as necessary to support safe and reliable railway operations.
  • Perform On-Call response duties as required by Etihad Rail terms and conditions, ensuring swift and effective response during emergencies.
  • Support the training and development of new entrants to the railway industry.
  • Maintain current train driver competence, staying informed about industry developments and best practices.
  • Carry out shunting and train preparation duties as required to deliver the maintenance and service plan, contributing to the overall operational efficiency.
  • Adapt to a flexible shift pattern as directed by the business to meet operational requirements effectively.

             Performance role of an Incidence Officer during the degrades and emergencies.

Academic Qualifications: 

  • Possess a valid Train Driver's license and a proven track record of successful train driving.
  • Previous experience in a leadership or supervisory role within a railway or transportation environment.
  • Thorough knowledge of railway safety regulations, operating procedures, and best practices.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to make effective decisions, especially in emergency situations.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Positive customer focus and a commitment to delivering exceptional service.


Professional Qualifications:

  • Knowledge of applicable discipline based railway standards
  • Preferred of European Train Control System (ETCS)
  • Knowledge of competence management systems
  • Full driving license



  • Current competence in Rail Incident Officer duties
  • Current competency in train driving
  • Experience in risk assessment and safe systems of work
  • Experience in incident investigations


Pre-requisite conditions:

  • Good Medical Fitness.
  • Able to successfully complete Psychometric Evaluation.


Other Skills:

  • English as first language or advanced level of written and verbal skill.
  • Good planning skills.
  • Analytical skills for problem solving.
  • Ability to writing comprehensive reports.
  • Knowledge of applicable discipline-based railway standards.
  • Preferred of European Train Control System (ETCS).
  • IT literate.
  • English as first language or advanced level of written and verbal skill.
  • Full UAE driving license or ability to achieve competence,
  • Analytical skills for problem solving.
  • Current competency in passenger train driving.

            Knowledge of competence management systems.


Safety Responsibilities


  • To comply with those elements of the company’s environment, health and safety management system and other company documents where specific responsibility is identified with the role or as a general requirement on all employees




Etihad Rail subsidiary employees are responsible for:

  • Being aware of the current policies and procedures and their responsibilities for protecting corporate assets;
  • Using corporate resources only for intended purposes as defined by policies and procedures of Etihad Rail;
  • Being accountable for their actions relating to their use of all assets.