Senior SSOW & Possession Manager

About Coombes

Working in partnership with Network Rail and, alongside other major contractors, Coombes provide a whole manner of off-track services, including vegetation management, on-track plant hire, ecological support, civil engineering and fencing. All while maintaining a focus on quality, safety and efficiency.

We have seen recent significant growth as a Principal Contractor and Framework Contractor to Network Rail and are looking for a Senior SSOW & Possession Planner to lead our planning team and help us provide a service that is second to none.

Coombes is a family-run SME, where we value integrity, a positive ‘can-do’ attitude and working together as one team to give our clients the best possible service. If this sounds like a company you would like to be part of, please reach out to us – we’d love to hear from you.

About the vacancy

We are seeking an experienced SSOW and Possession Planner to join Coombes in a Senior SSOW & Possession Manager role, on a full time, permanent basis. This is a new role introduced as a result of Coombes’ continued growth.

The successful candidate will be experienced in works planning and skilled in people management, as this role will require you to lead, manage and develop a small team of Possession Planners to effectively produce, collate, distribute and brief on SWPs. This is also a hands-on role, where you’ll be required to produce accurate SWP’s in line with internal and external standards. You will utilise your excellent communication skills to advise on SSOW requirements at external client planning meetings, developing strong relationships along the way.

As Senior SSOW & Possession Manager, you will work closely with our delivery managers and the wider team to ensure all SSOW requirements are understood and met both in the planning stages and when delivering on site.

As well as sharing the ethos and values of our Company, candidates must have the following:

  • Sentinel SSOW Planner competency
  • In-depth knowledge of Network Rail standards and procedures
  • In-depth PPS, GZAC and daytime access planning knowledge
  • Have experience in both DC and AC infrastructure
  • Sentinel Personal Track Safety (PTS)
  • In-depth knowledge of ALO

Salary: £55-60,000 + package

Working Hours: 40 hours per week, to be worked Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm with 1hr unpaid break each day.

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We will keep your CV on our records for 6 months after the closing date, at which point it will be destroyed.

For a role profile, please contact the HR Team on 01730 231761 or email To apply for this opportunity, please forward your CV and a covering letter/email to or to our HR Team at Coombes UK, Unit 6 New Farm Buildings, Winchester Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 3PB.

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