Work Supervisor

About Coombes

Founded by brothers Shane and Jack in 2002, COOMBES have grown into a leading supplier of vegetation management, practical environmental support, and specialist plant hire services.

As a Principal Contractor and POS licence holder we work directly alongside Network Rail, and have built an incredible industry reputation by constantly delivering work to the highest standard. We believe that our experienced management, planning and multi-disciplinary delivery teams, combined with our own fleet of modern on-track plant and equipment,allows us to deliver a level of responsiveness and flexibility that is hard to match.

Nothing is more important to us than ensuring everyone returns home safely every day. This is why we make sure that all of our employees,wherever they work and whatever they do, have a positive attitude towards safety and demonstrate the right behaviours; in addition we offer the training,equipment and the tools to work safely.

We are experiencing significant growth across multiple regions,so are seeking professionals to strengthen and support our teams, allowing us to continue offering a service that is second to none.

About the vacancy

Works Supervisor

Field based (operating form Petersfield or Bedgebury, Kent yard)

£130 - £140 PD

Reporting to: Project Manager

We are on the search for a Works Supervisor to join our committed and dedicated team across the South Regions and London area (50Miles radius of Dartford).

This position is needed to help supervise our railway ‘on/off track’ ground teams, minor civils team and groundworkers in a verity of projects.

The ideal candidate will have experience working within the rail and construction industry. Providing safe and strategic ways of working along with empowering the workforce to deliver fantastic results. Communication skills, industry knowledge and a calm pragmatic approach is vital to us.

Experience working with railway arches, structures and communicating with landowners, tenants and stakeholders is also beneficial to this role.

This opportunity would suit ‘site supervisors’ with over 3 years’ experience in a similar position and industry.

We are continually increasing our ground teams and management team whilst acquiring huge national projects, this opportunity could be the next step for anyone wanting to climb the ranks.

See below for some of the ‘job descriptions’ –

  • Main point of contact on delivery sites. Supervise, direct and motivate labour, providing clarity on tasks/work.
  • Communicate staffing roster for work, week-by-week basis. Promptly identify and escalate any possible labour shortages or issues to the Project Manager.
  • Vehicle checks
  • To ensure that equipment are only used for their intended job and purpose
  • To complete jobs to a standard set out by job specifications, industry standards and company policies
  • To give task briefings and safe system of work briefings
  • Suggest ways of eliminating hazards
  • Suggest ways of improving work methods
  • To authorise limited purchases requested by operatives


  • Driving Licence
  • PTS & COSS
  • A good understanding of, and application of health, safety & environment practices.
  • Ability to plan logistics within set timescales
  • Ability to read and interpret maps, including GPS/GIS
  • Flexibility in your approach to work and problem-solving skills
  • Good communication skills
  • Self-motivated and a team player


  • NPTC chainsaw
  • Mechanical skills (general repairs, fitting parts on machinery, etc.)
  • Driving licence category B+E (trailer towing)
  • Experience in the forestry industry, Rail and Construction

Salary: £130 - £140 PD

Working Hours: Full Time, Permanent

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