Probably more stressful than normal controller job as well lol.
That depends on where you are placed. Some jobs are easy as pie in theory.
Chingford for weekday night rail for instance, 3 departures 15 minutes apart and done in 30 minutes. That is in theory however - in practice you are hoping that the drivers manage to make it in time, which is not a given with regular evening closures of bridges and tunnels.
Then there are difficult locations where you really earn your money. These are the ones where you have to contend with driver changeovers, late meal reliefs, drivers who need help starting the buses, releasing the brakes or getting into the cab, people like me who are likely to request specific buses with no apparent logical / predictable pattern and those who refuse to go out without a pilot, which are a sometimes a very scarce resource.
There's also stand space management. Sometimes 6 buses turn up bunched like bananas and if you don't have room for them, it needs to be dealt with before TfL or the traffic police come and get involved. When working at the changeover point you must also make sure no buses are left overnight. Sometimes people go sick on duty or AWOL but if they were supposed to finish after running a bus back to base, another plan has to be formulated to get it back.
Backplating. Sometimes the buses come from multiple garages and decisions made on plate swapping can have a cost attached if they end up at the wrong depot at the end of the day.
Many relish the challenges of working at the driver changeover point as it makes the day go quickly. Stratford Int for the TfL rail job can be busy. Wimbledon has its moments but Aldgate when Tower Hill to Barking was with the company was by far the most testing from my perspective.
Half tempted to apply just to give the recruitment people a heart attack.
I've done most of what that job entails before - only small difference is this job is the bus market rather than rail.
Interesting, give it a go snoggle , plenty on here will give you references
I rather fear that references from a bus forum would not be viewed in a positive way. It's clear they're looking for an experienced procurement person mixed with an analytical mind. I can do the analytical stuff but the procurement stuff would most likely bore me to death if I'm honest. Having to deal with the "ball breaking" private sector procurement people from the bus companies would not really be my thing. I think TfL are looking for someone from the private sector to bring more "edge" to their negotiating position to help drive down costs even further.
The one aspect in all of this I do find intriguing is that this looks like a slightly different structure of responsibilities. In the past AIUI the analytical stuff would have been done away from the procurement people.
Anyone interested in applying, I suggest you don't decide to leave it to the last minute to apply as these vacancies regularly get pulled several days early due to the high volume of applications!
I note that with your CV, they require "a two page covering letter." Does that mean a one or three+ letter fails you?
I think part of the assessment process is following instructions. In my view with such competitive roles, it's best not to give the people filtering through them any excuse to decline your applications. Having attended events with people from HR departments, they are tasked with finding people who demonstrate they most closely match with what the advert asks for.
In any case I think covering letters are supposed to be specifically tailored for the role applied for so if they ask for a two page letter in Comic Sans MS size 10, best to give them that!
Anyone interested in applying, I suggest you don't decide to leave it to the last minute to apply as these vacancies regularly get pulled several days early due to the high volume of applications![/quote]