Working at Porterbrook

Porterbrook has entered a new phase of growth and evolution, building on over 25 years’ expertise in the UK rail sector. We have a renewed vision to meet the needs of today’s railway.

Porterbrook is at the forefront of some of the key technological changes emerging in rail as the industry adjusts to the challenges of decarbonisation and digitalisation. There has never been a more exciting time to be in rail.

Our people are fundamental to our business. Significant improvements have been made to the working environment to ensure that Porterbrook is a great place to work. This includes high-specification upgrades to our offices in both Derby and London.

We offer access to excellent skills and training opportunities. You will be encouraged to contribute to our innovative culture, taking full advantage of our tailored professional and personal development initiatives. Our competitive benefits package further enhances a positive working environment.

Everyone has the opportunity to be proactive in their own development by taking advantage of our extensive internal and external training courses, with dynamic coaching, mentoring and seminars.

Sustainability is hardwired into our business agenda and underpins our approach to people, ensuring we have happy, healthy and motivated staff who are able to contribute to the communities in which we operate.

Porterbrook is independently measured through the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB), which is a Global standard. In our most recent assessment, we were given 5 Stars, with a score of 69 out of 100, putting us 2nd in our peer group.

Porterbrook is a great place to work because of our people and the company’s ambition.
Alistair McHardy, Commercial Manager
Diversity and Inclusion

Porterbrook is a fully diverse and inclusive employer. The company is registered as a Disability Confident employer and holds Living Wage Accreditation. Our diversity policy is reviewed regularly in order to ensure fair and equal treatment for all existing and potential staff.

Women are well represented across every level of the organisational structure. Many of our female colleagues are role models within the rail industry.

We are immensely proud that the last year has seen an increase in the percentage of women working at Porterbrook rise to a third. This compares to an industry average of 16% across rail (source: Women in Rail 2016). We are striving to improve on this still further by:

  • Actively promoting flexible working, which is in place at every level of the organisation including the Executive Team.
  • Encouraging remote working to offer further flexibility for all staff, but particularly those with caring responsibilities.
  • Engaging with cross industry initiatives to attract more diversity into the rail industry particularly among women, young people and under-represented communities.

Graduate schemes and apprenticeships

Our ‘Year in Industry’ programme provides an opportunity for engineering undergraduates to experience life first-hand at Porterbrook, where they can contribute to specific projects during their time with the business. Students are assessed whilst with us and there is scope to secure full-time employment positions after graduation. This has allowed us to support young engineers and encourage them into rail engineering.

Our engineering apprentices progress to degree level before joining our graduate training scheme. This has allowed us to introduce new talent into the industry and provides an opportunity to work alongside and learn from experienced rail engineers.

The company’s engineering graduate training scheme is IMechE accredited for 3-year periods and has produced nearly 20 Chartered Engineers since its inception.

In addition, we recruit apprentices across all areas of the business, including our Finance and Planning departments.

Innovation in Engineering and Digital Technology

In June 2019 Porterbrook launched HydroFLEX, the UK’s first hydrogen-powered train at RailLive. The train was developed in close partnership between the University of Birmingham and Porterbrook. This unique collaboration between academia and the private sector enabled HydroFLEX to be developed and delivered in a short space of time.


Porterbrook is often consulted by DfT, BEIS and other industry stakeholders on approaches to rail innovation and decarbonisation. This reflects the expertise we have in these areas. We also work across the supply chain, especially with SMEs at the forefront of technological development, in areas such as air quality improvement and data analytics. We have been successful in securing project development funding for a number of initiatives from UK government body Innovate UK.

Current vacancies

Applications to work at Porterbrook are welcome at any time. If you think you could contribute to our team, please email recruitment@porterbrook.co.uk attaching your CV and a covering letter explaining what interests you about us. We are always on the lookout for market leading skills and talent, even if we have no current vacancies available. Currently, we are recruiting for the following positions: