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Learning and Development Designer

Rail Safety & Standards Board
London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
29 Dec 2023

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Travel / Transport
Contract Type
Full Time
HR Jobs Level
Specialist, Trainer, Executive / Officer
Specialist Area
Learning and Development
CIPD Membership
CIPD Member, Non CIPD member

Job Details


The Learning and Development Designer (L&D Designer) will be accountable for the analysis, design, development and maintenance of learning programmes that RSSB offer to the railway industry in the UK and internationally. The L&D Designer will work with subject matter experts to unravel complex information and lead the development and maintenance of all learning interventions to help deliver against one of the four RSSB Corporate Objectives: Business Growth.


This role will require someone who has the latest understanding of learning theories and instructional design models to be able to create innovative and engaging learning solutions, as well as to maintain the existing portfolio to support the continuous professional development of rail employees. The role also requires  support training facilitation/delivery to our client locations.


  • Contribute to the operational delivery of the commercial L&D Strategy and support the L&D team in meeting the commercial income targets.
  • Grow the L&D portfolio with innovative and commercially viable learning solutions.
  • Develop positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders and conduct comprehensive learning needs analysis to identify current & future learning needs.
  • Apply current adult learning theories and evaluation methodologies to craft structured and impactful learning paths with measurable learning outcomes to create the training and accreditation offering.
  • Design and develop effective learning interventions (including blended solutions) with input from subject matter experts to achieve learning outcomes and improve performance.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness and impact of learning programmes to enhance the quality of the intervention and maximise the delegate experience and the application of learning.
  • Maintain content ownership and manage the continuous improvement of all learning programmes, putting in appropriate quality measures to keep content up to date and standardised.
  • Effectively manage multiple L&D projects and initiatives simultaneously, with the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Effectively manage the learning management system to enhance learner experience and deliver blended learning programmes.
  • Deliver training, as required.
  • Support the Head of L&D with other tasks and responsibilities depending on business needs.



  • A degree in instructional design or education or other relevant experience.
  • Knowledge of learning theories and instructional design models
  • Demonstrable  experience in the design and creation of engaging and innovative learning solutions for delivery in a variety of formats e.g. webinar, F2F, digital.
  • Ability to produce a diversity of learning materials, including e-learning, guides, manuals, bringing knowledge of new methods and theories into the work produced.
  • Effective communication skills with a good ability to build relations with a wide range of stakeholders, including excellent written and verbal communication.
  • Exceptional project management, planning, prioritisation, and time management skills.
  • Demonstrate passion for acquiring new technical skills and the ability to translate complex technical concepts into understandable language that newcomers can grasp easily.
  • Adapt and respond effectively when embracing new opportunities, change and navigating uncertainty.
  • Actively contribute as part of a team and work towards achieving team goals and outcomes.
  • Take responsibility and demonstrate accountability in completing tasks and achieving objectives, actively seeking to resolve problems and identify opportunities.
  • Committed to customer service and placing customer satisfaction at the heart of our success to ensure we deliver against our shared goals.
  • Build effective professional relationships with stakeholders, understanding their unique goals and motivations, gaining credibility and effectively influencing to achieve desired outcomes.
  • Can work collaboratively within an evolving industry, gaining stakeholder confidence through understanding their goals and motivations and demonstrating credibility as an expert.
  • Make timely, informed decisions taking account of the benefits and constraints involved.



  • Demonstrable related experience in the rail industry. 
  • Practical experience with learning management systems and e-learning authoring tools.
  • Experience in delivering learning programmes.

We are committed to investing in our staff and offer formal and informal learning opportunities for development.


We value diversity and equal opportunities in employment and are committed to creating a workplace which is inclusive to everyone. As a member of the Disability Confident Scheme, we encourage candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria, to apply for our jobs. If you have applied under the Disability Confident Scheme, please let us know in advance by emailing vacancies@RSSB.CO.UK


If you require any reasonable adjustments with respect to our selection process including information in an alternative format, please contact us at


We understand the importance of work-life balance and we offer our staff the flexibility to work within our core hours and the option to vary their location between both the office and home. If you are looking for further flexibility, speak to us at interview stage so that we can consider your request.


We value our staff and we offer a competitive benefits package to ensure our staff can achieve their best throughout their journey with us. This includes 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays); a holiday buy and sell scheme; private medical and dental cover; a season ticket loan and travel subsidy; access to a cycle to work scheme; volunteer leave; a performance related bonus and pension.




About Us

The Rail Safety and Standards Board is the independent safety, standards and research body for Great Britain’s rail network. We work across Britain’s evolving railway to improve safety, efficiency, and sustainability.

Our purpose

To help our members keep Britain moving with safer, smarter rail.

Formed in the aftermath of the Ladbroke Grove rail crash, we have been supporting Britain’s rail sector for over 20 years.

We make sure that industry knowledge gaps are addressed, and we work collaboratively with an evolving industry to ensure that innovative and sustainable technology is operated safely, efficiently and cost-effectively. We codify and share best practice, both in Britain and abroad.

We are proudly impartial, and home to some of rail’s leading experts on technical matters. Guided by facts and analysis, we help to bridge knowledge gaps, optimise use of the latest technology and disseminate and systemise industry best practice.

Why it matters

Over the last few decades, the railway has grown considerably. But now we need to take it even further: efficiently increasing the mobility of people and goods, while reducing carbon emissions, pollution and gridlock on the roads. Unlocking the railway’s full potential is a massive technical challenge. Doing it safely, sustainably and efficiently is an even bigger one.

With so many businesses and organisations contributing to an increasingly dynamic system, our skills and experience in collaborating with operators and innovators, co-ordinating research and development, and codifying technical knowledge will be crucial for the rail network. With the help of the industry, we ensure that its users enjoy the benefits of rail for decades to come.

Helping us all work smarter, as well as safer. 

What we value

  • Trust
  • Innovation
  • Our customers
  • Knowledge

Our primary objectives

We have six strategic business areas to support rail organisations with the wider challenges and changes facing the industry:

- Safer Rail

- Healthier Rail

- Harmonised Rail

- Efficient Rail

- Future Rail

- Sustainable Rail

Career Opportunities

We are an independent body, working with our members to drive improvements in the GB rail system. Through research, standards, analysis and insight, RSSB drives improvements in health and wellbeing, and in delivering a safer, more efficient and sustainable rail system.

Working at RSSB offers an exciting opportunity to significantly impact the rail industry in numerous ways. Our effectiveness is dependent on collaboration across a wide range of specialities.

Benefits of working with us

We value our people and offer a competitive benefits package to ensure colleagues can achieve their best throughout their journey with us.

In return for your expertise, passion, and commitment we offer:

  • Private health and dental care
  • 30 days’ annual leave (plus bank holidays) and flexible holiday buying and selling options
  • A generous defined contribution pension scheme
  • Volunteer leave
  • A performance related annual bonus
  • Annual travel subsidy and season ticket loan on travel
  • An opportunity to participate in a number of internal social events including Payday Breakfast, book club, running club, and annual staff socials
  • A cycle to work scheme
  • Smart working. We understand the importance of a healthy work-life balance and we offer our staff the flexibility to work within our core hours and the option to split their location equally between both the office and home. If you are looking for further flexibility, speak to us at interview stage so that we can consider your request.

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