Southeastern Railway

Southeastern is a great place to further your career, you will find a rich diversity and a dynamic role in a fast-paced environment.

We are constantly evolving to ensure an excellent passenger service and an inclusive workforce. We are an equal opportunities employer with priorities that include increasing safety, developing our employees and supporting local communities.

By joining Southeastern, you’ll be working for one of Britain’s busiest train operators, serving London, Kent and parts of East Sussex. Our network includes the UK’s first domestic high speed service with Javelin trains.

Find out more about us and our people, and join our team!

About the Company

Southeastern operates one of the busiest networks in the country, including the UK’s first domestic highspeed service with Javelin trains. 

We have been running the train service between London and Kent and parts of East Sussex since 2006. From 17 October 2021, Southeastern now operates under the ownership of the Department for Transport Operator of Last Resort Holdings Limited.

We run more than 2,000 trains and carry over 450,000 passengers every day between London, Kent and East Sussex.

Just over 4,500 employees – mostly from the communities that we serve – work together to provide this vital service and we are looking to expand our successful team.

Driver standing in front of a train

Culture & Values

At Southeastern we are proud to serve the South East and the work we deliver with partners to secure a thriving future for our railway and the communities we serve. 

We are proud to work with some fantastic organisations and our recent accreditations are part of our journey to becoming an even better place to work.  We continue to work across the industry and forge closer working with Network Rail.

We don’t own the trains we run or the tracks they run on. Our greatest asset is our people who are passionate about delivering our passengers the best experience possible when using our network. 

Whether you are based on our platforms, onboard, or in one of our office locations, everyone has a part to play in running our services. A lot of our colleagues describe the railway as their family and that feeling grows everyday.

Employee assisting an older gentleman to get through the platform gates

Awards And Recognition

We are proud of the employer awards we have won and the recognition we have received, and we would have been able to achieve this without the excellent people of Southeastern.

If you join us you could play a crucial role in helping us to achieve even more.

  • Winner of ‘Great Place to Work’ at the 2023 National Rail Awards
  • Winner of Rail Business of the Year 2023 as well as being highly commended in both the Diversity and Inclusion and the Wellbeing in Rail categories
  • Ranked as part of the 5% club in the Apprenticeships Top 100 Employees 2022. The country’s most outstanding apprenticeship employers for 2022 were recognised for their vital work boosting career opportunities for more people
  • Financial Times Diversity Leaders ranking for 2023 comprising 850 companies across Europe seen to do more than just talk about their commitment to diversity and inclusion taking action to promote change and create an inclusive environment
  • Named in The Sun’s Top 8 menopause-friendly employers (in 2022)
  • Won the Women in Rail Top Employer award in both 2020 and 2022

Inclusion & Diversity

Continuing to create a better and more inclusive organisation is a top priority. 

We recognise the importance of diversity in the workplace and are committed to shaping a workplace environment which supports inclusivity and encourages all colleagues to bring their whole self to work in a safe environment.

We work with partners and experts to ensure our processes and policies are inclusive and continually improving.

Southeastern are an Endorsed Employer for Women with WORK180 and we are committed to supporting women at work and to attract and retain the best talent. We have received numerous recognitions, including overall winner of the Women in Transport Equity Index 2023 and the 2024 WORK180 Equitable Workplace Award!!

Announcement of winning the 2024 WORK180 Equitable Workplace Award

A selection of logos of awards won by Southeastern

We have several Colleague Network Groups to offer support, advice, guidance, and a safe space to interact with other group members. These include Women in Rail Empowerment, Accessibility, Culture and LGBT+

Female engineer standing with folded arms and smiling at the camera

What positions do we offer?

From managing colleagues, helping customers, engineering trains, to skilfully driving them, we have a variety of job opportunities at Southeastern Railway. We care passionately about our people and offer some great benefits and discounts. Many of our roles also include apprenticeships giving you the opportunity to learn while you earn and be part of changing the railway.

On top of your salary, you’ll get excellent benefits such as free rail travel on our network, discounted travel across the UK and even in Europe. You’ll also receive tons of other discounts and a final salary pension. At Southeastern, we’re also proud to work with some fantastic charities. On top of our regular fundraising events, from flashmob choirs to Christmas jumper days, you’ll also be able to get involved with our incredible Colleague Network Groups and champion change across the railway.


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