Director Operations at Zambia Railways Limited

  • Full Time
  • Kabwe, Zambia
  • 000 USD / Year
  • Salary: 000

Zambia Railways Limited

Zambia Railways Limited (ZRL) is a national Railway of Zambia. The Company specialises in transporting heavy cargo in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), as well as running a local passenger train service. The area of product specialization is freight-bulk cargo and passenger rail services to the satisfaction of all Stakeholders. The Company therefore seeks the services of a committed, vibrant, innovative, and strategically focused and business oriented Zambian national to fill the vacant positions below of:





To plan, direct, control and coordinate the traffic/operations function of the organization in order to provide a fast, reliable and efficient freight and passenger service to the public thereby oiding accomplishment of the desired organizational goals/objectives.


The role is accountable to the Managing Director for the efficient and effective operation of all train services. Further, it is accountable for the implementation of traffic rules and regulations and, working under board parameters, as the job holder, you will:

  • Inform and advise the MD and the Executive Committee of the existing train timetable and the overall directorial activities against the set timetable. You will also inform and advise on the tonnage hauled taking into consideration the conditions of the track. speed limitation/restriction. locomotive and wagon availability.
  • Recommend to the Executive Committee possible tonnage and number of passengers that can be carried during a budget period after considering conditions of the track in terms of speed restrictions locomotive availability, wagon availability, conditions of signal system and possible traffic offerings from customers done in liaison with the marketing directorate.
  • Will ensure minimum transit time, careful handling of fraffic and ensuring safety for traffic in transit.
  • Direct movement of trains so that they move as per approved lime table and ensuring that any delay or cancellation of services is properly explained and justified.
  • Analyse performance of directorate, reports on locomotive power and wagon fleet utilization and availability and initiates strategies for the efficient and effective exploitation of same to achieve stipulated traffic targets.
  • Direct restoration exercises to major traffic accidents, involving total line blackade, act on recommendations aimed at justifying change in regulations/procedures to forestall prospects of accident recurrence.
  • Advise management on all traffic issues and problems and decides route priorities in terms of company profitability and equitable traffic targets.
  • Recommend to management any new methods of handling fraffic which has come on the market such as container handling so that when buying new wagons or handling equipment. these new developments can be
  • Direct the review and implementation of time tables, operating traffic rules, regulations and procedures aimed at minimizing train delays to ensure that the company operates within acceptable, competitive and profitable margins.
  • Be on standby during Board meetings, attend Management Executive Committee meetings and/or any other ad hoc meeting which may be called with regard to train traffic management.
  • Coordinate the operations activities of the SARA at the SARA membership level for all Corridors
  • Coordinate and supervise the activities of railway representatives and consultants in NRZ, TFR, Tanzania, Malawi Mozambique and Congo


  • Bachelor’s degree in Transportation. Business and Marketing. Transport Economics with a postgraduate/master degree in a relevant field.
  • At least 10 years railway experience
  • Membership to a professional body is a must.


  • Smooth freight and passenger operations-ensuring set train time tables to help the company meet its set fonnage, minimize transit time through careful handling of traffic after considering speed restrictions, signaling systems, conditions of the track and customer offers.
  • Availability of locomotives and wagons for the tonnage to be carried at given times.
  • Directorate planning and management to ensure adherence to set time tables, tonnage targets, budget allocations and that subordinates skills are adequate for continuous train operations.

How to Apply

Applicants who meet the respective stated qualifications and experience should submit their applications with detailed curriculum vitae with certified copies of their academic and professional qualifications including details of three (3) traceable referees and their contact numbers not later than 17:00hrs on Wednesday 19 June, 2024 to: to both email addresses [email protected] & [email protected]

Women are encouraged to apply

Applications must be addressed to:

Director Human Resource and Administration
Zambia Railways Limited
1 Floor Shitima House
P. O Box 80935

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted

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