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Kansas City Southern Railway Assistant Roadmaster in Shreveport, Louisiana


This position provides daily supervision of staff to perform cost effective repairs and maintenance resulting in safe track, right of way, and facility conditions for an assigned territory of moderate scope.

Acts as a team lead and coordinates the work of others, supervising the daily activities of operations team members. Applies and enforces guidelines to ensure compliance and equitable application of policies, procedures, practices, programs, processes, and systems and makes suggestions for continued improvement or increased efficiencies. Delivers operational results that align with department commitments. Plans and prioritizes work to meet team commitments. Provides timely and constructive coaching and feedback; develops staff and provides challenging opportunities.


  • Assists Roadmaster or manages as directed by Roadmaster with the following:

  • Schedules and supervises crews and inspects repairs when complete or designates individuals to inspect.

  • Oversees the operation of test cars and the remediation of defects found (Geometry, Ultra Sonic Rail Test, etc.).

  • Oversees the operation of the Capital and Operating Expensed Equipment (Rail Grinder, Ballast Trains, Ballast Cleaner, etc.).

  • Ensures FRA 213, FRA 214 and FRA 219 standards, testing, and inspection requirements are met. Meets with FRA as required to receive feedback regarding track conditions. Ensures compliance with all Federal, State, and Local regulations. Ensures that DOT regulated drivers are in compliance with hours of service.

  • Manages the bid process and supervises external contractors to project completion.

  • Plans and meets budget targets for overtime, materials, equipment and tools, maintenance, contractor costs, and crew credit cards.

  • Manages resources for daily activities and emergency responses.

  • Coordinates with Dispatch and state and local agencies to schedule construction projects, maintenance work and/or track shut-downs.

  • Coordinates with Production Gangs, Bridge, Signal, and work by other entities (State, County, City, State DOT and Public Utilities).

  • Performs accident investigations to ensure a safe environment and prevent reoccurrence.

  • Participates with Transportation and Mechanical departments on the safety committee.

  • Demonstrates operational excellence by knowing and applying the business requirements. Demonstrates customer focus and contingency planning to ensure stakeholder expectations are met.

  • Understands the relevant business metrics and applies effective tactics to sustain a culture of operational effectiveness that produces teams of high performing, engaged and empowered operational leaders.

  • Identifies when a rule/regulation/policy has been violated and has one-on-one accountability conversations with an individual who has not met expectations, using KCS Candor, Aligning the Stars & KCS ABC's, and have the individual produce better results.

  • Demonstrates KCS's commitment to being ONE TEAM - Living a Speak Up Culture - by using communication and interpersonal skills to enhance inclusion, civility, respect, innovation, safety, customer focus, teamwork within KCS, while encouraging and enabling others to do the same.

  • Defines and communicates clearly the teams roles and responsibilities; holds people accountable for accomplishing objectives; recognizes and rewards people who achieve results and deliver on performance expectations; provides pinpointed (specific & measurable) feedback on performance.

  • Develops and retains a strong team of high performers; creates a challenging and rewarding work environment; organizes a diverse group of people into a cohesive team to leverage their energy, knowledge and skills; creates grassroots / localized events to train & develop others - including location-specific safety training, localized Speak Up events, regular recognition or team-building activities.

  • Exemplifies KCS Vision, Values, and Culture interactions with coworkers, business partners, customers and stakeholders.

Ideal Candidate Qualifications:


  • High School diploma or equivalent

  • Minimum two (2) years of relevant operations experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • FRA213 (track standards), FRA214 (safety) qualified, FRA 219 qualified

  • FRA213 (track standards), FRA214 (safety) qualified, FRA 219 qualified


  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college

  • Previous Kansas City Southern experience

Working Conditions

  • May work outdoors in inclement weather

  • Shift work is an essential function of this job. Employees must have the ability and willingness to support critically important railroad operations 24 hours per day/7 days per week, working various shifts as assigned. Schedule assignments may include after-hours, weekends and holidays.

We Offer:

  • Complete health and welfare benefits package

  • Competitive salary

  • Incentive plan

  • Railroad Retirement benefits

  • 401k savings

  • Leave/vacation plan

EEO Statement

We value a culturally diverse workforce and are proud to be an equal opportunity employer while providing reasonable accommodations for all employees. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other legally protected basis, in accordance with applicable law.

Company Overview

In 1887, Arthur Stilwell constructed a north-south railroad while others were heading east and west, setting the tone for a century-old legacy of outstanding vision; entrepreneurial spirit; resilience in the face of adversity; and, willingness to challenge conventional wisdom. Building on that legacy, our culture is further defined by a new vision for the future and a core set of values - Safety, Customer Focus, Communication, Teamwork, Initiative & Innovation, and Diversity & Civility. We believe that the way we do business is as important as the business we do.

In addition to a culture that allows employees to thrive, we encourage resourcefulness with an award, recognizing employees who see a problem (or opportunity), find a solution, and use whatever authority and resources are available to get a job done well - accomplishing what was previously thought could not be done.

If you want to do work that is creative and strategic, be heard, grow professionally, be valued by your employer, and know that you are making an important contribution to an essential industry, a global supply chain, and the larger economy, Kansas City Southern may be the place for you.

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