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Network Rail
Salary: £50,400 To £56,700
Location: UK
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Rail
Category: Design / Development Jobs
Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain’s railway. From Crossrail – Europe’s largest civil engineering project – to investment in world-class stations and major programmes of electrification, we're involved in some of the most ambitious and diverse ventures that this country has ever seen.

This will help us deliver the better railway that is vital for the economic prosperity of this country, transforming how people travel and make a massive difference to passengers and freight users right across Britain.

Our shared behaviours are helping us to shape a better railway for a better Britain:

• Customer-driven - We put safety at the heart of everything we do and provide exceptional service;

• Accountable - We understand our priorities and use shared knowledge and expertise to make confident decisions;

• Challenging - We welcome different points of view and constantly seek better solutions;

• Collaborative - We work openly and transparently and are respectful and trusting.

Brief Description

This role is for a Senior Design Engineer (Contact Systems), with previous experience as a Contracts System Design Engineer. You will be responsible for the engineering development of allocated proposals from clarification of remit to project completion developing the engineering solutions to proposals to best satisfy the business case.

This role can be based out of York, Glasgow, Derby or Birmingham.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

· Manage the development remit for a proposal so that it properly describes the engineering requirements, scope, possibilities and operational performance targets and maintain a robust challenge to sponsoring engineers and managers, in order to monitor and value manage the business and technical remit and thereby optimise the business case.

· Manage all engineering and development activities so that they result in schemes that are affordable, and that meet programme requirements in a safe & environmentally responsible manner for time, cost and quality.

· Manage (or undertake where applicable) the development of suitable engineering options for a proposal giving full consideration to safety, reliability, operational capacity modelling, maintainability, ease of construction, and environmental/whole life issues. Engineering excellence is to be supported by:

1. Secure all relevant base data.

2. Review compliance with appropriate standards.

3. Use risk ID and evaluation methods (e.g. HAZOP, QRA, LRM, and the GK/RT/14200 suite), as suitable, to evaluate and compare options.

4. Using feedback from all relevant past projects across the UK rail network, lessons learned etc.

5. Monitor that designers are up to date via training, briefings etc.

· Confirm whether strict change control is maintained on scope development; evaluate cost, time and performance impacts in conjunction with development management.

· Participate in the selection of a single option for further development, preparing or monitoring preparation of reports, papers etc as necessary.

· Manage(or undertake where applicable) the development of the selected single option.

· Manage (or undertake where applicable) the preparation of the full engineering data package required for commencement of the detailed design, and participate in answering clarifications/queries as needed.

· Support the construction design management (CDM) planning supervisor in all associated duties and carry out or monitor cross-discipline engineering checks of all relevant aspects of the proposal.

· Carry out independent checking of safety critical signalling design documentation.

· Manage adequate resourcing of the feasibility stages of project development, in both the quality and quantity of Network Rail and supplier staff, and in the use of the most appropriate support equipment.

· Manage the engineering interfaces of allocated proposals with concurrent work in other disciplines, or within other programmes.

· Act as or liaise with the appropriate Project Engineer during stages 2-4 to so that method statements for site works and surveys in particular are produced and approved to the required standards.

· Monitor, assess, evaluate and audit Consultants and Contractors during project stages 2-4.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


· An engineering degree or equivalent industry-recognised training qualification.

· A demonstrable aptitude for option development.

· Strong evaluation and decision-making skills.

· A working knowledge of rail engineering; relevant successful experience working in the principal discipline and an adequate understanding of all other related disciplines.

· An ability to work and communicate effectively in a team context.

· An appreciation of all the life cycle stages of rail infrastructure.

· CDM, Auditing and risk assessment competencies.


· Six Sigma Yellow Belt

· Membership of a relevant engineering professional institution.

· Experience in design, installation and maintenance.

· Formal qualifications in risk identification and assessment.

· Yellow book course.

How To Apply- External

Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail. Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitment to safety in their application.

Network Rail can offer you a rewarding career with competitive pay and excellent benefits including a choice of contributory pension schemes, a generous annual leave package, a bonus scheme and an annual 75% subsidy on season tickets costing up to £3,333 (to a maximum amount of £2,500).

We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range:

Salary £50,400 - £56,400

Network Rail adheres to the Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS). This is a government standard for pre-employment vetting. All prospective employees will undergo the required checks to meet this standard before joining the company.

Closing date: 06.12.17 - Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

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