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6 months ago
Location: Manchester
Job type: Permanent
Sector: Rail
Category: Management Jobs
Senior Design Engineering Manager (MAN00003A)

Primary Location
: United Kingdom-Manchester-Manchester

: Rail

Job Posting
: 04-Mar-19

Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world. We are an employee owned organisation which allows our members a unique opportunity to have a real say in our companies’ future and development.

How can we best work with you?? Whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle, it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours. At Arup you have access to a range of flexible working options – including flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time. If you're interested in any of these options, please let us know when you apply and we'll discuss how this could work in your role

We are keen to support flexible and part-time working wherever the role allows. If you wish to explore the
possibilities associated with this opportunity, please let us know what you’re
looking for in your cover letter when you apply.

We are currently seeking a Senior Design Engineering Manager to work within a multidisciplinary team delivering a portfolio of exciting, varied rail projects as part of an established and expanding Rail Business.

You will be part of a team responsible for the successful delivery of our design commissions for our major clients including Network Rail, contractors (in a design and build context) and other agencies such as Train Operators, Councils, Passenger Transport Executives and academic institutions.

Current multidisciplinary projects include Transpennine Route Upgrade – West of Leeds, major depot remodelling, Market Harborough Line Speed and Station Improvements Project GRIP 4-8 detailed design commissions for major Railway infrastructure contractors, and numerous GRIP Stage 1-4 commissions for Network Rail, Merseytravel, TfGM and TfN.

The position offers scope for personal skill development, especially in relation to increasing multidisciplinary Design Engineering Management and leadership expertise in a collaborative, stimulating and challenging project environment, and so enhancing Arup’s overall rail capability.

Role - What we're looking for in you

We are looking for a passionate, commercially aware Senior Design Engineering Manager with excellent leadership and project management experience to be an integral part of our Manchester and York Rail team that is highly motivated and with a desire to tackle interesting problems with the opportunity of finding innovative solutions.

Ensuring the successful leadership of technically excellent multidisciplinary rail projects and bids across our UK portfolio, you will be responsible for, and typical activities will include:


Leading the successful design, integration and delivery of multidisciplinary projects with proven engineering management and leadership abilities.


Determining the engineering management requirements from our client brief and be able to make sound decisions and propose the right project approach.


Creating and maintaining a wide spectrum of effective, strategic and collaborative relationships, successfully delivering a complex and challenging workload, inspiring confidence and trust with our Clients.


Sharing knowledge, best practice and innovation across our business, providing guidance, training and feedback with other related disciplines and skills, locally and across the UK.


You will have the freedom to work independently, managing your own personal development utilising our in house and external training opportunities.


As we foster a strong development culture across our business, you will also be involved in some mentoring of more junior staff.


Reporting to our Manchester Rail Team Leader and supported by our Project Engineering Technical Head you will work with project teams of Railway and infrastructure engineers at bid and project stage. You will also develop relationships with our companies wider engineering community and our client’s engineering and project teams.

Essential Skills and Knowledge


Highly competent in the Engineering Management of multiple multidisciplinary rail Feasibility, Scheme and Detailed Design projects (including enhancements, remodelling, renewals, depots, stations, resignalling and electrification).


Prior experience acting as a Design Engineering Manager, highly competent in requirements management, change management and delivery to programme.


Highly competent understanding of the safety process and the interfaces between the design and manufacturing and installation.


Experience of Contractors Engineering Manager (CEM) or equivalent.

Desirable Skills and Knowledge


Track record and a passion to lead, mentor, motivate and develop the skills of team members at all grades


Experience in undertaking site surveys / site visits and reporting on asset condition.


Competent in the production of engineering management control tools and use of technical reporting processes to Senior Management.


Experience of digital, coding and data analytics techniques



An appropriate HND, university degree or equivalent qualification.


Member of the ICE, IET or APM or similar and an Incorporated Engineer.


Chartered member of the ICE, IET or APM or similar would be an advantage.

Reward and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary at all levels and one of the best benefits package in our sector. Core benefits include Private Medical Insurance, Life Assurance, Accident Assurance and Income Protection cover. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefit Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash or spend on a wide range of Choice benefits to help you with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share Scheme where employees could receive two Profit Share payments per year.

Arup is a place where creativity, innovation and exciting technical challenges are always possible; we are part of a team that enjoys what they do, embracing a unique culture. As a global firm we can develop careers in the UK or abroad through international assignments, and our commitment to training and development is fundamental to ensure we continue to develop our staff and look to the future requirements of our clients.

If you share our passion, why not talk to us about a rewarding career with Arup?

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