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Senior Cost Engineer

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Project Management

Birmingham, Manchester, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  05-10 years
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.

SYSTRA is an international engineering and consulting group specialising in rail (passenger and freight) and public transport. We work with our clients to find innovative solutions to complex issues concerning the location and movement of people, goods and services. We innovate to meet our clients’ needs, prepare mass transit for tomorrow, and propose ever more resilient solutions. Transport infrastructure engineering should adopt new technology, cater for new habits and satisfy new demands.
To go beyond, SYSTRA commits to put people at the heart of design and improve transport systems efficiency. We are dedicated to delivering excellence to our clients through our entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm whilst promoting a culture of listening, teamwork and employee empowerment.
With ambitious growth plans, this is an exciting time to join SYSTRA Ltd as we continue to develop and raise our profile in the UK.


Main Function of Job
We currently have an opportunity for a Senior Cost Engineer to join our growing engineering team.
This position within our team will suit a committed individual who can demonstrate interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in growing a dynamic high-performance team.
With a focus on the design of High Speed Rail infrastructure the will also support other Product Lines in the UK and overseas, the post-holder will be part of a growing team delivering projects for a diverse portfolio of UK clients.


The Senior Cost Engineer will be responsible for the Cost Management and Work Package Process on a project ensuring:

  • Timely issuing of performance reporting documents
  • An organised approach to support record keeping
  • Robust, Accurate Reporting both internally and externally
  • Good relationships are maintained with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company


Main Duties
Working in collaboration with our management team, designers and contract partners, the Senior Cost Engineer will be involved in a variety of tasks such as:

  • Working on large multi-disciplinary rail projects.
  • Applying the recognised Cost Management and Earned Value Techniques.
  • Produce all Weekly Actual Cost Reporting and Analysis for submission to the Project team and Client
  • Build relationships with the various Work Package Managers to ensure that they understand the process, the reports content and they are actively engaged with progress reporting and management of changes and variations
  • Working closely with the Commercial ensuring that change I managed efficiently and/or variations are correctly captured and varied into project budgets.
  • Attend Progress Meetings and communicate clear and concise data to the Project team and Client
  • Produce all Work Package Agreements, and their associated change sheets
  • Attend Work Package Reviews and record the meeting minutes and all actions
  • Extensive use of Microsoft Products


Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.