Engineer - Buildings and Structures

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

Birmingham, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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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 9,600 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.

We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Engineer to join our growing engineering team. This position within our building structures team will suit a committed and ambitious engineer who can demonstrate strong technical and interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in growing a dynamic high performing team.


This is a great time to join SYSTRA as we expand our portfolio of work within the UK. You will be joining an established team with real opportunities for development. This role can be undertaken as a hybrid working opportunity , balancing time spent working from home with time in one of our modern offices, ideally in Birmingham, Manchester, York or Leeds.


The successful candidate will have the opportunity to design building structures relating to transport infrastructure and energy such as stations, depots, and energy from waste plants in the UK and overseas, the post-holder will be part of a growing team of UK engineers delivering projects for a diverse portfolio of UK clients.


The Engineer will be accountable for the design delivery of allocated civil engineering work packages, ensuring:

  • Delivery of all the specified project outcomes on time, within budget and to the client’s specifications
  • Project requirements are fully met.
  • Technically sound design solutions are produced, including all associated reporting and cost estimating, to programme and within budget.
  • Compliance with all relevant technical standards
  • Advice and guidance is provided for staff, and professional development is actively pursued
  • Good relationships are maintained with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company.


Main Duties

Working in collaboration with our designers and contract partners, the Engineer will be involved in a variety of tasks such as:


  • Adopt a cost effective, high quality, safe and environmentally responsible approach to design, construction, commissioning, and other technical activities on relevant projects, compliant with all relevant legislation.
  • Develop design deliverables (drawings, reports, specifications) in accordance with appropriate client requirements including, Railway Group and Network Rail Company standards
  • Liaise with construction teams to ensure designs are buildable and represent value for money
  • Liaise with wider design team to ensure consistency and quality of deliverables across all projects.
  • Implement effective, value for money and innovative design solutions to meet technical and project requirements
  • Prepare and check engineering designs, calculations
  • Prepare and check technical documents and reports
  • Ensure compliance with relevant health, safety and environmental legislation, particularly the CDM Regulations
  • Project administration reporting to the Project Manager including monitoring programme delivery, resources and budgets
  • Checks to ensure compliance with the Integrated Management System and assist in its development
  • Competent to work unsupervised and to supervise others; competent to check and approve the work of others; competent to sign off design certificates on behalf of the company.
  • Conceptual outline and detailed design of engineering solutions, presentation of engineering options.
  • Delivery of work to programme, budget and specification.
  • Client and third party liaison.

An important part of the role will include working with the resources across the project – from local resources to others based at other design Technical Centres.


Skills and Experience


  • MEng in Civil Engineering preferred.
  • Chartered or near chartered Engineer with relevant experience that includes developing structural designs for building structures.
  • Ability to design to British Standards & Eurocodes.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Experience with analysis / design software such as Tekla, Robot and Tedds would be beneficial.
  • Experience of working within a BIM environment is desirable.


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 or financial assistance 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.