Graduate Engineer - OLE Contact Systems

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 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.




We currently have an opportunity for a Graduate - Engineer to join our growing engineering team. Operating as an integral part of the electrification design consultancy team, with the aim of undertaking detailed allocation and construction design services on a variety of single and multidisciplinary projects to meet the ultimate requirements of the client and fulfil the strategic requirements of the Electrification team.


The Electrification Team is responsible for undertaking design and consultancies services within the context of the Railway industry to meet the requirements of a portfolio of clients, including contractors, third parties and Network Rail, as well as internal clients on multidisciplinary projects.


The team has several budgetary targets to fulfil including the securing of workload, utilisation, delivering projects to budget and delivering a successful result at a P+L level.

The successful applicant will be based from either our York or Birmingham office.


  • The role shall encompass a variety of roles, assisting the electrification designers on projects, including planning, executing and leading site work, client liaison, design development, allocation and layout design, deliverables planning and delivery
  • You will be responsible for working within single discipline teams, and as part of a multidiscipline team operating with both internal and external designers as well as multifaceted client organisations. The ability to operate and build relationships at all levels is key to succeeding and developing the Graduate Engineer role.



Main Duties

    • Undertake electrification engineering design on a portfolio of projects in accordance with client requirements
    • Exercise the responsibilities of CDM regulations as a designer
    • Develop relationships with clients through successful project delivery to ensure reputation and future work winning is successful
    • Achieve agreed targets regarding the effective delivery of projects to current engineering and safety standards within timescales and budget
    • Contribute to team performance against specified criteria including efficiency and profitability.
    • Monitor project design/construction against project quality plans and taken necessary corrective action
    • Assist in the development of staff to ensure the safety of staff, and others, affected by the operations of Systra where appropriate
    • Understand standards briefing and apply this knowledge in a project context
    • Apply procedures and systems to ensure the safety of staff, and others, affected by the operations of Systra
    • Any other reasonable duties as required.





    • Flexibility in working hours will be required to meet the demands of the role
    • Ability to travel to client sites and other SYSTRA offices will be required
    • Ideal MEng mechanical engineering degree
    • Knowledge of electrical and mechanical engineering design principles and standards
    • Proficient at 2D and ideally 3D computer aided design;
    • Design knowledge
    • Ideally any railway electrification design office experience
    • Ability to develop and maintain client relationships
    • Awareness of contract conditions
    • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
    • Demonstrate working/communicating across teams within the company to ensure delivery of projects
    • Self-motivated team player.
    • Able to work with the minimum of supervision
    • Commercial awareness
    • Computer literate – specifically CAD, Lotus notes, Microsoft Office packages
    • IT Computer literate – specifically CAD, Lotus notes, Microsoft Office packages





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.