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Principal Engineer (Contract)

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

Birmingham, GB

Type of Contract:  Free lance
Level of experience:  Any



The global leader in public transport infrastructure, SYSTRA has specialised in the mass transit and rail market since 1957. The main shareholders of SYSTRA are SNCF and RATP. Its ambition is to serve emerging needs for collective and sustainable mobility throughout the world. With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA manages over 3,000 projects for high-speed systems, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.

Understand better who we are by visiting www.systra.com.


We are immediately hiring a Principal Engineer (CRE) to join our main works civils rail practice on a contract basis for c 6 months to lead and manage teams of Civil Engineers, Graduates and Technicians in the efficient and effective delivery of projects ensuring the needs of the Client and the business are met. You will apply company procedures and systems to promote high levels of health, safety and wellbeing of staff and other stakeholders whilst personally contributing to and leading these initiatives.

Proactively contribute to the effective and consistent implementation of SYSTRA Company policies and procedures. Support the business in work winning and engineering delivery, maximising all opportunities with Clients.

Assist in safeguarding profitability through engagement with Project Managers and promote efficient engineering delivery based on a right first time principle.


Main Duties


  • Lead design projects as directed, ensuring Client commitments are met.
  • Undertake the duties of CRE and designer as highlighted in CDM legislation.
  • Act as designer, checker and approver on projects as directed.
  • Deliver a portfolio of projects to the required quality, time and budget.
  • Monitor project and team performance against contracts and project quality plans taking necessary corrective action.
  • Manage the checking and approval process to ensure compliance with both client and business requirements.
  • Assist in marketing and work winning to maximise both company and team opportunities with Clients.
  • Carry out the role of Contractor’s Responsible Engineer on Network Rail projects or a comparable role in non-rail projects.


  • Act as Lead Engineer on projects, reporting financial progress and taking necessary corrective action.
  • Contribute to the team’s achievement of Annual Plan by meeting or exceeding project targets.



  • Day to day management, planning, leading and motivating your team.
  • Responsible for management and personnel issues for direct reports.
  • Develop staff to ensure the skills are available within the team to meet business objectives.
  • Supervise training of staff.
  • Review and monitor staff performance via the appraisal process and other methods.
  • Manage relationships with various internal and external stakeholders.
  • Apply procedures and systems to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your team and other stakeholders.


Other Responsibilities

  • Uphold and act in accordance with SYSTRA values, behaviours and strategic objectives within the context of the duties of the post.
  • Support and adhere to the SYSTRA policies on Equality, Diversion and Inclusion.
  • Comply with the requirements of the Data Protection Act and associated legislation in so far as they relate to the duties of the post.
  • Comply fully at all times with the policies relating to conduct at work.


Knowledge and Skills

  • Relevant degree.
  • Membership of a relevant professional institution.
  • Professionally qualified Chartered or Incorporated Engineer.
  • Significant CRE experience
  • Ability in the application of safety standards and CDM regulations.
  • Ability in the application and teaching of civil engineering design principles and standards.
  • Ability in the application and teaching of construction principles and standards including experience of project delivery in construction related markets.
  • Experienced at working with contractors in a design and build environment.
  • Experienced within the rail sector and ability in the use of Network Rail procedures and standards.
  • Experience of contract conditions, processes and procedures.
  • Experience of line management.
  • Experience of designing and checking civil engineering deliverables.
  • Ability in the use of Eurocodes.
  • Experience in the use of computer analysis programs.
  • Good command of written and spoken English

Systra is an equal opportunities company; this position is open to all applicants.