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Principal Engineer - Rivers

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

Birmingham, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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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, conventional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.


SYSTRA are looking to expand our Signature Team in the UK, working on high profile infrastructure projects such as HS2 and TransPennine upgrade, we are building on our 50 years of success in the UK by growing our team and looking for passionate people to deliver projects across our portfolio.


We are expanding our Environment and Water teams in the UK, we have a strong forward workload delivering high profile infrastructure projects. We are now seeking to strengthen and grow our UK Water Resources team in our Birmingham office, initially working as part of our Main Works Civils High Speed 2 project team, by recruiting an experienced Watercourse/Hydrology/Rivers Engineer.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a range of experience within the Civil Engineering/Environmental and rivers/Coastal industry.


This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Watercourse/Hydrology/Rivers Engineer to further their career in a highly motivated and inspirational environment.




  • Communicate with the Client and with Project Engineers to understand project requirements.
  • Undertake research and investigations to develop a clear understanding of the project requirements
  • Plan, specify and manage flood risk assessments and packages of work
  • Lead project teams to deliver work packages
  • Work with project teams to develop project specific solutions in relation to river engineering.
  • Work with the wider project team in the presentation of programme/project information to others
  • Assist the team leadership in the development of Client relationships and contribute to the training and development of other team members.




  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Engineering or relevant Science subject
  • Experience of fluvial flood modelling software – ideally HEC-RAS
  • Experience of hydraulic analysis, including weirs and gates discharge capacity; hydraulic jump; scour protection etc.
  • Knowledge of Flood Risk Assessments, Surface Water Drainage, and/or SuDS Design
  • Experience of developing and delivering river design solutions and checking of design deliverables and outputs
  • Experience of coordinating and managing modelling studies and flood risk projects
  • Experience of carrying out technical reviews of hydraulic models
  • GIS experience
  • Project management experience/awareness i.e. understanding of project programmes and critical path, change management, quality assurance
  • Strong communication and workload management skills



In return, we offer a very competitive salary with a comprehensive and attractive benefits package with opportunities for flexible working and career development.


Please note, we do have a preferred supplier list for the provision of recruitment services and we will not accept unsolicited CVs from suppliers not currently on our PSL.


SYSTRA is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. We are an Equal Opportunities Employer and value applications from all.