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Project Technical Expert - M&E

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, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.
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SYSTRA UK and Ireland currently have a unique opportunity to join our growing UK Engineering division in the significant role of Project Technical Expert – MEP. As the main point of contact within the Practice for any Technical queries relating to M&E, you will be an expert in the field, keen to put your knowledge to practical use on significant projects ranging across High-Speed rail.

This is a great time to join SYSTRA. We believe we have adapted to new methods and models of working in the best way possible and we can now offer this role on a hybrid working model, where the successful candidate will be based from our Birmingham office, but be able to blend working from home with being in the office as benefits the projects they are working on. 

This is a key role that underpins the growth of our dynamic, high performing UK delivery organisation, blending technical and commercial awareness with strong communication skills. If this sounds like you or the kind of role you would be interest in, we would be delighted to receive your application.

Main Duties


  • Act as the Senior Discipline Technical Lead on a significant size project, this role is the discipline technical authority for delivery on a project
  • Support the Practice Director with the team development in accordance with the strategic plan. Act as a coach/mentor on a project level to all levels of the design team and to support on all matters of a technical nature, agreeing the resolution and communicating the way forward clearly to all internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify and promote any areas of skills diversification to meet the requirements for team growth and the future work bank
  • Ensure that any discipline technical matters between respective CRE’s are prioritised and any issues requiring technical interfaces are agreed and suitably resolved / managed as escalation requires 
  • Ensure compliance with Eurocodes, British Standards, Technical Specification for Interoperability, Railway Standards and knowledge of guidance available from industry research bodies 
  • Performing the duties as required of the lead discipline interface / Package Manager on those specific projects to the Senior Project Manager / Project Director.
  • Ensure the team are managing up the chain with early warning raised, design close calls captured, and communication is of a high standard.
  • Lead interface into Tendering for any significant size new work opportunities and any new opportunities involving new clients, markets, or skills diversification 
  • Client engagement and Work Winning
  • Support the Practice Director / Discipline Lead in identifying and growing a sustainable pipeline of opportunities in the discipline across the UK & Ireland market

Experience required

  • Professional qualifications: Incorporated or Chartered engineer, or equivalent.
  • Professional membership: Membership of an industry recognised professional body.
  • Detailed knowledge of design and the technical requirements of the typical Network Rail ICE or NEC3 conditions of contract.
  • Deep technical expertise in the MEP Discipline 
  • Detailed understanding of the Safe by Design principles and the Design responsibility and requirements for build under Construction Design & Management regulations of 2015.
  • Detailed knowledge of the applicable industry and client standard (Network Rail/ Tfl / HS2).
  • Previous senior design and leadership experience in a similar organisation.

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

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