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Project Technical Expert - Track

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 are currently seeking a Project Technical Expert with significant specialist Track Design experience to drive design delivery of a significant Track package. This is a great time to join SYSTRA, we are currently working to deliver high profile projects across high-speed rail and conventional rail, with further significant growth opportunities in the pipeline.

The Technical Expert will be the technical lead for significant projects, ensuring that technical decisions and communications on the project(s) are clear and coordinated with all Stakeholders including Project and Engineering Management. 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. 
This role could be based from any of our UK engineering offices, adopting a hybrid working model blending home working with time in our Birmingham office as necessary for the project. Our priority is finding the right individual to excel in this key role and we would be very interested to hear from you if you believe you fulfil the requirements listed below.

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 Track design – particularly any exposure to high speed rail
  • 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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