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Rivers Design Manager

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

Birmingham, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
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, 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 Crossrail and HS2, 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 Rivers Design Manager.


The ideal candidate will be able to demonstrate a range of experience within the Civil Engineering/Environment/Infrastructure sectors.


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




  • Be an integral Senior member of the Environment Team and more specifically the Rivers Group, developing the technical capability of the discipline.
  • Support and assist on project deliverables, particularly on HS2 MWCC, and with the general operations of the Discipline such as recruitment, business development, line management and CPD.
  • Implement systems and procedures to maintain a cost effective, high quality, safe and environmentally responsible approach to design, construction, commissioning and other activities on relevant projects, compliant with all relevant legislation.
  • Monitor the progress of environmental design development against programme and budgets
  • Develop and maintain resource allocation plans against allocated projects
  • Liaise with other discipline Design Managers to balance resources across the portfolio
  • Liaise with construction and procurement teams to ensure design timescales satisfy overall delivery objectives. 
  • Support the Bid Manager with all aspects of Tender Preparation.
  • Development and review of ‘design management’ documentation and ensuring its correct use and application
  • Preparation of monthly progress reports and chairing design progress meetings
  • Progress projects through preliminary and detailed design with emphasis on client requirements, value for money and innovation
  • Liaise with clients and ensure their requirements are effectively communicated to the team
  • Liaise with and co-ordinate UK and overseas multi-disciplinary design teams
  • Ensure compliance with relevant health, safety and environmental legislation, particularly the CDM Regulations
  • Supervise team members including all APM’s, Graduates and Apprentices.
  • Project administration including monitoring programme delivery, resources and budgets
  • Checks to ensure compliance with the Integrated Management System and assist in its development
  • Implement effective, value for money and innovative design solutions to meet technical and project requirements
  • Ensure the identification of contract change from within the Environmental design team and work with the Change Manager to administer change in accordance with the contract requirements
  • Assist and support the Engineering Manager and Project Director where required
  • Identify new markets, clients and work streams to develop the ‘Environment’ function of the business




  • Bachelors or Master’s degree in Civil Engineering or relevant subject
  • Chartered Engineer (MICE or CIWEM)
  • Experience in investigation of flooding problems and the design of solutions for flood risk management - working with or for the Environment Agency/Local Lead Flood Authority
  • Knowledge of procedures in estimating hydrology for catchments - experience in FEH analysis and producing flows for models and catchment management
  • Water resource availability / deployable output assessment and analysis, incorporating consideration of climate change impacts
  • Practical knowledge and experience of drainage design, assessment, and maintenance work


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.

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