Principal Rail Engineer

Country/Region:  IE
Field:  Engineering

Dublin, IE

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


We are currently seeking an Experienced Principal/Associate Rail Engineer with a specialism in a specific discipline (e.g. track, civils) and an appreciation of the other main disciplines.

The role will be to form and develop our early-stage feasibility and concept design capability and market in Ireland working with colleagues across the business and reporting to our Business Director for Rail Advisory.

The successful candidate will take responsibility for the efficient and effective delivery of the engineering components of multi-disciplinary projects, ensuring the needs of the client and the business are met.

The role will be based in our Dublin office but will involve working closely with colleagues in the UK generally, and potentially in support of UK projects (e.g. Transpennine Route upgrade, HS2) . 

The candidate will proactively contribute to the effective development of the team in Ireland  and implement  company policies and procedures whilst maximising all opportunities with clients. As a Chartered Engineer they will apply company procedures and systems to promote high levels of health, safety and wellbeing of staff and other stakeholders. They will also assist in safeguarding profitability through engagement with Project Managers and promote efficient engineering delivery based on a "right first time" principle. This is a line management role and the post-holder will be responsible for expanding the skill set of the team as well as contributing to furthering company ventures as they develop.

Skills and Experience 
A relevant degree in the Engineering space.

Membership of a relevant professional institution.

Professionally qualified Chartered or Incorporated Engineer

Ability in the application of safety standards, regulations and in the application and teaching of 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 working with contractors in a design and build environment.

Experienced within the rail sector and ability in the use of relevant Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) procedures and standards.

Experience of contract conditions, processes and procedures.

Ability in programming, budgets and timescales

Experience of the transportation sector.

Experience of designing and checking engineering deliverables.

Team leadership and line management experience.

Understands the principles and application of early-stage engineering cost estimates

Experience in the use of computer analysis programmes.

Knowledge of UK CDM regulations and Network Rail procedures and standards.


Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.