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Principal Bridge Engineer

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

Glasgow, GB

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 have an immediate opportunity for an experienced Principal Bridge Engineer to join our nationally focussed bridge assessment, repair, refurbishment and renewals design team with a focus on highways and conventional rail projects. The Principal Bridge Engineer will join a growing team which delivers on challenging and high-profile projects across the UK. The role has long term flexibility to work from home balanced with collaborative work from our Glasgow office. Our current team workload includes significant input on the TransPennine Route Upgrade East of Leeds Project as well as a number of bridge repair, maintenance and renewal packages with Design and Build contractors.

This position within our bridge engineering team will suit a committed and ambitious engineer who can demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in both delivering projects and growing relationships with new and existing clients. The role also provides an opportunity to guide the growth and development a dynamic high-performance team.

Senior Bridge Engineers are responsible for leading the delivery of allocated civil engineering work packages.


Main Duties:

  • Identification of the key resources and timescales required to deliver projects.
  • To take a leading role in the delivery of Bridge Design input through the Glasgow bridges team supporting Engineering and Consultancy Highway projects and conventional rail projects.
  • Build relationships with D&B Contractors to grow workload in the bridge refurbishment and renewal market
  • To provide guidance to junior team members on best practice in preparation of design submissions
  • To complete robust checking of design submissions to ensure they meet with current standards and client expectations.
  • Leading the development of technical solutions to client remits
  • Responsible for the discipline strategy, recruitment and development of staff
  • Good relationships are maintained with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company
  • Ensuring compliance with Company, Client, National and International standards and policies


         Experience Required:

  • Degree in Civil/Structural Engineering
  • Chartered Civil/Structural Engineer
  • Experience of carrying out Principal Engineer role in highway bridge design across a range of structure types
  • Experience of providing technical leadership to design teams
  • Experience of working on Network Rail Bridge Assessments an advantage but not essential
  • Development and leadership of developing teams


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.