Principal Engineer - T&C

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

London, Reading, Birmingham, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  10-15 years
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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 10,300 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.

Main Function of Job


Apply skills and experience on range of significant railway projects, with multiple stakeholders, to provide T&C strategies/plans and deliver associated requirements. Contribute to winning new business, developing T&C capability in the UK and delivering T&C on HS2 as well as on NR CP frameworks.


Main Duties


  • Provide T&C advice and guidance for clients in ‘business as usual,’ technical refresh and new project environments.
  • Apply T&C knowledge, with creative and innovative thinking in a broad range of complex and non-routine contexts.
  • Provide T&C Strategies and Master Test Plans for Rail Systems, Stations, and Facilities, including Off-Site, DfMA, Synthetic Environments, Site Based, Dynamic and Operational.
  • Provide expert Migration Planning for new, novel, or complex Infrastuture, Rail Systems and Control Systems.
  • Define and implement a process to manage the client / project T&C management requirements capturing progress and status on appropriate dashboards.
  • Provide a logical system breakdown into commissioning lots / sub-systems to successfully execute the T&C Strategy and Plans.
  • Provide T&C contribution and associated outputs for assurance and ‘entry into service’ requirements.
  • Provide T&C quality, traceability and configuration data frameworks and management.
  • Manage the T&C programmes and critical path by implementing an effective T- structure to the testing cycle.
  • Produce and progressively manage any T&C risk assessments, determining the most cost-effective strategies and solutions in line with project organization and governance, functional and technical requirements, operational and safety constraints, schedule, and programme.
  • Help to build successful working relationships with team members, key customers and stakeholders that improves the value of the T&C services we deliver.
  • Promote and foster a T&C culture within the current Systems Engineering team.


Special Circumstances



  • Bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, systems engineering, equivalent field of study, or ability to demonstrate competency to fulfil the role requirements Experience of delivering Testing and commissioning consultancy in multi-disciplined industry environments.
  • Experience of systems Assurance processes, including risk assessments, risk management and the deployment of appropriate controls.
  • Experience of railway and complex projects environment
  • An excellent communicator, verbal (active listener) and written (able to write concisely).
  • Ability to articulate and pitch T&C advice both at a technical and non-technical level, directly to key customer stakeholders.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects and tasks concurrently, successfully balancing business and client priorities.
  • Ability to provide high-quality work under pressure that delivers expected outcomes to tight deadlines and manage client stakeholder expectations.
  • Ability to work both effectively individually and within a team in a multi-discipline environment and in a matrix organisation.
  • A keen interest in the latest technology with a focus on digital technologies
  • Flexibility over UK, and potentially overseas travel.



  • Previous significant experiences on railway T&C at global rail system and facilities level
  • Knowledge of software and digital testing on systems as signalling, comms, SCADA
  • Knowledge and experience of System Integration Facilities
  • Knowledge and experience on railway operation during tests and transfer to O&M
  • Knowledge and experience on system migration projects
  • Ambition to work in a challenging and rewarding role that provides real benefit to clients.
  • An interest in maintaining and enhancing technical and consultancy skills.
  • Experience within programme and project environments


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 or financial assistance 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.