HSEQ Project Director

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Construction management

London, 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 9,600 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.


SYSTRA are looking to expand our Signature Team in the UK, working on high profile infrastructure projects such as Crossrail, HS2 and Transpennine Route Upgrade, 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 now seeking to strengthen and grow our Engineering team in London, by recruiting an experienced HSEQ Lead.


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


This is a fantastic opportunity for an enthusiastic Health, Safety, Environment and Quality Director to further their career in a highly motivated and inspirational environment on major infrastructure projects.


The role


To provide leadership and motivation via effective communication to all levels of the project to bring the project values of Respect, Leadership, Integrity, and Safety to life.


Main Duties


The HSEQ lead is accountable for the following:

  • Empowering people to deliver excellence across all HSEQ functions but also the wider project.
  • Liaise with and report to the client on all HSEQ matters.
  • Development, update, and implementation of the project IMS.
  • Accountable for the HSEQ processes.
  • Ensure surveillance and monitoring is established to provide assurance to the SLT and the client that all project processes are correctly implemented.
  • Accountable for HSEQ, including recruitment, day to day management, yearly assessment of performance, and the teams personal Health and Safety.
  • Present the monthly HSEQ performances to the client in the monthly meeting, and weekly to the SLT.
  • Encourage a culture of innovation across all HSEQ functions.


Specific responsibilities per discipline are as follow:



  • Ensure that client or SLT raised issues are dealt with in a timely fashion.
  • Participate in the weekly client/project progress meetings.
  • Support the Environmental Manager(s) in delivery of project environmental matters.

Health and Safety and Wellbeing:

  • Is the main point of contact for the HS&W matters for the client.
  • Chair the Project Safety Forum (monthly meeting of all the HS Directors) and participate (as the main speaker for the project) with the Project Director in the monthly meeting.
  • Manage the HS&W team through the Health and Safety Manager
  • Work proactively with the procurement team and supply chain to maintain required standards and promote continual improvement in performance.
  • Ensure all accidents and incidents are thoroughly investigated.
  • Provide support and advice on Health and Safety by Design.
  • Promote specific HS&W initiatives and support the client’s Safe at Heart programme. 

Quality, Hand-Over and Commissioning:

  • Support the Quality Manger in assuring application of “right first time” methodology for all phases of the project
  • Monitor audit schedules and performance against ISO 9001 standard requirements.
  • Promote the use of Digital tools and technology.

Information Management (mostly Data Management and Document Control)

  • Support the IM manager in management of IM requirements including assets.
  • Promote the use of Digital tools and technology.


Required Experience


  • Good knowledge of the engineering, construction, and/or rail industry
  • Management experience at director’s level and strategic thinker
  • Ability to relate at both board level and operative levels.


The following experiences are desirable:


  • IEMA certification (Environment)
  • Quality Auditor qualification
  • Experience in Information Management and Commissioning process



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.



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:

reasonableadjustments@systra.com 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.