Associate Director - Train Planning

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Consulting

Manchester, Leeds, 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 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.

We are currently seeking an Associate Director to join our Train planning team. Working on a hybrid basis balancing 60% office time with 40% home working time, this role could be undertaken with our Manchester, London or Leeds offices as a base.

The successful applicant will be responsible for developing SYSTRA’s Rail Operational Planning offer. The candidate will be expected to develop the train planning work bank, both collaboratively with colleagues as part of multi-disciplinary projects, but also independently for specialist train planning work.

In parallel to this the candidate will develop the train planning team to enhance and expand capabilities. As well as experience in using appropriate software, they will also have the ability to check, challenge and quality assure work produced by colleagues. The role will be client facing and successful candidates will be able to present the often complex and specialist concepts associated with train planning to a wide range of audiences.

The successful candidate will also work with our Professional Head of Rail Operations, to ensure that the team maintains the relevant level of competencies.


Skills and Experience

  • Experience in train planning specifically timetabling. Experience of rolling stock and train crew planning would be desirable.
  • Good knowledge of rail operational planning best practice in Great Britain and/or Ireland.
  • Knowledge and experience of appropriate software including, but not limited to, Railsys and Attune
  • Skilled in proposal and bid writing
  • Experience in client facing roles
  • Strong communicator, both written and oral


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.