Economics Analyst - Rail

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 Consultants, Senior Consultants and Principal Consultants in the Rail Advisory business unit. This role could be based in any of our London, Woking, Leeds, Manchester or Dublin offices and will be offered on a hybrid basis, with a split of office-based and home working. The successful candidate will be a rail economist, modeller or similar with a proven track record in undertaking work such as: cost benefit appraisal (CBA); demand, cost and performance forecasting; rail passenger demand research; and producing business cases for rail and transport improvement projects.


They will support the development and growth in our key markets in the UK and Ireland by leading and undertaking work for clients such as the UK Department for Transport, Irish Rail Train Operating Companies/Owning Groups and Local Authorities. This will involve working closely with our team in the UK and Ireland to deliver high-quality work for clients, leading team on specific tasks and projects where appropriate. They will also contribute to successful tenders for future work. Specific project and tender involvement will depend on the skills and experience of the candidate. The successful candidate will also collaborate on multi-disciplinary projects and tenders, working with colleagues across our business units.

For more experienced candidates the role will involve significant levels of client interaction, working with client representatives to agree the scope of work and timelines for delivery, and liaising regularly work process.


A selection of the following skills and experience will be required:


  • A relevant degree (economics, maths, transport economics, etc).
  • Expertise in railway and transport economics.
  • Expertise in using and applying the UK Department for Transport’s Transport Analysis Guidance (TAG, formerly WebTAG) and/or using and applying the Irish Department of Transport’s Transport Appraisal Framework (TAF).
  • Experience in the use of computer analysis programmes, common to the rail sector. For example, MOIRA, MOIRA2.2, ATTune, Planet, R, Stata.
  • Proven track record of delivering high-quality project work.
  • Ability to contribute to successful tenders for work.
  • Highly numerate and competent in the use of Microsoft Excel
  • Team leadership and line management experience.


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.