Professional Head - Track

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

Manchester, York, Reading, Bir, 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.


A unique opportunity to join our ever-growing Track Design team as Professional Head based from one of our key Engineering hubs, York, Manchester, Reading or Birmingham with extensive opportunity for flexible working. The person will play an important role in the technical leadership of the team, act as Track Professional Head and CRE on a range of significant rail projects, to ensure project budgets and programmes are achieved.


The position requires leading the production of permanent way engineering designs, studies and reports for railway infrastructure projects to achieve the required scope and quality. A strong technical knowledge is required, to provide guidance to other members of the Track Team and take an active role in maintaining and improving quality design processes and compliance with all required technical standards. Ensuring safe design practices are adhered to and demonstrated within designs is essential.


Main Duties:



Knowledge and Skills:




  • HNC/HND or degree in a relevant engineering field (e.g. Civil Engineering, Railway Engineering, etc.)
  • Professional qualifications: Incorporated or Chartered engineer, membership of a professional body
  • Proficient at permanent way engineering alignment design and track components specification
  • Detailed knowledge of construction principles and standards including RSSB Group Standards, Network Rail GRIP Process and Company Standards
  • Detailed knowledge of safety standards including CDM and CSM-RA
  • Experience of team management, mentoring and development
  • Experienced user of Bentley RailTrack and Microstation, plus ClearRoute 2
  • CRM: Ability to build and maintain client relationships
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Computer literate, specifically Microsoft Office packages
  • Good commercial awareness including programming and delivery to budgets and timescales
  • Transforms business performance by continuously seeking better ways of doing things
  • A self-motivated team player with the ability to motivate others, to support the business
  • Desirable
  • Knowledge of Track-Ex and dozer files production
  • Track condition survey and site construction experience
  • Knowledge of track engineering contract conditions



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.