Discipline Lead - Track

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

York, Birmingham, Manchester, 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.


SYSTRA now have a unique opportunity to join us at a strategic leadership level as Discipline Lead for Track / PWay Infrastructure Design. The role will play a significant part in driving forward our offering in this space and delivering to a high profile and important suite of design projects. Our key Engineering hubs for Track are York, Manchester and Birmingham but with our hybrid/flexible working model the right person will have significant opportunity for balancing office presence with homeworking. The Discipline Lead will adopt the role of functional line manager of the Track discipline, as well as being deployed in the delivery of projects.

This is a key role that underpins the growth of our dynamic, high performing UK delivery organisation, blending technical and commercial awareness with strong communication and people management skills.



  • Technical Leadership of discipline and assurance of production
  • Set the strategy for the discipline, including setting, and achieving the strategic team goals.
  • Client engagement and work winning.
  • Discipline resilience and growth responsibilities.
  • Leadership of the discipline including managing Team Leaders within the discipline.
  • Accountability and assurance of production.
  • Management of the capability and experience of the UK discipline team.
  • Maintaining a competence framework for the discipline as part of a wider SYSTRA Ltd competence matrix.
  • Responsible for recruitment, training, and development of staff in the discipline.
  • Safety leadership in the discipline, ensuring monthly cascades are attended, championing close call reporting, demonstrating openness and commitment to improve safety.
  • Overall management of the health, safety, and wellbeing of staff in the discipline.
  • Cascading of business communications through the discipline.



  • Proven experience with leading large teams in a ‘matrix’ organisation and / or leading significant engineering teams on a major project / programme relating to the Track discipline.
  • HNC/HND or degree in Civil, Mechanical or Railway Engineering with IEng/CEng membership of an industry recognised professional body
  • Proficient in permanent way engineering alignment design and track components specification.
  • Knowledge of multi-disciplinary issues associated with permanent way design.
  • Knowledge of construction principles and standards including RSSB Group Standards, Network Rail GRIP Process and Company Standards.
  • Knowledge of track engineering contract conditions and safety standards including CDM and CSM-RA.
  • Positive and enthusiastic leader and team player
  • Promote equality and diversity in the workplace and adopt appropriate behaviour when interacting with colleagues


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.