Principal Engineer - Traction Power

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

York, Manchester, Birmingham, , 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 have a new opportunity for an experienced Principal Traction Power /HV Electrical Engineer to join our high performing, growing engineering team.  The Principal Traction Power / Electrical Engineer will focus on the delivery of HV Design aligned to significant rail and non-rail specific projects in the UK and Ireland with opportunity for involvement in global project delivery.

This position within our MEP engineering team will suit a committed and ambitious engineer who can demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in a dynamic high-performance team. The role can be based from our York, Birmingham, Manchester, Reading or London offices with the flexibility of hybrid working.



Main Duties:

The Principal Traction Power / HV Electrical Engineer’s main duties will be to establish and lead a team of Electrical Engineers responsible for traction power and HV design projects, reporting to the Team Leader / Discipline Lead M&E, act as Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) and Lead Engineer on traction power and HV electrical projects allocated to them by the Discipline Lead M&E. Additional responsibilities:


  • Ensuring projects are completed to meet all client’s requirements and applicable standards
  • Ensuring projects are completed to the agreed project programme and budget
  • Plan the project works and provide forward view resource forecasting to enable the team leader to allocate suitable resource to the projects
  • Identify changes to the projects client requirements and raise the changes with the SYSTRA Project Management Team. Providing monthly cost to complete forecasts
  • Ensuring the training and development needs of the traction power team are met to serve the clients’/projects requirements
  • Management of electrical engineers on Traction Power / HV allocated projects
  • Maintaining good relationships with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company
  • Maintaining good relationships with Engineers from other internal discipline teams to promote good inter-discipline working relationships and a “One Team” ethos


Experience Required:

  • Qualified to HNC or equivalent in Electrical Engineering or similar field
  • Ideally an Incorporated or Chartered Engineer
  • Professional experience in both high-voltage (HV) and low-voltage (LV) applications, particularly with a focus on Traction Power Design
  • Good knowledge of conventional rail traction power systems, including 25kV AC, is essential Knowledge of high-speed rail, light rail/metro, 1500V DC, 750V DC is an advantage
  • Demonstrate familiarity with client standards and related technical specifications from organizations such as National Grid, SSE, Scottish Power, UKPN, WPD, ENWL, etc
  • Detailed knowledge of multi-disciplinary issues associated with HV and traction power design
  • Detailed knowledge of construction principles and standards associated with HV and traction power design
  • Flexibility in working hours will be required to meet the demands of the role
  • Ability to travel to client sites and other SYSTRA offices will be required


Desirable Experience:

  • Knowledge of ETAP and CDEGS Software
  • Experience in working with offshore Production Centres
  • Significant engineering design and site experience in a similar consultancy or contractor organisation





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.