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Engineer - OLE

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

York, 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.


We currently have an opportunity for an Engineer – Overhead Contact Systems (OCS) to join our engineering team in York or Birmingham with the flexibility of hybrid working. This position within our OCS 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 working across some of the most significant rail infrastructure projects in the UK.


The Engineer – OCS will produce OCS designs, studies and reports for railway infrastructure projects to achieve the required scope and quality. Act as Lead Engineer on projects, to ensure project budgets and programmes are achieved. Provide technical guidance to other members of the OCS Team and take an active role in ensuring safe design practices are adhered to.


Main Duties

  • Design of Contact System solutions for engineering projects in accordance with client requirements, technical standards and legislation;
  • Lead projects and provide task guidance and monitoring of performance;
  • Provide project progress reports and updates to the Team Leader and Project Management Team;
  • Achieve the scope agreed with the Design Manager/Project Co-ordinator regarding the effective delivery of projects to current engineering and safety standards;
  • Achieve personal and project targets including utilisation, delivering projects to budget and programme;
  • Assist in the development of staff to ensure the skills are available within the OCS Team to meet business objectives
  • Good relationships are maintained with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company.



Essential Experience


  • Professional qualifications: working towards Incorporated or Chartered engineer status (IMechE preferred);
  • Experience designing and delivering OCS detailed designs;
  • Knowledge of multi-disciplinary issues associated with OCS design;
  • Knowledge of construction principles and standards;
  • Knowledge of safety standards including CDM and CSM-RA;
  • 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.



  • Proficient at computer aided design (CAD) including Bentley Microstation;


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.