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Head of Digital

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

York, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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The global leader in public transport infrastructure, SYSTRA has specialised in the mass transit and rail market since 1957. The main shareholders of SYSTRA are SNCF and RATP. Its ambition is to serve emerging needs for collective and sustainable mobility throughout the world. With a presence in 80 countries, SYSTRA manages over 3,000 projects for high-speed systems, traditional rail lines, metros and tramways throughout the world.
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The Head of Digital is a new and exciting role required to enable Systra to meet the challenges of our growing business, provide focus on and drive excellence across our digital services and project delivery.  This role brings together three core digital functions: Information Management, BIM Management and Project Technology, in addition to developing a fully transverse digital business function including: digital innovation and new services; business systems; tools and process and competence, Learning and Development. The role can be based from any of our key offices with a focus on York, Manchester and Birmingham and significant flexibility to work from home.

The Head of Digital will provide leadership and direction to business units, delivery teams and projects. They will develop strategy to establish and deliver a business plan working with the Systra Technical Director business sections leads. 


Main Duties


  • Establish and roll out business strategy and change plan for Digital 
  • Management and development of Core digital teams to support project delivery and align Systra Ltd on digital services and delivery.
  • BIM coordination and Management – Digital Engineering
  • Information Management and Control
  • Project Technology and solution development
  • Review and prepare a development plan for the core digital teams and services covering people, processes and systems.
  • Support projects and disciplines to develop digital solutions.
  • Provide digital compliance, governance and reporting on a monthly basis across Systra ltd
  • Ensure projects are compliant with our IMS and client requirements
  • Advise and update IMS process and guidance.
  • Work with HR / L&D to ensure Systra have the right competence and digital Learning and Development is structured and driven across Systra ltd.
  • Support the development and growth of technical teams, by ensuring suitable skills and competencies are identified, assessed and developed
  • Support and develop the Systra Digital Apprentice programme – Systra Digital Academy


Required Experience, Knowledge and Skills 


  • Degree Qualified
  • Chartered Professional - Membership of professional institute
  • Accreditation or certification to recognised bodies
  • Membership or participation on UK / international committees, forums or steering groups
  •  Proven track record in delivering digital solutions, establishing strategic plans and delivering business change in an engineering and infrastructure environment.
  •  Knowledge of Network Rail and/or HS2 digital systems and solutions
  •  Knowledge of BIM and collaboration tools
  •  Integrity and high professional standards in line with the Engineering council Charted Engineer attributes
  • Exhibit a zero-tolerance approach to unprofessional, unethical or unsafe behaviours
  • Experience of collaborative working relationships


Systra is an equal opportunities company; this position is open to all applicants.

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