Digital Engineering Lead

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

Birmingham, York, 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 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.


The Digital Engineering Lead is a new and exciting leadership role that will enable SYSTRA to meet the challenges of a highly successful and growing business providing focus on, and driving excellence across, our digital engineering services and project delivery. The role can be based from any of our key UK Engineering offices (ideally York, Birmingham or Manchester) with the flexibility of hybrid working.

SYSTRA have a highly skilled and experienced digital engineering and Information Management team providing cutting edge solutions and systems supporting Engineering Design and Construction Delivery on some of the largest and most complex infrastructure projects in the world.   

The Digital Engineering Lead will be responsible for developing and delivering the UK & Ireland Digital Engineering Strategy including: Sales and services, capabilities, systems, process and innovation, and will bring together our Digital Engineering, Information Management and Project Technology teams into fully transverse business function.   

The role will provide direct leadership and management of the Digital Engineering, Information Management, Information Control and Project Technology teams that are currently delivering on UK and overseas projects, including HS2 and some of the largest UK conventional rail projects.   The role will build on existing capabilities to consolidate and advance digital engineering capabilities and services to ensure SYSTRA remain at the forefront of technological change, including automation and use of AI within our own projects and to influence how engineering and construction project are delivered.

SYSTRA are driving digital advancement across our international business units.  The UK & Ire DE lead role will work closely with global digital leads to develop a fully connected team. SYSTRA are committed to investing in emerging technologies and services so the DE Lead will work closely with senior leadership to identify and advise on digital M&A, partnering and investment opportunities that align to, enhance and expand SYSTRA’s own capabilities and services.


Main Duties:

  • Provide ownership of the UK/IRE digital engineering strategy working closely with UK & Ireland Technical Director and senior leadership team.
  • Management and development of Core digital engineering teams to support project delivery grow digital services and capabilities.
  • Enhance digital engineering compliance, governance, and reporting across SYSTRA Ltd.
  • Drive and enhance learning and development to ensure SYSTRA continually develops our people.
  • As part of the digital engineering strategy work with the UK&IRE technical director and UK Sale Director to set out a digital Engineering growth and sales plan. 
  • Develop the Digital Engineering Innovation programme working with the SYSTRA Improvement and Innovation lead.
  • Drive industry engagement across SYSTRA Ltd, and the wider industry sector.
  • Support collaboration across our technical teams and wider technical networks across SYSTRA Globally. 


Qualifications and Experience Required:

  • Ideally Degree Qualified and Chartered Professional/Membership of professional institute.
  • 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 from a relevant industry background.
  • Proven track record in delivering Engineering, Digital or BIM solutions and systems for complex infrastructure projects, Ideally with experience in Rail but not essential.  
  • Ideally 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





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.