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Principal Engineer - Track

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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SYSTRA are hiring! We currently have a challenging and exciting opportunity for a Principal Track Engineer to join our design side engineering team in one of our UK offices (ideally York, Manchester, Birmingham, Reading). This position within our Track team will suit an experienced Track Design Engineer who can demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in a busy team working across some of the most high-profile, flagship rail infrastructure projects in the UK


The Principal Engineer – Permanent Way will lead the production of permanent way engineering designs, studies and reports for railway infrastructure projects to achieve the required scope and quality. Act as Track CRE as directed on specific projects. Lead projects, to ensure project budgets and programmes are achieved. Provide technical guidance to other members of the Track Team and take an active role in ensuring safe design practices are adhered to.


Main Duties


  • Lead the design of permanent way solutions for engineering projects in accordance with client requirements
  • Act as Track CRE and checker on specific projects as directed by the Team Leader
  • Lead projects and provide task guidance and monitoring of performance
  • Provide project progress reports and updates to the Track 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.
  • Secure business by developing and maintaining contacts with clients and identify business opportunities.
  • Ensure good relationships are maintained with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company.
  • Manage and develop staff both on a daily basis and through the appraisal process in order to ensure the required skills are available within the department to meet business objectives.


Essential Experience


  • Professional qualifications: Incorporated or Chartered engineer, membership of a professional body
  • Proficient at permanent way engineering alignment design and track components specification.
  • Detailed knowledge of multi-disciplinary issues associated with permanent way design.
  • Detailed knowledge of construction principles and standards including RSSB Group Standards, Network Rail GRIP Process and Company Standards.
  • Detailed knowledge of track engineering contract conditions and 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.
  • Knowledge of Track-Ex and standard deviation production.


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

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