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Design Engineer [B&C][Geotech]

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Calling Geotechnical Engineers!

Looking for your next role and a new challenge?

Do you have Geotechnical knowledge & experience?

Do you have a working knowledge of railway standards, Eurocode 7 and UK annex design codes, ground investigation in addition to construction contracts and specifications?

Do you have experience on a variety of Geotechnical schemes and leading on project engineering deliverables? ?

If so, please read below as this may be the role for you!

Network Rails Design Delivery (NRDD) Geotechnical & Drainage team work across all Regions of Network Rail on a broad range of projects from early stage design development through to detailed design, site supervision & verification of construction works.  The team provides support for emergency and reactive projects and work in a highly collaborative manner with clients and delivery teams.

The types of projects the team deliver include earthworks (embankment & cuttings), rock slopes, ground investigations (including GIR & GDR’s), foundation designs and assessment, rainfall catchment analysis & drainage system design and scour assessments.  The team has access to a full suite of software which allows us to assess slope stability, design foundations & piles, retaining walls and undertake settlement assessments and drainage design.

Main Responsibility

What will you be doing?

A typical week can be highly varied and involve office-based design activity from Desk Studies to detailed software analysis, stakeholder engagement, engagement with suppliers, site based activity including supervision of investigations, supervision of construction activities, assessment of existing earthworks and structures.


The team undertake work on single and also multi-disciplinary projects working alongside our NRDD colleagues in Track, Signalling, Civils & Structures, Buildings & Architecture and M&E teams on complex and challenging regional and national projects to deliver innovative and award winning projects and delivering efficiencies and improved risk management.  The team comprises Geotechnical Engineers, Engineering Geologists and Civil Engineers.  Professional development leading to Chartered status is encouraged and actively supported within the team complimented by targeted training and coaching to support staff achieve their goals.


We are looking for an enthusiastic and supportive team member with the skills to lead by example, critically evaluate the work done by others, and clearly communicate technical detail to both a technical and non-technical audience.


In this role you will need technical expertise and experience in assessing risks and solutions related to geotechnical engineering & drainage activities, with particular reference to the railway environment. Any previous experience of undertaking and managing: desk studies, design, procuring & supervising Ground Investigations (GIs); producing and checking of Ground Investigation Reports & Geotechnical Design Reports in accordance with the requirements of Eurocode 7 : Part 1 is advantageous. You will typically have experience of soil mechanics, foundation design (shallow and piled), retaining wall design (gravity and embedded), slope stability and engineering geology.


It would also be great if you have working knowledge of railway standards, Eurocode 7 and UK annex design codes, ground investigation and construction contracts and specifications. Familiarity and an ability to interrogate a wide range of geotechnical software for the design of civil engineering projects including earthworks/slope stability, deep and shallow foundations (including pile group analysis), embedded and gravity retaining walls; and reinforced earthworks would also be advantageous. This is in addition to experience in managing large datasets and also utilising GIS, CAD or Open Ground would be beneficial.


The role will be based out of York and you will be typically working on projects based in the Eastern Region. You will be responsible for checking and approving deliverables and undertaking the role of Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) in accordance with NR/L2/RSE/02009.

The Ideal Candidate

Meet the essential criteria/ Apply today to join our team!

  • An engineering degree or equivalent industry-recognised training qualification.
  • A demonstrable aptitude for option development.
  • Strong evaluation and decision-making skills.
  • Competent to act as Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) or experience as Lead Engineer on schemes outside of the railway industry.
  • A working knowledge of rail engineering; relevant successful experience working in the principal discipline and an adequate understanding of all other related disciplines.
  • An ability to work and communicate effectively in a team context.
  • An appreciation of all the life cycle stages of rail infrastructure.
  • CDM, Risk Assessment competency.


Also, it would great if you could have

  • Membership or working towards membership of an appropriate professional institution (e.g. ICE, Geolsoc etc).
  • Experience in design, construction and maintenance.
  • A working knowledge of rail engineering
  • Formal qualifications in risk identification and assessment.
  • Basic Project Management Skills.
  • Strong Interpersonal and team working skills.
  • Broad knowledge of H&S legislation.
  • Understanding of Environmental Requirements of Geotechnical & Drainage schemes.
  • Basic knowledge of Quality Management.
  • Competent in exercising the Designer’s obligations of CDM.
  • Assist with training and mentoring of junior engineers and trainees

Who we are looking for?

We are committed to a diverse workplace enriched with representation from diverse cultures, backgrounds and skills. We pride ourselves on creating an environment where difference is embraced, and individuals can thrive. We recognise that the success of the team is dependent on a multi-cultural, multi-disciplined group of individuals, aligned to deliver successful solutions.

At Network Rail, we have a number of employee networks to reflect our diverse population and help to raise issues to the wider workforce and support their membership and support our Everybody Matters strategy, led by our central Diversity & Inclusion team. We have Diversity & Inclusion Champions who take part and lead on many activities, to drive through more initiatives to support an inclusive environment for all its people and promote a professional and positive working environment. For more information on Diversity & Inclusion at Network Rail, please follow this link

Package Description

Design Engineer [B&C][Geotech]

Vacancy Type: Full-time but flexible working patterns will be considered.

Duration: Permanent. 

Location: York

Closing date: 10th August 2022

Band & Salary: Band 4C - (£40,107 - £45,120)

At Network rail you will have a clear development path, access to training and enjoy a range of employee benefits, such as; up to 28 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rail subsidies, a range of pension options, flexible and agile working arrangements, discounts on shopping, gym memberships and much more. 

Click ‘apply for this job’ to apply. If you would like to speak the Resourcing Team please contact georgina.brookes@networkrail.co.uk


About the Company

We’re an organisation where people matter. We matter to millions. 


Our role is to run a safe, reliable and efficient railway, serving customers and communities. We exist to get people and goods where they need to be and to support our country’s economic prosperity. Safety is our number one priority.  

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