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Network Design Engineer

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

Job Introduction

The railway has seen nearly 200 years of technology and innovation that has transformed how we provide services to passengers and freight customers. Technology is continuing to transform the railway industry. Imagine an exciting environment where Digital, Data, and Technology (DDaT) are not just buzzwords but the driving force behind every operation, every decision, and every solution.

As part of the DDaT directorate, you have a unique opportunity to enable our customers and industry partner with modern and transformative technology.  From the day-to-day IT operations that keeps a national railway running, to the extensive delivery programmes that our helping to reshape the railway – we are at the forefront of all of it. We operate with a talented and passionate workforce, fostering empowered individuals and teams who understand that technology is not just a tool – it's the catalyst for progress, especially in an ever-demanding industry where change is a constant.

Get ready to embark on a journey where your skills will not just be utilised; they'll be honed and expanded.   You're not just joining a team; you're becoming part of a collective force helping to build and operate a railway fit for the next 200 years!

Main Responsibility

Provide network designs for new and existing telecoms network solutions across Network Rail Telecoms estate, in conformance to Network Rail’s policies, standards and safety / corporate objectives.

Required to engineer and reverse engineer services that use the different communication network platforms over the course of the project life cycle. To develop scheme outline designs, network infrastructure designs and robust service designs to support other disciplines services utilised in the safety critical environment of the rail network

What will you be doing?

  • Provide Network Design solutions and implementation plans whilst building effective relationships with customers and managing their business requirements.
  • To develop good relationships with all departments, suppliers and handle customer’s requirements in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Undertake the role of Designer/CRE and adhere to CDM requirements where applicable such as identification and mitigation of hazards through design, which could be influenced by the telecoms system driving safety by design in accordance with NR/L2/INI/02009.
  • Produce Network Designs that adhere to schedule plans whilst maintaining a high level of quality and integrity through peer review processes.
  • Support the service offering and product catalogue, including implementation SLAs, to support customers in having a clear understanding of capabilities.
  • Support the Senior Network Design Engineer with complex design requirements, customer issues, whilst educating others to the adherence of Network Designs within the organisation.
  • Support the development of efficient and effective tools required for Network Designs, realising internal and external business benefit.
  • Working in collaboration with Network Operations to confirm existing and new services are operationally acceptable for transition into a live environment.
  • Provide Tier 4 level support to Network Rail on complex network faults, working with suppliers to make sure technical issues are controlled and where possible mitigated.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Relevant experience in the successful design and implementation of corporate telecoms network in the telecoms and/or rail industries.
  • Strong engineering/architecture network skills in relation to Network Design Engineering.
  • Significant telecoms experience across a range of technologies particularly IP with knowledge of architecture, engineering, design and operational processes.
  • Delivering high levels of customer service & satisfaction in rapidly changing and competitive telecoms environments.
  • Development of appropriate telecoms business system support strategies.
  • Knowledge of telecoms operational and business support systems / best practice supporting processes.
  • Knowledge for business quality management principles and standards.
  • Excellent communication skills at all levels.


  • Relevant Engineering Degree
  • Membership of an appropriate Professional Institution
  • Network Certification (Cisco CCNA/NP, CCDA/DP, CCIE, Juniper JNCxx),
  • Good understanding of LAN/WAN/SAN architecture
  • Knowledge of telecoms business process frameworks  (TOGAF and or ITIL V3)

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

Do you consider yourself to have a protected characteristic? If so and you require any additional support with your application, please do not hesitate to contact the Resourcer who will happily assist

Package Description

Vacancy type:  Permanent, 35 hours per week, Hybrid working of 2/3 days in the office. We welcome applications from those seeking flexible or part time hours.

Location: Flexible, York, Manchester, Milton Keynes or London 

Closing date: 7th June 2024

Interviews will take place W/C 17th June 2024, these will be held Virtually / Face to Face

Band & Salary: 4C

About the Company

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

We offer excellent benefits, including:

Generous annual leave (28 days plus statutory days), with the option to buy/sell days.

✨ Defined benefit pension scheme.

75% subsidy on rail and underground season tickets.

Up to 75% off leisure travel.

  ️ Interest-free travel loan for train and car park season tickets.

Discounts at stations with your Network Rail pass.

Flexible/hybrid working arrangements.

️ Volunteer leave to make a positive impact.

❤ Healthcare Scheme, GymPass discounts, Cycle to work plus more.

We offer generous maternity, paternity, and adoption leave to support our employees during       significant life moments

Plus, more…. 

We are proud to be recognised as a Times Top 50 Employer for Gender Equality for the third year in a row.

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.  

We're undertaking an ambitious change. Our vision is Putting Passengers First - becoming a company that is on the side of passengers and freight users. As one of the UK’s leading equal opportunities employers, our values and the way we behave is important to us and we have created an environment where we value and respect every individual's unique contribution. We have seven employee networks that provide fantastic support, opportunities and development for applicants from all backgrounds. Click here for more information 

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

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