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Senior Design Engineer [Track]

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

Job Introduction

What you can expect from the leadership within Engineering Services

“I am a firm believer in creating the right environment, providing the right tools and instilling trust in our people to deliver the best they can for themselves and for the team.  Our people are our shop front, are our brand, are our ambassadors and giving opportunities to excel is paramount to enable us to deliver on our promise to our customers.  For me finding solutions to challenging problems is why we exist as a team, this could drive efficiency in what we do day in day out or coming up with bespoke solutions to industry problems.  Breaking down the building blocks to enable greater understanding of a problem is the way our inquisitive team works and by then rebuilding using our collective capabilities in an open, caring and trusting environment is how we systematically solve unique challenges for the industry, and our passenger” Leevan Finney, Engineering Services Director

Who you would work for…

Engineering Services is a function within Route Services.  We sit as a central team to provide national skills and activities which enable regions and industry partners to deliver the railway for our customers. 

As a large central functional team which focus on engineering delivery, we have many roles from pure engineering to project management and touch every part of the railway from track, power, signalling to the lifts and escalators which are essential to keep our stations moving.  

Being multi-disciplinary means we have great opportunities to work in design, development or even the delivery of activities such as our own points operating equipment which move trains from one track to another up to 125mph. 

We are recruiting for a specific role within the team, and we need an enthusiastic, motivated and inspiring individual to join our team. 

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Main Responsibility

You will lead the ES DD (Engineering Services Design Delivery) Track Design team in Wales & Western (Swindon, Bristol and Cardiff). You will be responsible for line management ensuring that the team functions on a day to day basis and all completed design work is Considered, Customer Focussed, Cost-Efficient and Correct.

You will act as CRE (Contractor’s Responsible Engineer) over a range of projects across PACE 0-2 (GRIP 1-5) and you will also be responsible for assuring and checking designs completed by other ES DD designers.

You will regularly work on complex, multi-discipline projects and demonstrate excellent teamwork skills by working with a range of other engineering disciplines to ensure that all design work is properly integrated and assured.

You will manage the resources within the team, to ensure we develop a healthy future work-bank and meet the expectations from our clients. You will need to motivate and drive performance within the team and support their professional development.

For more information regarding the main responsibilities of this role, please find the full job description attached below.

The Ideal Candidate

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

  • An engineering degree or equivalent industry-recognised training qualification.
  • CEng / IEng equivalent relevant to the discipline (or working towards)
  • A demonstrable aptitude for option development.
  • Strong evaluation and decision-making skills.
  • 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, Auditing and risk assessment competencies.
  • Proven CRE Experience

Desirable but not essential

  • Six Sigma Yellow Belt
  • Membership of a relevant engineering professional institution.
  • Experience in design, installation and maintenance.
  • Formal qualifications in risk identification and assessment.
  • Yellow book course.

Package Description

Vacancy Type: Full time 35 hours per week (flexible patterns will be considered)

Location: Any of our South West offices (Swindon, Bristol, Cardiff, Reading)

Closing Date: 6th June 2024

We have 2 permanent positions available.

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

We are an organisation who cares about our employees and our employee benefits reflect this these include, Flexible working patterns, A range of pension schemes, Healthcare Scheme and so much more. Access to ‘My Benefits’ portal which include discounts in food, technology and experience days.

Who we are and what we care about!

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 recognize that the success of the team is dependent on a multi-cultural, multi-disciplined group of individuals, aligned to deliver successful solutions.

Because of this passion for change we have been voted as one of the Stonewall’s Top 100 employers for leading LGBT+ inclusive employers, click here to view more The Full List: Top 100 Employers 2022 (

We car about our people and as a Disability Confident Leader and as part of the recruitment journey any candidate who meets the essential criteria and has declared they have a disability will be invited to an interview for the role they apply for, this is just small part of our inclusive recruitment approach.

At Network Rail, we have many 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.

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. 

About the Company

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 for you and your family (subject to terms and conditions)

️ 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

(External and Contractors) Drugs and Alcohol Standard:

Please note, all prospective external candidates offered a conditional role will be required to undergo and pass a drugs and alcohol test. Your application will be rescinded if you record a positive test. All positive drugs and alcohol test results for prospective candidates will be securely held on the Sentinel database and will incur a five-year suspension from applying for a safety critical role, a role which requires PTS certification, or a key safety role on Network Rail Managed Infrastructure.

Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd

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