Senior Railway Systems Engineer

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Construction, Management, Transport, Logistics
West Midlands
£70,000 to £77,000 per annum
VGC Perssonnel Ltd
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Job title: Senior Railway Systems Engineer

Reporting to: Project Engineering Manager

Directorate: Development

Location: Birmingham

Salary: Up to �77k p/a


* To lead the development of all aspects of the railway system development to support submission of the Hybrid Bill. This requires coordination throughout the organisation, facilitating the assurance of technical submissions from Professional Service Consultants (PSCs) to determine end to end compliance with standards and requirements of the totality of the Phase Two network.


* Act as the interface between the development directorate and the Railway Operations Directorate.
* Ensure the Hybrid Bill designs for HS2 Phase Two meets the requirements of the ‘end state’ railway in terms of operability and reliability.
* Lead the provision of expert technical and engineering input from a railway systems perspective to support the Hybrid Bill design through parliament including additional provisions, freedom of information requests, and technical requests.
* Provide technical guidance to the Area teams, drawing on expertise from within HS2 to inform and support PSCs in delivering the whole railway system.
* Act as the interface between Technical Directorate and the area teams ensuring design development and issues are consistently addressed.
* Identify, assess and manage project wide design risks.


* Degree in Electrical, Mechanical Engineering or Civil Engineering or relevant industry experience
* Chartered engineer (or equivalent relevant experience).
* Extensive knowledge of railway operations / engineering design principles required to achieve optimal design outputs.
* Detailed knowledge of conventional railway systems and an appreciation of High Speed railway systems and their differences.
* Ability to carry out robust independent checks on a wide variety of designs and produce, interpret and assess specifications, standards and technical reports.
* Ability to resolve complex design problems, demonstrating a tenacious approach to tackling problems whilst maintaining attention to detail.
* Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a range of multidisciplinary stakeholders, demonstrating excellent influencing skills.
* Ability to communicate, engage and influence a variety of stakeholders through working within a
* matrix organisation.
* Strong written and spoken communication skills, strong interpersonal and influencing skills.
* Strong team management, planning and organisational skills, and the ability to deliver under pressure to meet tight deadlines whilst gathering input from other functions.
* At least 3 years systems experience working on projects which include involvement with traction power and OLE work.


* Makes complex technical and managerial decisions with respect to the review and assessment of engineering design, negotiating with internal and external stakeholders to ensure consistency and ultimately compliance with standards and regulations. Works to develop guidelines, principles and policies to provide consistency. Some highly complex decision-making be escalated to Project Engineering Manager, or made collectively with input from Senior discipline Engineers or Area Managers.


* Budgetary responsibility up to a value of �1million per annum and indirect impact on overall HS2 budget through implementation of railway system requirements.
* Management responsibility for Professional Service Consultant teams


* Senior Railway Systems Engineer works within the Area Delivery Team providing an essential specialist engineering role. This role involves extensive interaction with multidisciplinary teams across engineering functions as well as providing the link between the area teams and Technical Directorate.
* Work is not allocated in relation to a specific section of the route and instead involves coordination and interface between internal and external third party projects. The role involves regular travel to meetings and events outside the normal place of work, and may require flexible working in order to meet project deadlines.


* Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others’ health and safety – including those who may be affected by the delivery of this role – by taking personal responsibility for working to the HS2 S.A.F.E programme principles.
* Cooperate with HS2 in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or welfare.
* Advocate and promote the company’s well-being strategy and policies.

If this interests you, than please apply now and we can have a chat in more detail.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Contact Details:
VGC Perssonnel Ltd
Tel: 01895 671 820
Contact: Sam Wilson

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