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Ian Bridges, Head of engineering management, Atkins


Head of engineering management

When did you start working at Atkins?

I joined Atkins in July 2013.

Why did you join Atkins?

An opportunity arose to join the company in a challenging and exciting role where I would be able to use knowledge I had gained in my previous positions to make a difference.

What did you do before you joined Atkins?

I joined Atkins after having previously worked for British Rail, Balfour Beatty and Signalling Solutions Limited.

How would you describe your role and responsibilities?

I look after the engineering management of projects being delivered by the rail engineering projects team. I also have some engineers that look after product development and some that deliver early GRIP projects for our clients.

How do you describe what you do to friends and family?

I tell them I am a signal engineer working in the railway industry. They seem to understand that!

Do you have any professional accreditations?

I am a Chartered Engineer with a Masters degree in Rail Systems Engineering. I am a Fellow of the IRSE and the IET.

What key projects have you worked on?

Before joining Atkins I worked on projects including Crossrail South East Section, HS2 and was responsible for Smartlock introduction into the UK with SSL.

What are you currently working on?

I have a team of engineers that work on projects including Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals, East Kent 2, Victoria phase 2 and East Sussex.

What achievement are you most proud of?

My proudest moment was achieving my Masters degree as a mature student while still undertaking a full time job.

What’s the most technically challenging project you’ve worked on at Atkins?

All the projects my engineers work on are challenging for different reasons: size, multi-discipline interfaces, or they've never been done before.

How has your career developed at Atkins?

Having joined Atkins only last year, I am still settling in. That said, the breadth of what I am involved in has already increased.

How have you been supported during your career development?

When I joined Akins I was given some objectives to achieve. Regular meetings with my line manager enable me to talk about how I am moving forward and how the objectives are moving forward.

How do engineers and Atkins make a difference?

Engineers with Atkins are experienced in their field and can resolve most issues on projects. Where they can't immediately solve something, there is a good support network behind them.

How would you describe the culture at Atkins?

The culture is open and honest. If you need to know something, you ask. Somebody will help you out.

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