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Principal Engineer (Signalling Schemes)

  • Job reference: R-029758
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Birmingham

Principal Engineer (Signalling Schemes)

Job Summary

Following a series of successful project wins the Atkins national signalling design and engineering team is is looking to grow and enhance its Signalling Design team.  This combined with the evolving needs of our clients and in particular the challenges and opportunities presented by the NR Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 mean we are looking to add additional schemes development capability to our Schemes team in Birmingham by recruiting a Principal Engineer (Signalling Schemes) to provide technical leadership to early GRIP stage projects.

Atkins has one of the Rail industry’s largest signalling engineering teams.  You will be joining a Atkin’s Transport Systems Practice with a team of over 200 professional signalling and telecoms, designers, project engineers and engineering managers.  This together with Atkins broader cross discipline capability means engineers have an unrivalled collective knowledge to tap into and learn from.


This role is a senior technical leader within the Atkins UK Rail Signalling team.  You will provide technical leadership to signalling scheme development projects for Network Rail.  You will technically lead specific projects, acting as CRE and managing design budgets.  As a Principal Engineer you will also technically lead and develop designers.  You will also be responsible for developing and improving scheme development processes.

Primary functions of the role include :

  • Providing leadership and undertaking scheme development of signalling works
  • Providing technical assurance of early GRIP deliverables
  • Supporting the safety and engineering culture for the team
  • Undertaking senior engineering roles on projects (e.g. CRE, Design Manager)
  • Ensuring achievement of safety, quality, schedule and cost project objectives
  • Leading the signalling schemes development input to bids, developing business opportunities and building client relationships
  • Actively managing allocated budgets
  • Providing specialist signalling scheme development advice to engineers across the business
  • Developing the schemes team capability and proving guidance and mentoring to junior designers


Essential Qualifications and Experience

  • Extensive UK railway mainline knowledge
  • Proven ability to lead and deliver signalling schemes development of signalling projects
  • Experience of undertaking lead project roles (e.g. Design Manager, CRE) on Network Rail infrastructure
  • Understanding of risk management, and applying CDM and CSM

Desirable Qualifications and Experience

  • Chartered Engineer
  • Holds applicable IRSE Licences
  • Full Member of the IRSE

Essential Person Qualities

  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work closely with team members located in different offices
  • Collaborative team player, focused on results
  • Can do attitude and flexible
  • Innovative thinker and problem solver
  • Team leader with proven experience
  • Enthusiastic with a passion for developing teams

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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