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Principal Rail Systems Engineer

  • Job reference: TR-001089
  • Sector: Transportation
  • Location: Birmingham, Aldershot, Croydon, Manchester, York, Bristol, Swindon, London
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Our Transportation Infrastructure Advisory practice consults on projects all over the world. We look at the feasibility of major projects and transactions across all modes of transport. We advise on systems engineering, safety assurance and financial and vehicle procurement. We blend all kinds of technical skills to produce clear reports, make recommendations and ensure the right schemes get the go-ahead. Together we help move the world forward from advising on UK rail contracts to carrying out rail studies in Norway to advising on the Kuwait metro.

Within this practice we’re looking for Principal Systems Engineers to help us solve the future challenges in the railway sector. You’ll be joining one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies, helping us to support our clients in the rail industry to realise their vision and achieve success from their capital investment programmes delivering railway solutions worldwide.

Your role will be primarily based within Birmingham or London working either as a member of our multi-disciplinary project teams delivering technical services to clients or as an integrated member of our client’s own project teams, helping them to shape their projects and supply chain. Travel to support particular projects within the UK and overseas may be required. You’ll cover a broad range of systems engineering tasks across the full project lifecycle including scoping, design, development and build of the rail infrastructure delivering a holistic systems engineering approach.


Leading work and multiple teams to:

• Delivering Systems Engineering for major infrastructure projects. Working with both internal and external Customers – including technical scope definition and management, process definition, solution integration, performance analysis and assurance.
• Working with industry leading organisations to drive technical programme development – including complex thinking, problem definition and thought facilitation.
• Engage with stakeholders, including direct clients and otherwise, to ensure that their needs are understood and shaping our services in response.
• Planning and delivering our services, within timescale and budget, across a diverse range of projects.
• Technically govern the delivery of other projects.
• Driving the development and sharing of knowledge across the team.
• Actively leading business development and bidding opportunities.
• Working across Atkins to align process, share knowledge and drive innovation.
• Continuous development of skills and competence to maintain professional qualification.
• Building and maintaining a network of contacts within and outside of Atkins to build our reputation and develop opportunities.

The team is currently working on a number of national and international assignments and your role will be crucial in helping them deliver to our Clients. In addition to this, you will form an integral part of our plans to grow the systems engineering services.


You will be a system oriented thinker with an understanding of key systems engineering activities, and have proven experience of at least one major industry, preferably connected with the railway industry. An appreciation of the structure and technology of the UK railway industry is desirable but not essential. You will be a fast learner of domain knowledge and terminology.

You will have excellent communication skills, with an ability to present your work verbally, visually and in written form.

You will hold professional registration, and understand your future career plans.

You will have measurable experience in at least four of the following fields:

• Systems architecture/interface analysis/modelling
• Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)
• Requirements engineering (including editing, elicitation, conflict resolution, traceability, hierarchies, verbal analysis)
• Validation and verification (V&V) of large-scale public works (preferably in the UK rail sector, e.g. Network Rail, London Underground, DLR, DfT)
• Safety analysis and assurance
• Behavioural/operational concept/RAMS modelling
• Through life cost modelling
• Risk assessment (both technical and project)
• Other system/engineering activities – EMC, HF, configuration control
• Planning, documentation and monitoring of systems engineering activities
• Commercial/project management



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