Principal Engineer [Technical,Telecoms]

Last updated 3 days ago
Job Type:Full Time


, GB

Department Name

HR HR Business Partner - NW&C (109004) G5

About Network Rail

Network Rail operates and maintains the railway infrastructure 24/7 365 days a year.

You will be part of the North West & Central (NW&C) Region which consists of three routes:

  • North West Route, covering Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.
  • Central Route, covering the West Midlands and Chiltern areas.
  • West Coast Mainline South Route*, covering the West Coast main line south of Crewe to London Euston.

We are looking for hardworking people from all backgrounds to join our journey and move us forward by having a rewarding career, the right lifestyle balance and great benefits in a caring environment. We value the commitments you may have outside of work and will consider flexible working applications. If we can make it work - we will!

Brief Description

The Principal Engineer will assist in producing the region's strategy to improve engineering and asset management performance and provide an efficient and reliable operation of the railway system for passengers and freight customers. They will provide the future control period plan and complete level 2 asset assurance. They will support the regional framework within which engineering risks and competency are managed to deliver both safety and operational performance.

This role can be based in either Manchester / Birmingham / London / Milton Keynes.

Please note that this vacancy is subject to the current NW&C closed listing process as part of the PPF changes.Response with regards to your application will be communicated after the closed listing process has concluded.

About the role (External)

1.Lead the provision of expert advice, input and support to route [discipline] teams.

2.Lead engineering assurance and verification activities and provide resource to support the delivery of the regional assurance, verification and audit programmes.

3.Lead and conduct investigations into significant failures that affect the safety and condition of assets.

4.Provide professional leadership for the development of [discipline] engineers and undertake professional mentorship of [discipline] engineers in support of their achievement of professional registration.

5.Support the development and implementation of competency frameworks and provide support and guidance on [discipline] training needs.

6.Lead the setting of regional policy and standards, operational processes and systems.

7.Monitor route asset management plans to assure that they are appropriate to deliver required regulatory outputs and assure delivery of regional targets and strategy.

8.Provide a specialist engineering support capability to route engineering teams on maintenance, renewals and enhancement activity.

9.Manage the arrangements for technical briefing of route and delivery engineers in order that the purpose, as well as the content of standards, specification, etc. is understood

10.Review, and approve as appropriate, derogations and non-compliances to standards in compliance with the delegated authority framework. Manage the response to applications outside of own delegated authority.

11.Collate any issues of regional or national significance and liaise with the regional team to develop and spread consistent best practice. Work with the Technical Authority to ensure best practice is shared and understood at national level.


    Registered Engineer at CEng level with the Engineering Council

      Proven [discipline] engineering experience of managing a complex and diverse asset base, particularly related to renewals, enhancements and system integration

        Proven knowledge of technical, safety and performance standards relating to [discipline] engineering

          Proven ability to lead engineering activities in a business environment

            An understanding of safety management systems and risk assessment techniques

              Experience in the integration of complex engineering systems

                Understanding of CDM regulations


                  Level 7 under the Regulated Qualification Framework in a relevant engineering discipline

                    Member of either an appropriate institution or the Institute of Asset Management

                      Expertise in engineering management in a safety critical industry

                      How to apply (External)

                      Network Rail welcomes applications regardless of age, disability, marital status (including civil partnerships), pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, transgender status, sex (or gender), employment status, trade union affiliation, or other irrelevant factor. We will interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria. We positively embrace flexible working recognising that employees may wish to balance work and family/home life.

                      We will endeavour to provide a gender diverse interview panel wherever possible.

                      Keeping people safe on the railway is at the heart of everything we do, safe behaviour is therefore a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should demonstrate their personal commitmentpersonal commitment to safety in their application.

                      A career with Network Rail is a journey and we will do everything we can to make it a great one. That means plenty of support for personal and professional development. It also means a great range of benefits. Discover more at

                      We adhere to a structured pay framework and this vacancy is Band 2C, starting at £78,575 and increasing to £88,397 per annum. You will also be eligible for car allowance of £6,000 per year.

                      As an arm's length department of the UK Government, Network Rail is required to comply with a well-established pre-employment vetting process for all prospective employees.

                      Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) checks require prospective employees of Network Rail to meet the following requirements;

                      §Provide eligibility to work in the UK and identity documentation

                      §Complete a satisfactory 3 year employment history check

                      §Complete a satisfactory unspent criminal conviction disclosure check

                      For more information regarding BPSS pre-employment related checks, please visit the UK Government website for further information.

                      Closing date: 7th August 2020. Late applications will not be accepted. We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes.

                      Interviews for the role will take place on the below dates:

                        11th August 10.00 - 16.00

                          13th August 10.00 - 12.30

                            17th August 10.00 - 14.00

                              18th August 13.00 - 16.00

                                21st August 12.00 - 16.00