Design Engineer [Electrical] - 12-month opportunity

Last updated 13 days ago
Location:Greater Manchester
Job Type:Full Time


Wigan, GB

Department Name

North West & Central Region

About Network Rail

Network Rail Route Businesses E&W plans, operates and maintains the railway day-to-day.

North West & Central (NW&C) is the 'Backbone of Britain' - the economic spine connecting our main cities. Our infrastructure runs from London Euston and Marylebone in the South through the Chiltern and West Midlands regions, the North West of England and Cumbria before joining with Scotland at Gretna. We are home to the West Coast Mainline, the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe, serving London, Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

NW&C's vision for the five years to 2024 is "One team safely delivering excellent services to customers and taxpayers." We will achieve this vision by embedding a safe, caring workforce culture that welcomes everyone and embraces new ideas and fresh thinking. By becoming a more open, diverse and inclusive organisation we can deliver a safe, accessible railway for everyone. We're working hard to ensure our workforce better represents our customers and society as a whole.

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

To be responsible for the engineering development of allocated proposals from clarification of remit to project completion managing so that the engineering solutions to proposals are developed to best satisfy the business case.

About the role (External)

1.Manage the production of the development remits for proposals so that the engineering requirements, scope, possibilities and operational performance targets are accurately described and maintain a robust challenge to sponsoring engineers and managers, to monitor and value manage the business and technical remit.

2.Manage all engineering and development activities so that they result in schemes that are affordable, and that meet programme requirements in a safe and environmentally responsible manner for time, cost and quality.

3.Manage the development of suitable engineering options for proposals so that full consideration is given to safety, reliability, operational capacity modelling, maintainability, ease of construction and environmental / whole life issues. Review compliance with standards and maintain designers competency.

4.Maintain strict change control on scope development; evaluate cost, time and performance impacts in conjunction with development management.

5.Participate in the selection of a single option for further development and manage the development of the selected single option, preparing and monitoring production of reports and papers.

6.Prepare the full engineering data package required for commencement of the detailed design, and participate in answering on-going clarifications/queries as needed. Where applicable, manage independent checking of safety critical design documentation.

7.Support the Construction Design Management (CDM) Planning Supervisor during GRIP stages 2 to 4 in all associated duties and carry out or monitor cross-discipline engineering checks of all relevant aspects of the proposal.

8.Resource adequately the feasibility stages of project development, in both the quality and quantity of Network Rail and supplier staff, and in the use of the most appropriate support equipment.

9.Manage the engineering interfaces of allocated proposals with concurrent work in other disciplines, or within other programmes.

10.Act as or liaise with, the appropriate Project Engineer during stages 2-4, monitoring so that method statements for site works and surveys are produced and accepted to the required standards.

11.Monitor, assess, evaluate and audit Consultants and Contractors during project stages 2-4.


    An engineering degree or equivalent industry-recognised training qualification.

      A demonstrable aptitude for option development.

        Strong evaluation and decision-making skills.

          A working knowledge of rail engineering; relevant successful experience working in the principal discipline and an adequate understanding of all other related disciplines.

            An ability to work and communicate effectively in a team context.

              An appreciation of all the life cycle stages of rail infrastructure.

                CDM, Risk assessment and external audit competency.


                  Membership of a relevant engineering professional institution.

                    Experience in design, installation and maintenance.

                      Formal qualifications in risk identification and assessment.

                        Six Sigma Green Belt.

                        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 commitment personal 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. Working with us, you'll enjoy 28 days holiday, access to a range of contributory pension schemes, and the potential to top up your competitive salary with a bonus. We can offer you a season ticket loan, annual season tickets are discounted. What's more, you can take advantage of childcare vouchers, discounted cycle hire and more. Discover more at

                        We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £40,107 - £45,120.

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

                        This vacancy is for a 12-month fixed term opportunity.