Senior Designer - Signalling

Last updated 8 days ago
Location:Glasgow City
Job Type:Full Time


Glasgow, GB

Department Name

Route Services

About Network Rail

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Route Services is a division of Network Rail, formed to provide our routes with services and supplies that they need in order to maintain and deliver a better railway for a better Britain. We work with our customers to provide them with the safest, most cost-efficient and effective services enabling them to benefit from economies of scale and optimised national resources.

Network Rail Design Delivery (NRDD) are a part of Route Services and provide a managed service for design delivery through a regionally-structured, multi-disciplinary organisation and relationships with supply chain design organisations. NRDD bring a range of different specialisations including Signalling, E&P, B&C and Track Design that complement each other to improve the overall diverse service offering.

Brief Description

We support a variety of projects ranging from resignallings and enhancements to life extensions and intricate alterations to legacy systems.We therefore expect candidates to have an appreciation of all phases of projects, as well as demonstrable experience in specific types or stages of work.

You will undertake both design and checking of engineering schemes to meet customer requirements, in compliance with technical, safety, environmental and quality standards. You will be required to develop engineering solutions to proposals to best satisfy the business case.

About the role (External)

Key Accountabilities

  • Undertake the preparation and checking of design details, as directed.

  • Verify that detailed engineering designs and scheme development activities, result in schemes that are affordable, and that meet programme requirements in a safe and environmentally responsible manner to time, cost and quality.

  • Undertake the development of engineering options giving consideration to safety, reliability, operational capacity modelling, maintainability, ease of construction, environmental and whole life issues. Engineering excellence is to be supported by:

oSecuring all relevant base data.

oReview compliance with appropriate standards.

oUse risk identification and evaluation methods as suitable, to evaluate and compare options.

oUse feedback from all relevant past projects across the UK rail network, lessons learned and customer feedback to improve quality of design.

oKeeping designers up to date in signalling technology via training, briefings and mentoring.

oMaintain strict change control on scope development; evaluate cost, time and performance impacts in conjunction with development management and project engineers.

  • Undertake the preparation of the full engineering data package required for commencement of the detailed design and participate in answering clarifications/queries as needed. Advise on practical solutions where infrastructure deficiencies have been raised. Provide technical support to other departments as required.

  • Liaise with the Designated Project Engineers throughout the project on inter-discipline matters.

  • Undertake site visits including organising and undertaking correlation.

  • Lead specialist investigations/surveys, analyse results and report to the relevant authorities.

  • Deal with technical correspondence, liaise with customers, attend meetings, assist in estimating, planning and workload allocation of the Group.

  • Assist in design activities associated with testing for new or modified systems / installations as required.


  • Working towards an HNC/HND or equivalent industry-recognised qualification.

  • IRSE Licence holder Signalling Principles Designer or Signalling Design Verifier, or Signalling Designer demonstrably working towards a higher category.

  • 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.

  • Risk assessment competence.

  • Construction Design Management (CDM) competence.


  • Foundation degree in engineering

  • Membership of a relevant engineering professional institution.

  • Experience in design, installation and maintenance.

  • Formal qualifications in risk identification and assessment.

How to apply (External)

Network Rail adheres to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range:

Salary £40,107 increasing to £45,120 per annum

Closing date: 28/09/2020. Late applications will not be accepted.

We retain the right to close the advert before the listed closing date based on application volumes

*Please note we have adapted our recruitment processes in line with Government advice during COVID-19. Interviews will take place 'virtually' over video and for some office based roles the successful candidate may need to work from home initially using their own personal device. This guidance is subject to change, we will update you accordingly. We appreciate your understanding.

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