Senior Engineer

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Location:Milton Keynes
Job Type:Full Time


Milton Keynes, GB

Department Name

[R&E] North West & Central Region

About Network Rail

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

This is an exciting time to join Network Rail. We're passionate about great service and commit to our service equation vision by "putting passengers first". Performance, safety and getting the fundamental basics right, is something we strive for as well as asking ourselves - what can we do to put our passengers and freight users at the centre of everything we do?

With this in mind, we pull together as one industry because we care about people and teamwork is key

You will be part of the NW&C Regional Team which supports Regional Major Programmes & Professional services across three Routes:

  • North West Route, covering Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.

  • Central Route, covering the West Midlands and Chiltern areas.

  • West Coast South Route, covering the south of Crewe to London Euston.

We are looking for talented 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 Regional and Route Buildings and Civils Engineering Teams manage all the structures, earthworks and operational building assets that contribute to making the railway an efficient and safe transport system to support the UK economy and provide the service passengers and freight hauliers expect.

This is a challenging and rewarding environment for engineers where you will contribute to a successful modern and complex railway system by maintaining and enhancing embankments, cuttings, bridges, tunnels, sea defences, retaining walls, stations and depots. Balancing the needs of the modern complex railway alongside our heritage responsibilities and stakeholder constraints.

This requires innovation as well as an understanding of traditional engineering and construction materials. Critical to success is enhancing resilience of the assets to the impacts of climate change and ensuring a long-term sustainable approach.

As a Senior Engineer [R&E] you will provide engineering input, support and advice across the Buildings and Civils discipline in developing the long term strategy for the maintenance, renewal and enhancement of over 14,000 bridge spans, 200 tunnels, 10,000 culverts and retaining walls, and 30 miles of sea defences, 2280 miles of earthworks, 562 stations and 2200-line side buildings; and their alignment with railway enhancements. You will be a high quality civil or structural engineer who can add value to our business and ensure the railway remains safe and develops to meet the demands of the future.

The role also includes undertaking assurance across the Region for the disciplines and driving continuous improvement in the regional approach to managing safety and performance. You will provide a comprehensive region-based Buildings and Civilssupport service to route engineering teams, focussed on delivery of regional and route objectives.

About the role (External)

  • Provide technical expert advice input and support associated with the provision of services for our customers and suppliers.

  • Support professional leadership for a designated engineering discipline.

  • Provide expert advice, support and input to technical accident and incident investigations.

  • Support the setting of policy and standards, operational processes and systems. Manage the design and delivery of programmes for the development of technical capability required within Network Rail, including the competence framework and effective training materials.

  • Provide the technical input to the development of the standards, specifications, means of compliance and KPIs for Asset Management, including system risks. Support engineering analysis and risk assessment, including assessment of applications for derogations and non-compliance.

  • Discharge Network Rail's CDM related duties as required by company process.

  • Support the development of strategy, technology and assets across functions and with industry partners. Liaise with product manufacturers, including external stakeholder e.g. TOC and provide input into the acceptance processes.

  • Proactively research and respond to changes in the internal and external requirements and practice which impact upon policy and standards.

  • Identify opportunities for technical and business process improvement and innovation, developing business cases and Investment Papers where required.

  • Support Engineering Verification activities.

  • Act as Delivery Manager for delivery of a specific project or portfolio of projects and deliver projects to time, cost and quality.

  • Represent Network Rail externally to the industry and input to European issues as required.

  • Integrate and co-ordinate activity across different engineering disciplines and contribute to the development of engineers within the practice.


  • Degreeorequivalentina relevantdisciplineorabletodemonstrateanequivalentlevel of experience (Level 6)

  • Membershipof a relevant technical body

  • Broadtechnical engineeringexperience

  • Projectorfinancial planningandmanagementexperience


  • Managementorsupervisoryexperience

  • Charteredstatus

  • Formal ProjectManagementqualification (e.g.APMP,PRINCE2,PMIP,MSP)

  • Provenabilityinmanagingcommercial,contractual andfinancial issues

  • Knowledge of the railway industry and an understanding of railway infrastructure

How to apply (External)

Network Rail are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity. We welcome 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 any other irrelevant factor. Please click here for more information.

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Safe behaviour is a requirement of working for Network Rail.Applicants should be able to demonstrate their awareness of our safety vision

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

All offers of employment are conditional upon satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks. Click here for more information

Salary: Starting salary is £51,156 - £57,551

Closing date: Thursday 21st December 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.

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