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AECOM Head of Engineering & Design - Rail Systems Alliance in Exeter, United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Bristol, Bristol

Job Summary

Head of Engineering & Design - Rail Systems Alliance (South)

Primary Location - Bristol, Swindon, Exeter or London

AECOM is an existing partner of Rail Systems Alliance (South) contract by Network Rail. This is a 10-year collaborative arrangement between Network Rail, AECOM and Colas Rail to deliver all Track and associated works on the Rail infrastructure. The contract covers the Network Rail Regions of Wales and Western, Southern and the Anglia Route within the Eastern Region.

We are currently seeking to appoint a Head of Engineering and Design dedicated to the Rail Systems Alliance. This is an Engineering leadership role and is accountable for the delivery of all Design (GRIP 4 onwards), Engineering Management associated with the Network Rail Assurance process and Compliance for all aspects of the contract. It is a unique role in that the post holder will lead Engineering and Design activity across the three organisations which make up the Alliance team.

The successful candidate will also represent AECOM on the Rail Systems Alliance Management Team.

The role is responsible for:

  • Developing and leading the ambition of the Rail Systems Alliance for technical excellence and continuous improvement across the organisation. Central to this is the embedment of “Safe by Design” principles to ensure safe construction, operation and maintenance of the railway system.

  • Leadership of the design delivery organisation, ensuring timeliness, quality and cost-effective delivery.

  • Leadership of the Network Rail Project Engineering team working across all relevant Network Rail Regions.

  • Working with the Professional Heads and Senior Engineers of the parent organisations to ensure existing competency arrangements for members of staff are maintained and embedded within the Rail Systems Alliance.

  • Leading audit and compliance activity across the Rail Systems Alliance as a mechanism to understand areas of strength and weakness, maintain consistency and disseminate best practice and lessons learned.

  • Organising job rotation within the Rail Systems Alliance where appropriate to assist in the development of fully rounded Railway professionals.

  • Leadership and development of discipline specific best practice design tools, process and policies.

  • Leading the technical briefing cascade for the Rail Systems Alliance.

  • Maintaining an understanding of the key challenges facing the Network Rail Regional Clients and how Engineering leadership coupled with the capabilities within the Rail Systems Alliance can help unlock them.

Minimum Requirements

  • ​Chartered Engineer

  • Engineering Degree

  • Wealth of knowledge in the Railway systems environment

  • Good understanding of the NWR Grip stages

  • Ability to lead and manage large engineering teams

  • Knowledge & experience in the UK railway industry

  • Strong Commercial focus and financially astute

  • Knowledge of the principles of Health & Safety, quality and environment legislation and best practice

  • Excellent communication with demonstrable delivery of leadership and behavioural change within a large organisation

Preferred Qualifications

Experience working both within an engineering design consultancy, contractor and Network Rail.

AECOM is committed to the development of staff through both formal and informal training combined with professional development activities, broad work experience and its relationship with all Professional Engineering Institutions.


What We Offer

When you join AECOM, you become part of a company that is pioneering the future . Our teams around the world are involved in some of the most cutting-edge and innovative projects and programs of our time, addressing the big challenges of today and shaping the built environment for generations to come. We ensure a workplace that encourages growth, flexibility and creativity, as well as a company culture that champions inclusion, diversity and overall employee well-being through programs supported by company leadership. Our core values define who we are, how we act and what we aspire to, which comes down to not only delivering a better world , but working to “make amazing happen” in each neighborhood, community and city we touch. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person’s potential, and we’ll help you reach yours.

Job Category Engineering

Business Line Transportation

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 226080BR

Additional Locations UK - Exeter, UK - London, UK - Swindon

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.