Permanent Way Senior Design Engineer

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    Construction, Engineering

  • Salary:

    Competitive salary

  • Published:

    2 months ago

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The company:

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.

We are currently seeking a Permanent Way Senior Design Engineer to work with our multidisciplinary design teams delivering a portfolio of varied rail projects as part of an established and expanding Rail Business.

Role - What we're looking for in you

We are looking for a Senior Permanent Way Design Engineer with excellent technical knowledge and experience as an integral part of our North West & Yorkshire Rail team with a desire to deliver meaningful work with successful outcomes for our clients through innovative solutions.

The role of a Senior Permanent Way Engineer will be to drive and successfully deliver complex multidisciplinary rail project using sound technical knowledge and coherent advisory skills. Ensuring the successful delivery of safe, technically excellent multidisciplinary rail projects and bids across our UK portfolio will be critical to your role, and you will be responsible for:

  • Determining the track design requirements from our client brief making sound decisions to produce the optimum design solution.

  • Heading Permanent Way Design teams with a culture of delivering right first-time production, checking the required track design drawings, documentation and calculations on large or medium sized projects.

  • Liaising with other discipline designers and Engineering leads to ensure multi-discipline designs are fully integrated.

  • Running the identification and elimination or mitigation of risks during the design process within your own discipline, and the production of deliverables that support the Safe by Design process, producing focussed CDM designer’s risk assessments;

  • Contributing to the Common Safety Method (CSM) process

  • Sharing knowledge, best practice and innovation across our business, providing guidance, training and feedback with other related disciplines and skills, locally and across the UK.

  • Managing project team resources and identifying opportunities and issues in a timely manner such that programme timescales are met or exceeded.

  • Mentoring and supporting of our junior engineers and technicians assisting in their technical development and their progress towards a professional qualification. 

Our current portfolio of multidisciplinary projects across various GRIP Stages include; Transpennine Route Upgrade West of Leeds, Headbolt Lane New Station, Princes Risborough to Aylesbury, Midland Main Line Electrification, and Portobello Junction LDO.


You will report to the NWY Rail Track Team Leader and Rail Business Leadership where required.

The role may necessitate travel on occasion to other office locations including York and Manchester, as well as our other UK Rail Offices where collaboration with our other UK Rail delivery teams is a key part of your role.

Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience in the production and checking of Permanent Way Feasibility, Scheme and Detailed Design reports, layouts and calculations within multidisciplinary rail projects to include, but not limited to, Station throat design; S&C renewal; Plain line renewal; Infrastructure gauging and production of Gauging Reports

  • Experience in the use of industry standard software in the production of design packages to include, but not limited to, Bentley Rail Track; Clear Route 2; Track-Ex; SD calculator

  • Experience in the production and checking of drawings using Bentley Microstation whilst working within Common Data Environments

  • Experience of and working within relevant legislation, regulations, standards, codes of practice and guidelines (CDM and CSM)

  • Knowledge of Network Rail Company Standards, RSSB Railway Industry Standards and Technical Specifications for Interoperability

Desirable Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience of LUL, High Speed Rail, Light Rail Transit and Metro systems

  • Experience of acting as a Permanent Way Contractor’s Responsible Engineer (CRE) 

  • Experience in specifying and undertaking site surveys / site visits and reporting on asset condition.

  • Knowledge of non-ballasted and other track systems.

  • Experience of digital, coding and data analytics techniques 

Technical Skills and Qualifications:

  • An appropriate Engineering degree or equivalent qualification

  • Achieved or soon to achieve professional qualification

Reward and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary at all levels and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits including private healthcare and a range of other protection schemes are funded by Arup and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing.

Shape your time with us:

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a phenomenal place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be an encouraged member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and welcome all qualified applicants. You will receive fair and impartial consideration without regard to sex, race, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status, genetic data, or other legally protected status. We recognise that not all disabilities are visible and will make reasonable adjustments to cater for diverse applicants in the selection and assessment process.