Assistant Design Engineer - 12-month opportunity, Birmingham or Smethwick
North West & Central Region
About Network Rail
This is an exciting time to join Network Rail in our North Western & Central (NW&C) Region, which is the Backbone of Britain - the economic spine connecting our main cities.
North West & Centrals 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. NW&C Region consist of three routes:
North West Route, covering Manchester, Liverpool, Lancashire and Cumbria.
Central Route, covering the West Midlands and Chiltern areas.
West Coast Mainline South Route*, covering the West Coast main line 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!
To produce designs and specifications supporting the engineering development of allocated proposals, from clarification of remit (start of stage 2) to the completion of single option feasibility work and handover into detailed design (end of stage 4).
This is a 12-month opportunity and may be based out of either Birmingham or Smethwick.
About the role (External)
1. Analyse development remits, to help maintain a robust challenge to sponsoring engineers and managers, and take part as required in value management and risk identification/ analysis activities.
2. Undertake the development of suitable engineering options for a proposal giving full consideration to safety, reliability, operational capacity modelling, maintainability, ease of construction, and environmental/whole life issues. Engineering excellence is to be supported by:
a. Secure all relevant base data.
b. Review compliance with appropriate standards.
c. Use risk ID and evaluation methods (e.g. HAZOP, QRA, LRM, and the GK/RT/14200 suite), as suitable, to evaluate and compare options.
d. Use feedback from all relevant past projects across the UK rail network, lessons learned etc.
3. Maintain strict change control on scope development; evaluate cost, time and performance impacts in conjunction with development management.
4. Participate in the selection of a single option for further development. Prepare or monitor preparation of reports, papers etc as necessary.
5. Manage single option design as in (2) above.
6. Prepare the full engineering data package required for commencement of the detailed design, and participate in answering clarifications/queries as needed.
7. Support GRIP stages 2 to 4 in all associated duties and carry out cross-discipline engineering checks of all relevant aspects of the proposal, in association with engineers of other disciplines.
8. Manage the engineering interfaces of allocated proposals with concurrent work in other disciplines, or within other programmes.
9. Undertake calculation to relevant design codes to support scheme development
10. Manage CAD technicians to produce design drawings
11. Manage site visit including the production of task briefing sheets and assembling the correct materials, resources and equipment.
12. Identify where additional data gathering is required to develop a design scheme.
- IRSE Designer licence or equivalent for non-signalling assets.
- 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.
- Construction design management, risk assessment and external audit competencies.
- An engineering degree or equivalent industry-recognised training qualification, or equivalent experience
- Membership of a relevant engineering professional institution.
- Experience in design, installation and maintenance.
- Formal qualifications in risk identification and assessment.
- Six Sigma Green Belt.
- An excellent command of written and spoken English.
- Report writing skills.
- An ability to learn discipline specific industry software.
- Knowledge of project Management tools.
- Knowledge of design, installation and maintenance
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 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, youll 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. Whats more, you can take advantage of childcare vouchers, discounted cycle hire and more. Discover more at www.networkrailcareers.com/benefits.
We adhere to a structured pay framework, any salary offered will be within the following pay range: £28,000 - £31,000
As an arms 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.
16 July 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 a 12 month fixed term opportunity.