Head of Rail

  • Permanent
  • Southampton, United Kingdom
  • £60,000 to £70,000 per annum

Are you passionate about Rail and have a desire to lead your own team? Have you found yourself operating as a small cog in a large machine and lack recognition and progression? Are you looking for a more flexible role allowing remote/home working?
I’m searching for a Rail experienced Civil Structural Engineer operating at a Principal level to lead the South / South East team. The ideal candidate will also be Chartered and happy to function as business development manager to strengthen the businesses future project portfolio.
The business is well-established and have been in operation for over 20 years. With multiple locations around the UK, the business is continually expanding and prepared to develop a new team to cover the southern regions.

  • Degree in Civil or Structural Engineering
  • Experienced in design and detail of structure and superstructure solutions in a Rail environment
  • CRE (Design) status
  • Experience leading and managing teams
  • Experience in Rail Civil & Structural engineering design
  • Demonstrable management of all commercial aspects – cost and value
  • PTS certificate
  • CEng status (minimum IEng)
  • Member of relevant Professional Body (ICE or IStructE etc)
  • Committed to continuous improvement and learning
  • Proficient in use of spoken and written English language
  • UK citizen or indefinite leave to remain


  • Lead in-house design team and responsible for all technical aspects of engineering projects
  • Act in role of CRE and manage submission of quality design documents and collate the key components
  • Keeping clients informed of costs or implications of change in a timely manor and address any issues that may arise
  • Lead representative at meeting with internal and/or external clients and stakeholders
  • Mentor and coach team members, and provide input into succession planning
  • Lead compliance with CDM Regulations
  • Liaise with Engineers and CAD Technicians in production of drawings
  • Input into multidisciplinary tenders
  • Undertake business development activities to maintain project pipeline
  • Maintain understanding of commercial aspects of projects and ensure cost control measures
  • Record and track documents electronically and monitor adherence to quality assurance
  • Produce designers risk assessments using variety of forms
  • Provide weekly reports outlining work plans, forecasts, and key achievements
  • Ensuring designs meet specification and expectation
  • Be innovative and introduce improvements where appropriate to areas of responsibility
  • Provide strong leadership and motivation of teams, carrying out scheduled P&D reviews for direct reports
  • Build and lead your own team within a rapidly developing business.
  • Shares offered after 12 months in the business.
  • Flexible home working, 2 days in office in South / South East region (solely home working to begin with).
  • Open to incorporating other engineers and technicians known to yourself beneath you within the team.
  • Benefits package.

If you think you could be interested or would like any further information, please apply. I’ll be in touch within 24 hours for a confidential chat.

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