Lead Control, Command, Signalling and Communications Engineer

  • Job Reference: 2023-1560
  • Date Posted: 11 September 2023
  • Recruiter: Rail Safety and Standards Board
  • Website: https://rssb.co.uk
  • Location: London
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering & Design, Senior Executive Positions, Other Rail Jobs
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

The post-holder will provide competent and timely professional and technical expertise necessary to support RSSB’s delivery of standards and projects that form part of the Control, Command Signalling Standards Committee (CCS SC) Strategy, covering ETCS/ ERTMS technology, conventional signalling, and related operational integration. You will analyse CCS system capabilities, interfaces and operations, support industry research, formulate CCS system requirements and guidance, and support industry implementation to help RSSB stakeholders achieve their business objectives and fulfil their legal obligations.

This requires the post-holder to develop the CCS requirements and guidance for the GB main line railway, covering topics such as, ETCS/ERTMS systems, Traffic Management, Conventional Railway Signalling, Train control and protection systems, Train location and positioning systems and Informatics, communications and technology (ICT).


  • Deliver CCS requirements, rationale and guidance that are complete, accurate and compliant with the standards code and manual.
  • Influence an improved level of understanding within RSSB and across the wider industry of the role of requirements in supporting the achievement of technical compatibility and safe integration.
  • Represent RSSB through membership of relevant industry committees, including technical committees and mirror groups facilitated by RSSB and others. Chair meetings as required.
  • Identify opportunities for and support improved methodologies for developing requirements and research.
  • Work in conjunction with the Standards Policy department to ensure that the solutions developed, or documents drafted, comply with the relevant decision-making criteria for the environment in which they are made.
  • Report progress and provide technical direction and advice to project managers, the CCS&C team and the Professional Head about progress made on individual projects.
  • Ensure that the means of achieving improvements (for example safety, technical and/or economic) are sought through the identification of technical opportunities and by monitoring technical development and international best practice.
  • Lead and work with relevant engineering and operational specialists to develop CCS system requirements, rationale and guidance in the context of the railway system covering:
    • Technical compatibility at European, national and route levels, as defined by the Railways (Interoperability) Regulations
    • Safe integration, to support the rail industry approach to applying the common safety method for risk evaluation and assessment (CSM RA).
  • Lead and support the application of appropriate requirements capture techniques.
  • Facilitate industry consensus on emerging requirements, rationale and guidance. The technical and interpersonal skills of the post-holder will help to determine the achievement of this endeavour.
  • Support proposals to introduce, modify or withdraw requirements, and applications for deviations from standards.
  • Author new and revised standards in accordance with the Standards Code and Manual and RSSB style guides, including Railway Group Standards and non-mandatory standards produced by RSSB, together with TSIs and ENs (to the extent that RSSB has a mandate to support their development).
  • Support the delivery of industry projects, including RSSB research, covering new and existing CCS technologies. This requires the post-holder to:
    • Support the development of industry project proposals and specifications
    • Support the delivery of project work through collaboration with suppliers and membership of industry committees
    • Peer review project reports.
  • The post holder may also provide specialist support within the CCS&C discipline for accreditation services provided by RSSB to the United Kingdom Accreditation Service.



  • Science, mathematics or engineering qualification and/or a professional qualification (e.g. I.Eng or C.Eng).
  • Experience in the rail transport sector.
  • Experience of document revision and change control work processes.
  • Understanding of the whole railway system and an ability to apply specialist knowledge to the system.
  • Understanding of current and emerging technologies as applied to rail.
  • Understanding of relevant interoperability and safety legislation and standards.
  • Understanding of requirements, rationale and guidance in the context of the standards code and manual.
  • Effective analytical skills and the ability to apply them in the context of the railway system.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with industry to ensure effective fit for purpose standards.
  • Communicate effectively and share thoughts and ideas through methods appropriate to the audience.
  • Effective writing skills and ability to understand technical documents.
  • Effective presentation and chairing skills for stakeholder meetings including the ability to present at technical conferences and seminars.
  • Competence in MS Project, Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Ability to apply systems engineering thinking to solve challenging whole railway system problems.
  • Actively contribute as part of a team and work towards achieving team goals and outcomes.
  • Take responsibility and demonstrate accountability in completing tasks and achieving objectives, actively seeking to resolve problems and identify opportunities.
  • Committed to customer service and placing customer satisfaction at the heart of our success to ensure we deliver against our shared goals.


  • Experience or knowledge of mathematical or operational modelling (e.g. dynamic or mechanical systems) (Desirable).
  • Effective facilitation skills with experience and ease of working with senior rail professionals, technical committees and stakeholders at all levels to explain the results of your work, support their understanding and inform their decision (Desirable).
  • Membership of a relevant professional institution (Desirable).
  • Leadership and coaching skills (Desirable).
  • Ability to undertake horizon scanning to be proactive in capitalising on the implementation of new technology (Desirable).


We are committed to investing in our staff and offer formal and informal learning opportunities for development.

We value diversity and equal opportunities in employment and are committed to creating a workplace which is inclusive to everyone. As a member of the Disability Confident Scheme, we encourage candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria, to apply for our jobs. If you have applied under the Disability Confident Scheme, please let us know in advance by emailing vacancies@RSSB.CO.UK

If you require any reasonable adjustments with respect to our selection process including information in an alternative format, please contact us at vacancies@rssb.co.uk

We understand the importance of work-life balance and we offer our staff the flexibility to work within our core hours and the option to vary their location between both the office and home. If you are looking for further flexibility, speak to us at interview stage so that we can consider your request.

We value our staff and we offer a competitive benefits package to ensure our staff can achieve their best throughout their journey with us. This includes 30 days annual leave (plus bank holidays); a holiday buy and sell scheme; private medical and dental cover; a season ticket loan and travel subsidy; access to a cycle to work scheme; volunteer leave; a performance related bonus and pension.