Signalling Design, Senior and Principal Engineers

Job Description

Atkins’ UK Transportation business brings together the capabilities of our Rail, Highway and Local Transport teams, into a single business of 3,000 talented engineering professionals transport planners and consultants. The unique breadth of services in Transportation, combined with our scale, makes Atkins the leading UK transportation infrastructure consultancy. We create a culture and environment to inspire our people, ensure collaboration with our clients and continue to shape the future of mobility.

Atkins are part of the Central Rail Systems Alliance, delivering track led renewals for all disciplines covering the East, West and Midland Mainline routes. As part of the Alliance team working with Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and TSO, Atkins are responsible for delivery of all signalling design for plain line and S&C renewals over the next two Network Rail control periods (10 years).

In addition to the significant volumes of track renewals design coming from these major mainline routes, the Track Alliance will be involved in the delivery of enhancement works along both routes, offering opportunities for the design teams to get involved in a wider portfolio of project work types in addition to the core track renewals.

We currently have a number of opportunities for IRSE licensed signalling designers, at all levels, to join the Alliance team working out of one of our offices in Birmingham, Doncaster, Derby, York, Crewe or Manchester. This provides an exciting opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of renewals and enhancement projects,  covering a range of signalling technologies and working as part of a close-knit team that comprises the client, contracting and consulting sectors of our industry. Delivering projects from early GRIP scheme development through to detailed design, installation and testing will provide valuable experience and career development for motivated individuals.

Whilst we are recruiting these positions to work as part of the Alliance, Atkins has one of the Rail industry’s largest signalling design teams so you will become part of a wider team of over 100 professional signalling design engineers, with a collective depth and breadth of knowledge that can support and nurture your development, as your career moves forward, and you tackle new challenges.

If you are ready to take your career to the next level, and wish to join a professional team, committed to technical integrity, innovation and development of its people, then contact us today.

For this role we are looking for individuals at Signalling Designer level to be based in our design offices in Birmingham.

Essential Requirements:

  • Able to carry out Safety Critical Work.
  • Holds current IRSE Signalling Designer licence (1.1.510).
  • Experience including knowledge of UK railway standards, design processes and procedures preferable at both outline design (NR GRIP 3 to 4) and detailed design (NR GRIP5+) stages.
  • Experience of using appropriate industry standard CAD packages.
  • Experience of signalling design in the UK mainline railway environment including a range of different lineside technologies and types of project.
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work closely with team members including excellent standard of English for written communications.

Desirable Qualifications and Experience:

  • HNC/HND/Degree Qualification(s) in Electrical Engineering or similar.
  • Fit and able to work trackside / hold PTS.
  • Experience of signalling design for S&C track renewals and/or stageworks.


  • Preparation and production of railway signalling designs, specifications, reports and working drawings ensuring compliance with all contractual and statutory requirements within agreed timescales and performance parameters.
  • Assisting in the preparation of estimates and tender documentation.
  • Working within a records / document management system.
  • Assisting with correlation or other site survey works.
  • Undertaking design office cover (out of office hours).
  • Creating and managing of trackers / registers for Design deliverables.
  • Supporting project engineering and delivery as required, including opportunities to go trackside undertaking Assistant Testing duties during commissioning periods.

The Individual:

  • Willing and able to learn.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills.
  • Can do attitude and flexible.
  • Able to work within a team but also be self-motivated.
  • Ability to manage time efficiently and prioritise duties.

Why work for Atkins?

Our Transportation teams are reinventing transport for a challenging yet exciting future. We're creating new ideas and smart solutions for cities, people and the environment. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in our industry, solving challenges that bring together traditional engineering and new technologies. As part of our organisation, you'll be in a privileged position, delivering what's right for governments and communities. You'll be helping us to improve our leading environmental performance while enabling others to do the same.

Meeting your needs:

To help you get the most out of life in and outside of work, we offer employees "Total Reward." It's a package that can be tailored to your changing lifestyle, career and personal needs. You'll enjoy benefits such as partner discounts, leadership training, professional, accreditations, and career planning for any stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk through any adjustments you might need.

Read more about 'Total Reward'.

More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed.

Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once they join.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.


Atkins is committed to developing its people both personally and professionally. Our colleagues have the advantage of access to a high ranging training portfolio and development activities designed to help make the best of individual’s abilities and talents. We also actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Additional Information:

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

We are committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community - a place where we can all be ourselves, thrive and develop. To help embed inclusion for all, from day one, we offer a range of family friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements and employee networks to support staff from different backgrounds. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.