Technical Director Rolling Stock Assurance

  • Job Reference: R-078494 RC
  • Date Posted: 29 August 2022
  • Recruiter: Atkins
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  • Location: Birmingham
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Signalling & Telecoms, Rolling Stock, Safety & Health Management
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business is one of the largest transportation consultancies in the UK, and a leading supplier of engineering services to government, regulatory and local authorities, infrastructure owners and operators.  Major clients include Regulators & Public Bodies, Infrastructure Owners & Operators, Railway Service operators, the Railway Supply Industry, Financiers & Asset Owners, and Professional Advisors etc. The Rail Consulting practice, within the UK Transportation business, is the home of our market leading transport technology and mobility capability. We work across the transport sector helping our clients navigate through a rapidly changing world linking current Intelligent Transport Systems with future-focused technology opportunities. The Assurance Practice within Rail Consulting is a leader in the provision of assurance services (certification, safety, compliance) to the rail industry and is seeking high calibre individuals to enhance this service area.

This is an ideal opportunity for individuals wishing to develop their career in an organisation that will provide wide-ranging opportunities across all rail systems.

The Opportunity:

The rail industry has an increasing number of ongoing projects for new-build and modified rolling stock, infrastructure changes and signalling upgrades. Many of these projects implement comprehensive assurance processes to achieve regulatory authorisation, or to gain the approval of asset owners and operators. The assurance role offers the opportunity of working in a wide variety of technical areas. Our engineers manage the interface between clients and specialist engineers, monitoring progress against the overall project goals whilst keeping a close eye on the technical detail. Such engineers are in high demand, have excellent career prospects, and enjoy a high variety of work.

We require a flexible and adaptable person who is keen to develop professionally. The successful candidate will be a leader in the delivery of assurance assignments, coordination of technical assessments, formal feedback to clients and have an extensive knowledge of the Rial Industry Technical standards and requirements with regards to Rolling Stock.  The successful candidate will also act as Project Manager and support other Project Managers across a variety of projects, ensure projects are delivered in line with the agreed requirements.


To successfully deliver this role you will be expected to:

  • Understand clients’ requirements and how they fit into the wider assurance regime, and identifying and developing compelling strategies beyond a given brief (for both current and anticipated future problems) where this will better meet a client’s overall business needs.
  • Lead the delivery of assignments of large levels of complexity from start to finish, and supporting across other projects as required.
  • Ensure scope, time, cost and quality requirements are met and risks and issues are identified and managed accordingly.
  • Ensure that all work is undertaken in accordance with corporate procedures by ensuring compliance of own work and review and approval of other internal work as required.
  • Work efficiently and effectively and proactively contribute to helping the team deliver on various projects and other activities.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships both internally and with clients (including networking to create new relationships).
  • Manage the expectations of clients and other affected parties and be able to present a compelling case when suggesting ideas both technically and in relation to the management of the project (for example timescales and costs), ultimately helping work towards sensible agreements.
  • Manage and resolve any conflicts that may occur on a project in an appropriate manner and ensuring that attitudes remain in line with our expectations for our employees.
  • Ensure client’s expectations are met and exceeded throughout project delivery, including leading others within the team to achieve this goal.
  • Understand the culture of the client, our company culture and values and enable these to work together.
  • Coordinate technical assessments with specialist engineering teams and perform technical assessments where the appropriate competencies have been demonstrated.
  • Provide best-in-class solutions to clients as would be expected from a national or global authority, in one or more key specialist area.
  • Production and review of documentation such as bids and various key project deliverables (typically in Ms Word, Excel or pdf format).
  • Develop and mentor junior members of the team with the aim to expand their knowledge to incorporate additional technical competencies, enabling review of additional areas of technical compliance and management of more complex projects.
  • Identify opportunities and develop compelling business cases that support growth of the business.
  • Inspire and actively lead and mentor other more junior engineers within the team through guidance and transferring knowledge and experience to develop their abilities.
  • Inspire and act as a role model to all staff, fostering a collaborative and inclusive environment, where the team, learn, develop, and drive increased business results.
  • Actively contribute to a continuous improvement culture; Be a lead contributor (including sharing views on best practice) to improving internal processes, sharing solutions that further develop the wider business, sharing knowledge and providing technical steer, and developing the skills and complimentary abilities of the team.


The successful candidate(s) will fulfil the following requirements:

Essential -

  • Experience (approx 12+ years) in engineering design, production, and/or review of compliance evidence within a regulated industry.
  • Experience of working closely with clients including face-to-face meetings and leading and presenting in meetings.
  • A methodical and proactive approach to assignment planning and delivery.
  • An eye for technical detail, but in the context of much wider project goals.
  • A degree in engineering or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to critically assess projects and complex situations, identifying potential solutions.
  • Ability to communicate in a clear, concise and non-confrontational manner.
  • Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships.
  • Ability to lead client meetings including presentation, negotiation and agreement of key requirements, related both to technical aspects (supported by specialists as required) and project delivery.
  • Ability to manage conflicts through to resolution.
  • Ability to provide technical and project management leadership and mentoring.
  • Ability to provide leadership within the business, including leading and developing others.
  • A desire to take on the responsibilities of being part of a flexible and supportive team.

Desirable -

  • Knowledge in one or more railway systems, e.g. rolling stock, infrastructure, signalling.
  • Achieved either Incorporated or Charted Engineer status.
  • Provision of Notified Body, Designated Body or other certification services.

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.

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More about us:

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a top 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.

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.

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