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Principal Signalling Design Engineer


London, United Kingdom



Lead a design team in assuring compliance to a defined design process and ensuring that the design conforms to client requirements including quoted standards and specifications. The compliance to relevant statutory documentation is mandatory. Be responsible for the management of design production, design estimates, design programs and design work packages for bids, projects and services to contract requirements, standards, budget, and on-time delivery.

Undertake the role of Designer as identified in the CDM regulations, with particular attention to design risks. Ensure that safety risks are designed out or deemed “as low as reasonably practicable.

Safety Related/Critical Systems

This design job supports Thales in the production of designs where the deliverables are critical to safety. These maybe associated with a particular discipline such as power, structural, mechanical and systems (telecoms, signalling and products) all of which are managed via relevant accreditation, licensing and process.


Supporting the Design Manager, identifying change, variation, risk and opportunity, recovery and acceleration as it affects the delivery of the Engineering solution.

Overseeing the development of cost and time estimates for project activities to meet business and customer objectives.

Leading and implementing agreed change and stimulating innovation into the project to improve overall out-turn.

Validate the engineering delivery progress and support the accurate measurement of progress on the project.

Participating with other members of the Programme or bid senior management team to ensure that the Programme or bid meets its business and customer objectives.

Ensuring that any Corrective Actions and Observations related to the engineering delivery and solution are closed in a timely and complete manner.

Supporting and assisting the Engineering Functional Teams to strengthen the businesses engineering capabilities and competencies.

Be analytical about the whole process, to be always looking to continually improve: the on time delivery, cost of quality, cost of non quality and rework.


Able to use a range of IT tools.
Has a sound ability to define the use of design tools to manage complex designs.
Has a working knowledge of the CDM regulations.
Can define & manage configuration control processes.
Can manage a complex design through a defined design process and is able to tailor CHORUS2 to project needs.
Can define and use metrics as part of Quality assurance & control to change and re-model a design process.
Working knowledge of project plans.
Has a working knowledge of Engineering Safety Management.
Is able to deliver technical courses.
Able and confident to be the company technical representative at seminars and conferences.


A proven record of working in a Signalling Design engineering environment at senior level.
Has a deep understanding of Railway operational, maintenance, installation and testing rules and procedures.
Has a deep knowledge of a minimum of 1 interlocking type technology with proven record of checking/approving control tables (or equivalent) and RRI (or equivalent)/interlocking data/code.
Able to advise on signalling principles, philosophies and system solutions.
Has checking/approval level of competence of Scheme Plans.
Proven record of drafting and approving Interface/Fringe specifications.
Is competent to author and approve technical documents.
Is competent to generate and approve templates and engineering tools new to market.
Knowledge of regulatory and legislative standards.
Good working knowledge of Network rail/London Underground (or equivalent) standards
Has a full understanding of the Engineering lifecycle and its processes.
Has demonstrated design capabilities to at least a higher practitioner level for at least one key skill as captured and managed via the competency and capability management system.
Has performed or is capable of performing one or more of the roles to the level identified within the role table at the relevant level of responsibility.
Has supported, mentored and coached others in key skills development.
Has experience of or is capable of managing large teams (up to 40) across multiple offices
Has experience of or is capable of technically managing the interface to sub contractors or partners.


Holds IRSE Licence 1.1.550, 1.1.160 or equivalent

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