Principal Civil Engineer – Rail

Principal Engineer (Rail)


£45-55k DOE

We are working on an excellent opportunity for a Principal Engineer Civils / CRE to join the Rail & Public Transport team of a leading consultancy based in Cardiff where you will be working across a varied range of regional and UK investment projects.

You will be part of a small team undertaking a full range of challenging and varied work in the planning, appraisal, design and implementation of rail and public transport schemes, working for a number of clients on projects in Wales and the rest of the UK.

The Role

You will be responsible for undertaking and managing commissions including engineering feasibility and outline design of rail projects (GRIP 1-4) to support business cases, co-ordinating input from engineering and environmental disciplines and supporting the option selection and development process, collating multi-disciplinary reports, liaising with stakeholders and Technical approval bodies submitting completed technical reports to clients.   

You will act as a Contractors Responsible Engineer (Design) for Rail Civil Engineering projects.

You will also help promote the client rail engineering offer to Contractors in Wales and the West and support the wider UK rail engineering business 

Essential Qualifications/Experience/Skills


  • Engineering degree in a relevant subject.
  • Chartered Membership of relevant professional institution (IHT, ICE etc) 
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in the rail sector
  • Experience of working in the UK rail industry with good working knowledge of Network Rail Grip process / standards and approval processes.
  • Experience working in some of the below areas:
    • Station design
    • Lineside civils works
    • Gantry and foundation designs
    • Rock cutting stabilisations works
    • Designers risk assessments
    • Bridge design, refurbishment and strengthening schemes
    • Completing design forms (F001-003)
    • Cat 3 checking of third-party designs
    • UTX/URX design
  • Able to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising planners, designers, engineers and technicians, providing technical guidance to less experienced members of the team.
  • Ability to respond to Project Manager and Client requests and meet challenging deadlines.
  • Understanding of the application of CDM requirements
  • Highly developed interpersonal qualities and communication skills suitable for working with many partners in a complex technical, organisational and political environment.
  • Manage own and others time, ensuring deliverables to agreed deadlines and within budget.
  • Proven ability to write accurate, clear, high quality reports in English.
  • Use of Microsoft Office suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)


  • Salary £40,000-£50,000 (depending upon experience).
  • Contractual working hours 37.5 per week with flexible working arrangements.
  • Annual leave-25 days (plus statutory). (27 days plus bank holidays after 5 years)
  • Company Pension Scheme.
  • Voluntary Benefit Options, including; childcare vouchers, share save scheme, life assurance, holiday buy and many more.

Professional subscriptions paid