Network Rail Jobs 2023 – Design Engineer

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Job Introduction

Calling Geotechnical Engineers!

Looking for your next role and a new challenge?

Do you have Geotechnical knowledge & experience?

Do you have a working knowledge of railway standards, Eurocode 7 and UK annex design codes, ground investigation in addition to construction contracts and specifications?

Do you have experience in Ground Investigations; Producing and Checking of Ground Investigation Reports & Geotechnical Design Reports?

If so, please read below as this may be the role for you!

Main Responsibility

A typical week can be highly varied and involve office-based design activity from Desk Studies to detailed software analysis, stakeholder engagement, engagement with suppliers, site-based activity including supervision of investigations, supervision of construction activities, assessment of existing earthworks and structures.

The team undertake work on single and also multi-disciplinary projects working alongside our NRDD colleagues in Track, Signalling, Civils & Structures, Buildings & Architecture and M&E teams on complex and challenging regional and national projects to deliver innovative and award-winning projects and delivering efficiencies and improved risk management. The team comprises Geotechnical Engineers, Engineering Geologists, Civil and Drainage Engineers. Professional development leading to Chartered status is encouraged and actively supported within the team complimented by targeted training and coaching to support staff achieve their goals.

We are looking for an enthusiastic team member with skills to critically evaluate geotechnical problems, and clearly communicate technical detail to both technical and non-technical stakeholders.

In this role you will need technical expertise and experience in assessing risks and solutions related to geotechnical engineering & drainage activities, with particular reference to the railway environment. Any previous experience of undertaking and managing: desk studies, design, procuring & supervising Ground Investigations (GIs); producing and checking of Ground Investigation Reports & Geotechnical Design Reports in accordance with the requirements of Eurocode 7 : Part 1 is advantageous. Experience of soil mechanics, foundation design (shallow and piled), retaining wall design (gravity and embedded), slope stability and engineering geology would also be desirable

It would also be great if you have working knowledge of railway standards, Eurocode 7 and UK annex design codes, ground investigation and construction contracts and specifications.

The role will be based in our London Waterloo office. You will be responsible for producing deliverables and developing towards undertaking the role of Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) in accordance with NR/L2/RSE/02009.

The Ideal Candidate

Sound interested? This is what you will need to have:


  • A Civil Engineering or Engineering Geology degree or equivalent industry-recognised training qualification.
  • A demonstrable aptitude for option development.
  • Strong evaluation and decision-making skills.
  • An ability to work and communicate effectively in a team context.
  • An appreciation of all the life cycle stages of rail infrastructure.
  • CDM, Risk Assessment competency.


  • Working towards membership of an appropriate professional institution (e.g. ICE, Geolsoc etc).
  • Experience in design, construction and maintenance.
  • A working knowledge of rail engineering
  • Basic Project Management Skills.
  • Strong Interpersonal and team working skills.
  • Broad knowledge of H&S legislation.
  • Understanding of Environmental Requirements of Geotechnical & Drainage schemes.
  • Basic knowledge of Quality Management.
  • Competent in exercising the Designer’s obligations of CDM.

Who we are looking for?

We are committed to a diverse workplace enriched with representation from diverse cultures, backgrounds and skills. We pride ourselves on creating an environment where difference is embraced, and individuals can thrive. We recognise that the success of the team is dependent on a multi-cultural, multi-disciplined group of individuals, aligned to deliver successful solutions.

At Network Rail, we have a number of employee networks to reflect our diverse population and help to raise issues to the wider workforce and support their membership and support our Everybody Matters strategy, led by our central Diversity & Inclusion team. We have Diversity & Inclusion Champions who take part and lead on many activities, to drive through more initiatives to support an inclusive environment for all its people and promote a professional and positive working environment. For more information on Diversity & Inclusion at Network Rail, please follow this link

Package Description

Vacancy Type: Full-time but flexible working patterns will be considered.

Duration: Permanent

Location: London Waterloo General Offices

Closing date: 20th October 2023

Band & Salary: Band 5, Starting from £26,000

We’re an organisation where people matter. We matter to millions.

Network Rails Design Delivery (NRDD) Geotechnical & Drainage teamwork across all Regions of Network Rail on a broad range of projects from early-stage design development through to detailed design, site supervision & verification of construction works. The team provides support for emergency and reactive projects and work in a highly collaborative manner with clients and delivery teams.

The types of projects the team deliver include earthworks (embankment & cuttings), rock slopes, ground investigations (including GIR & GDR’s), foundation designs and assessment, rainfall catchment analysis & drainage system design and scour assessments. The team has access to a full suite of software which allows us to assess slope stability, design foundations & piles, retaining walls and undertake settlement assessments and drainage design

We offer excellent benefits, including:

  • 28 days annual leave, plus bank holidays and volunteering days (5 days)
  • Flexible working patterns such as working from home and working compressed hours
  • Rail and underground season ticket subsidies up to 75%
  • £3,200 London Weighting
  • A range of pension schemes
  • Higher Education Sponsorship
  • Support & encouragement for Chartership / Professional Accreditation (ICE / Geolsoc)
  • Membership of Professional Institution reimbursed
  • 5 days Volunteer Leave Entitlement
  • Close knit, engaged & supportive team
  • Childcare voucher scheme
  • 2 weeks paid reserve leave for our Armed Forces community
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • GymPass – Access to gym’s across the UK
  • Access to ‘My Benefits’ portal which include discounts in food, technology and experience days

In 2021, we were voted as one of the Best Places to work in the UK .

Click ‘apply for this job’ to apply. If you would like to speak the Resourcing Team please contact [email protected]

For further information of the role please contact Ahmir Khan or Ian Samworth

About The Company

We’re an organisation where people matter. We matter to millions.

Our role is to run a safe, reliable and efficient railway,  serving customers and communities. We exist to get people and goods where they need to be and to support our country’s economic prosperity.  Safety is our number one priority. 

We’re undertaking an ambitious change. Our vision is Putting Passengers First – becoming a company that is on the side of passengers and freight users.

As one of the UK’s leading equal opportunities employers, our values and the way we behave is important to us and we have created an environment where we value and respect every individual’s unique contribution. We have seven employee networks that provide fantastic support, opportunities and development for applicants from all backgrounds. Click here for more information

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