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Engineering Director - Stations

Posted: 29 Jul 2020 Closes: 12 Aug 2020
London Competitive
Permanent & Full-time HS2_20000604

As Engineering Director - Stations at HS2 you will be responsible for providing technical leadership and consistency across an asset focused delivery group of Integrated Project Teams (IPTs). This includes principal Design assurance, supervision and coordination across the asset, technical support and advice to the relevant Client Director in order to discharge their accountabilities in relation to CDM (Construction (Design and Management), of strategic change and decision making.

About the role:

  • To be accountable for ensuring that the duties of the Principal Designer Representative as mandated within the CDM Regulations 2015 are being discharged appropriately within the Stations IPTs.
  • To be responsible for coordinating the Principal Designer Representatives across the Stations IPTs.
  • To support and advise the Stations Asset Director on technical matters in relation to strategic change, the resolution of technical issues escalated from the IPT, technical representation at appropriate governance forum and technical support and input into engagement with political and strategic stakeholders.
  • To be accountable for technical leadership across the Stations IPTs to promote and drive use of best practice and innovative engineering techniques, technologies and processes, joint value for money initiatives and knowledge sharing.
  • To be responsible for promoting and applying consistent approaches towards technical assurance, system safety, configuration management and supervision across the Stations IPTs.
  • To have overall accountability for providing professional and functional leadership to Heads of Engineering and Environment embedded within the Stations IPTs, in accordance with policies and standards set up by the appropriate HS2 functions.
  • To be responsible for assuring that the HS2 Technical Governance arrangements are followed across the Stations IPTs and make recommendations for improvements where necessary.
  • To create a collaborative culture with the supply chain and across IPTs that encourages and implements the use of best practice, innovative engineering and environmental techniques, technologies and processes, driving consistency and identifying opportunities for efficiencies and maximises the benefits of knowledge sharing.
  • Actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.


About You:


  • Stakeholder management - the ability to manage diverse stakeholder groups which includes central government, local government, professional bodies, internal stakeholders and JV board stakeholders.
  • Complex problem solving - identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions. This includes the management and planning of multiple workstreams and the competing demands of stakeholders.
  • Clear direction - defining and prioritising objectives, analysing inputs, assessing and challenging data, defining strategies and supporting rationales.
  • Decision quality - gathering and synthesising information, identifying options and applying sound judgement based on logic and reason, making use of a variety of analytical approaches to provide relevant information to suppliers, stakeholders and decision makers using key facts and data.
  • Technical leadership
  • Understanding both the needs of pragmatic delivery cost and schedule targets as well as the need to deliver integrated engineering and environmental solutions which meet all the functional requirements and deliver the end state railway.
  • Strategic oversight and contextual technical support and leadership on innovative/sensitive/ contentious multi discipline-technical and engineering principles.
  • Can confidently communicate all discipline-specific technical ideas to any audience, citing a wide range of examples of application.
  • Applies principles and methods that ensure effective information management, modelling and data security; understands the approaches and consequences to data creation, transformation and visualisation and knowing when to seek guidance from Subject Matter Expert.


  • Best practice IPT management principles and matrix organisations.
  • Applicable UK construction regulations including CDM requirements.
  • Knowledge of how supply chain sectors operate across various geographies and industries (incl. civil, construction and rail).
  • Specific knowledge of the UK context surrounding HS2, which includes having knowledge and understanding of the political and environmental implications which may/may have impacted HS2.
  • Understanding of the Regulatory/Legislative Framework relevant to HS2.
  • Commercial awareness including understanding of cost delivery, schedule targets and the need to deliver an integrated solution that meets all functional requirements.
  • Chartered Engineer/Membership of an appropriate professional institution or the equivalent experience.

Type of experience:

  • Experience in leading multi-disciplinary standards, safety and the environment activity on large complex major projects/programmes within a complex infrastructure delivery programme including the management of multi-discipline project teams.
  • Experience of managing competing demands including engineering, technical and environmental with cost and schedule implications.
  • Experience of managing and/or influencing governance forums including partnering boards, collaboration boards, local/regional political stakeholders and JV partner boards with delegated decision-making powers of multi-millions of pounds.
The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect
It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.
We ask for a variety of detail in your online application, however we perform the first assessment of suitability for a role based solely on the information in your CV. Please attach an updated word version of your CV for each new application and include evidence directly related to the criteria in the job advert.

About Us:

High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK's new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain's major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.
HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.
In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.
HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others' health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our 'Safe at Heart' programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.
HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.

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