Lead Command, Communications & Signalling (CSS) Engineer
Job Title: Lead Command, Communications and Signalling (CCS) Engineer
The Lead CCS Engineer is responsible for the implementation of the CCS strategy and
for leading the development of the technical standards and specifications to which
the systems will be designed and constructed. Under the overall accountability of the
Head of CCS Engineering (who also has broader accountability), the Lead CCS
Engineer provides leadership of the CCS engineering tasks and is responsible for the
quality of the work. The job holder will be required to engage with programme
stakeholders, providing strategic direction for business critical workstreams and
providing technical leadership for specialist and consultancy resource
2. Reporting relationships
• Senior CCS Engineer
• Senior Engineer Traffic management
• Lead EMS Engineer
3. Role of Directorate/Department
• The Infrastructure Directorate is accountable for specifying requirements that result in an operational railway and deliver the overall benefits promised in the business case and outcomes specified in the Development Agreement.
• The Infrastructure Directorate provides support functions required to enable the delivery teams in achieving their objectives.
• The infrastructure Directorate is the system integrator. Accountability is discharged through the supply chain via delegated requirements or the directorate manages the design and implementation of system interfaces directly where necessary.
• The Infrastructure Directorate represents the interest of the future operating entities for the railway and is accountable for planning the set-up of the operating entity and the trial operations to transition to a working railway.
• The Infrastructure Directorate delivers a number of programmes (Rolling Stock and High Speed Rail Systems) to meet the requirements specified above.
• Engaging and managing stakeholders to ensure a holistic approach for development of engineering solutions.
• Providing overall technical assurance for the CCS engineering discipline.
• Working closely with the wider engineering disciplines to develop CCS solutions that consider all relevant systems and sub-systems.
• Developing requirements, specifications and standards which deliver railway capability, while mitigating environmental impacts, within the programme and budget.
• Contributing to the management of technical risk for CCS engineering works.
• Providing technical expertise and advice relating to CCS engineering to the wider project organisation and external stakeholders.
• Developing and leading the implementation of strategies for management of interfaces between CCS and other infrastructure systems, Network Rail and other 3rd party infrastructure.
• Managing work packages and suppliers, as required.
• You will be expected to 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.
5. Required criteria
• Ability to provide leadership of the CCS Engineering discipline
• Provides specialist technical support and leadership on all discipline-specific scientific, technical and engineering principles to those working directly with project development / delivery teams in area or phase.
• Capable of being a Standard Discipline Owner / Subject Matter Expert for area or phase.
• Provides technical, commercial management and leadership skills to support those working directly with project development / delivery teams in area or phase.
• Ability to communicate most discipline-specific technical ideas to stakeholders and colleagues, based on examples of application.
• Ability to apply the full range of principles relating to standards, safety and the environment.
• 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 other Subject Matter Experts or others.
• Detailed practical understanding of the application of the Common Safety Method (CSM) for risk evaluation and assessment in a CCS project context.
• Thorough understanding of the full scope of Control, Command and Signalling Systems applicable to high-speed rail projects and their relationship to railway operations.
• Comprehensive understanding of the specific technical issues associated with high-speed rail, the European Train Control System (ETCS) and Automatic Train Operation (ATO).
• Understanding of development, design and construction based on multiple similar CCS Systems projects
• Application of technical standards, both national and international, which apply to CCS and railway system design and operation
• Understanding of the technical issues associated with current and future CCS technology
• Chartered Engineer/Membership of an appropriate professional institution or the equivalent experience.
Type of experience:
• Experience of leading small teams of highly skilled, specialist engineers
• Development or delivery of CCS Systems associated with modern railways or similar client organisations.
• Working as part of a multidisciplinary management team within a large, complex project
• Establishment of requirements and evaluation of proposed solutions
• Project planning and organisation to meet significant project deadlines including cost delivery and schedule targets
• Inspirational Leadership: Demonstrating leadership flexibility, motivating and inspiring people from diverse functions and cultures.
• Execution: Stretching the performance of people with a wide range of skills and capabilities.
• Influence: Cross-matrix influencing, using a range of interpersonal approaches to persuade people with differing perspectives and interests.
• Collaboration: Collaborating across boundaries, to establish reciprocal relationships and alliances across the organisation.
• Direction: Co-ordinating cross business teams, creating a shared sense of purpose and keeping diverse teams focused on the businesses goals.
• Business Judgement: Ensuring values for money, making judgements on what will ensure commercial viability, appropriately balancing risk and return.
• Innovation: Inspiring differentiation, innovating and encouraging early adoption of new ideas and ‘pushing the boundaries’
• Growing Talent: Fast-tracking talent, taking risks with growth opportunities for high potential performers to ‘raise their game.’
6. Decision making
• Makes decisions with respect to planning, prioritising and delivering CCS engineering tasks for self and team.
• Makes strategic decisions based on sound technical judgement to offer robust, cost effective solutions to meet business requirements.
• Make recommendations to governance panels on the best technical, cost effective solution to meet the businesses requirements
The following decisions are referred for approval:
• Escalates decision making on matters that exceed delegated authority such as railway integration decisions that require budget or procurement approval.
• Jobholder will have a significant impact on the specification and award of contracts associated with the projects CCS systems, proportionally worth hundreds of millions of pounds across all phases of the project. This represents a significant proportion of the scheme’s total value in terms of capital expenditure and there is also significant impact on the potential operational cost.
• The jobholder will influence whole life costs through works carried out while developing and specifying the system and through activities such as value engineering.
• The job holder will shape the technical solutions to meet the operational, technical and functional requirements of the projects CCS Systems
• Line management responsibility for a small, specialist team, plus a team of Professional Services Consultancy staff and within matrix organisation structure to provide project deliverables.
• Budget management responsibility for Professional Services Consultants (PSC’s)
• Management responsibility for Professional Services Consultancy staff working on tasks associated with CCS engineering tasks
8. Key contacts
• Infrastructure Directorate
• Construction Directorate
• Phase Two Directorate
• Network Rail
o Principal CCS Engineer
o Route Asset Manager, S&T
• Interfacing and integration – prior to award of the Railway Systems delivery contracts, the Railway Systems team acts as the system specifier taking responsibility for all railway systems integration as the civil design progresses, associated interfaces and operational concepts are developed. The team will then retain ultimate accountably for successful railway systems integration after contract award.
• Changing environment – By its nature the project is a complex, rapidly changing project environment where flexibility is a cornerstone of successful delivery. Personnel and project teams must remain agile and prepared to work in a changing setting while working towards sometimes competing and conflicting objectives.
10. Health and safety
• Take reasonable care to ensure your own and others’ health and safety – including those who may be affected by the day-to-day delivery of this role – by taking personal responsibility for working to the projects Safe at Heart programme principles.
• Co-operate with the business in all matters relating to health and safety, including following safe working procedures at all times and not interfering with measures in place to protect your health, safety or welfare.
• Advocate and promote the company’s well-being strategy and policies.
This job description does not form part of any contract of employment and maybe amended at any time.