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Track team leader

Job Profile

We are looking for an enthusiastic, confident and experienced team lead to join Mott MacDonald’s Track team. You will help us grow and develop the team to ensure that we:

a) Optimise our opportunity to secure and deliver track design works associated with HS2.
b) Lead the provision of Track engineering support to the Birmingham multi-disciplinary engineering team.
c) Provide team leadership and guidance to the existing track teams in Croydon and York.
d) Provide commercial and project management leadership to the existing track teams.


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

Our rail team are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, imaginative and committed person to join our growing, world-class rail business as a track team lead. In return we offer you the opportunity to develop your career and shape exciting projects, such as HS2, Crossrail 2, Northern Powerhouse, Midland Hub etc.

The role is varied and will involve:
Lead track design in Birmingham to secure and deliver track work associated with HS2 and other projects in the Midlands area.
Responsibility for the successful performance of the existing track teams in Croydon and York and assisting teams in our European offices to deliver projects in the UK and globally.
Commercial and financial responsibility for the delivery of track design projects on time and to budget.

Line management responsibilities for professional engineers, graduates and apprentices.
Business development activities, including winning new business and promoting Mott MacDonald’s business externally.

You will have responsibility for the successful commercial and financial management of projects throughout their lifecycle. You will be responsible for management of overheads, staff utilisation, monthly management reporting, business development activities and a broad range of related general management activities relating to a team of professional engineers.
Added to this, you are also responsible for managing engineers and technical specialists including sub consultants. This covers recruitment, staff development and performance management, performance development reviews, competence management, training, communications and staff welfare.

With support from the other team leaders and technical directors, you will develop and maintain professional excellence across the service sectors, including the development and application of innovative technical solutions.

Business development will be a key part of your role – to coordinate the preparation of bids, develop solid relationships with key clients, and proactively promote our services through internal and external networking opportunities such as relevant seminars, conferences and other events.

Candidate Specification

Essential academic, professional qualifications and experience:

Chartered or equivalent, with an appropriate degree (e.g. BEng in Civil Engineering or Mechanical Engineering) and a member of a relevant institution (e.g. PWI, IET, IMECHE, IEHF or INCOSE).
Demonstrable project and commercial management of projects.
Extensive experience working for an engineering consultancy within the rail sector

Essential competencies / skills:
Substantial experience of leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams, and being able to demonstrate the following:

Experience in all aspects of track design on Network Rail, from GRIP1 through to GRIP 5-8.
Detailed knowledge and experience of Network Rail design approval process at CRE level.
Technical design experience to carry out supervision and project management of staff.
Capable of producing and checking a wide variety of track design details.
Have an understanding of system engineering concepts and safety management.
Be familiar with construction and installation methods.
Be proficient in project planning and costing.
Able to write and check reports and specifications.
Good communication and people skills.
Be willing to travel to other UK offices and overseas when required.
Proven track record in winning and undertaking fee-earning work.
Have a good track record of ensuring programme performance including commercial, financial and technical delivery.
Proven business development skills, including the building of solid client relationships
Be able to demonstrate a record of successfully managing the performance of teams and the development of staff in their careers.
Excellent and effective written and oral communications skills and an ability to relate to others at all levels
Leadership skills.
Be decisive, tolerant of ambiguity with high energy levels.

Desirable Competencies / Skills
High speed rail experience would be an advantage.

If you feel you have most of the above, we would like to hear from you.
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