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Senior Telecommunications Designer – Railway Communications and Information Systems (C&IS)

  1. Birmingham
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Senior Telecommunications Designer – Railway Communications and Information Systems (C&IS)

Senior Telecommunications Designer – Railway Communications and Information Systems (C&IS)

Are you ready to take up a vital role in shaping some of our exciting projects? How about joining our talented team, where everyone has a voice, and together we face our clients' problems head-on. It's a diverse and inclusive work environment where world-class talent knows no distinctions.

We know that different people have different priorities, which is why we're here to support you. Flexible and remote working is a central part of our culture. So, talk to us about what's ideal for you – from reduced weeks to buying more leave over school holidays. And if you're returning from a career break, ask us how we can help you transition back into work with us.

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The UK & Europe Transportation Division in Atkins brings together the capabilities of our key markets, Strategic Highways, Strategic Rail, Local Transport, into a single £450m turnover business of 3,750+ talented engineers and professionals. The transport infrastructure sector is experiencing unprecedented levels of investment and Atkins is playing lead roles in key projects across the UK and Europe from high-speed rail to major road programmes to Digital Railway implementation.  It is not just about today, the business is investing and building new capability and services in intelligent mobility, digital asset management and new products for the rail market.  Our teams work closely with Government, national and local authorities to deliver integrated transport strategies and solutions that support economic growth and improved journeys for all.

The unique breadth of services in transportation, combined with our scale, makes us the leading UK transport engineering consultancy, enabling us to inspire our people and collaborate with our clients to shape the future of transportation.

Reporting to one of the Team Leaders in our Railway Communications Practice, the Senior Telecommunications Designer will be responsible for the leadership of a design team delivering a diverse range of Rail Telecommunications Projects. A small selection of current projects include the Feltham Resignalling programme (deploying our Electrologix Interlocking and supporting fibre optic comms network solutions), East West Rail Alliance, Euston Station Enabling, High Speed 2, Level Crossing Framework, Track Alliance Framework, Network Rail Telecommunications Secondments (Part of the NRT framework), Multidisciplinary Station Design Projects including West of Fife in Scotland, to St Erth in Cornwall. We have a wide variety of projects delivered Nationwide.

The role will be based in either Birmingham, Glasgow, Plymouth or York. Flexible and home working is part of our culture and other locations will be considered.

Atkins Railway Communications and Information Systems (C&IS) team is part of our Signalling & Communications delivery business. As such you will be part of a resource group comprising over 400 staff, with a £100m per annum turnover. We are a key supplier to Network Rail on many of its major S&T schemes (including the Feltham Re-signalling programme) and as one of NRT’s suppliers on their Network Design and Integration Services Framework. We also have developing relationships with TFL, London Underground and several contractors.  The Signalling and Comms business, core activities consist of design, construction, testing, engineering and project management of signalling projects – combined with Intelligent Transportation Systems consultancy and design, a railway safety training school and several roles around airport communications and security systems.  Reflecting our technical expertise and scale, we are often involved in the largest and most complex projects, which have a significant impact on and ability to enhance the UK’s rail network and stations infrastructure.


  • This role will involve undertaking the following activities:
  • Co-ordination with other disciplines (internal and external) in the placement and integration of communication equipment within the overall design;
  • Production of design deliverables including specifications, reports, schedules, drawings and technical schematics;
  • Production of temporary and stage works designs,
  • Management of internal design resource utilised in producing elements of the design.
  • Management of budgets and ensuring delivery to programme.
  • Management of 3rd party design resource utilised in producing elements of the design (e.g. acoustic consultants, CAD);
  • Management of 3rd party equipment manufacturers and suppliers to ensure proposed equipment is suitable for the individual project requirements;
  • Verification of the design against customer requirements and standards;
  • Attendance at internal and external co-ordination, progress and design review meetings;
  • Undertake design reviews of other concurrent Communication Systems designs.


  • Degree or Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering, Electronics Engineering or Communications Disciplines.
  • Minimum of 10 years Current / Previous UK Railway Telecoms Design Experience.
  • CRE experience with significant co-ordination with other engineering disciplines.
  • Production of stage work and final designs to the point of Approval for Construction.
  • Holder of IRSE Telecoms Designer Licence (or working towards)
  • A collaborative approach to all aspects of the role, both with the client and the wider telecoms team.
  • Willing to travel and work at various locations within the UK
  • Willing to work unsocial hours as required on an occasional basis
  • Competent in Microstation
  • To have adequate health and fitness as candidates will undergo client’s medical tests to work on their premises.
  • Able to produce written communication that is easily understood.
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work within a team

Flexible Working

We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations.

Why work for Atkins?

Our Transportation teams are reinventing transport for a challenging yet exciting future. We're creating new ideas and smart solutions for cities, people and the environment. You'll be working alongside some of the top people in our industry, solving challenges that bring together traditional engineering and new technologies. As part of our organisation, you'll be in a privileged position, delivering what's right for governments and communities. You'll be helping us to improve our leading environmental performance while enabling others to do the same.

Meeting your needs

To help you get the most out of life in and outside of work, we offer employees "Total Reward." It's a package that can be tailored to your changing lifestyle, career and personal needs. You'll enjoy benefits such as partner discounts, leadership training, professional, accreditations, and career planning for any stage of your career.

Making sure you're supported is important to us. So, if you identify as having a disability, tell us ahead of your interview. And let's talk through any adjustments you might need. 

More about us

Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, is a leading global consultancy with over 80 years of design and engineering expertise. With us, you'll be surrounded by the skills, knowledge and support to help you succeed. Together, we can deliver projects which have a positive, sustainable impact on the world.

Atkins, ranked as one of LinkedIn’s Top 25 Companies, where UK professionals want to work and stay once, they join.

Check out some of our recent, most exciting projects.

Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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