Survey Engineering Manager

  1. Transportation

Survey Engineering Manager

The Transportation UK&E division in Atkins, now part of the SNC Lavalin Group, brings together the capabilities of our Highway, Rail & Local Transport teams into a single 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 projects such as high-speed rail, designing major new road & highways schemes and upgrading our existing transport networks to deliver future demand. Specifically, we have been awarded a significant programme of works on the Central Rail Systems Alliance working with partners Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and TSO, as the Designer for the Alliance we are recruiting into key roles such as this one.

As part of our continued growth we are seeking a Survey Engineering Manager. The successful individual will broadly responsible for delivering technical excellence, managing suppliers, ensuring delivery programmes are maintained and will have a strong interest in Innovation as we aspire to deliver next generation railway systems upgrades.

Furthermore, the individual will be responsible for providing rigour in optimising the balance between internal and external supply chain resources to deliver high quality topographical and other surveys and asset data collection in relation to rail infrastructure projects.

A primary function of the role will be to ensure that asset data collection commissioned from 3rd party suppliers is to the same standard as delivered by in-house teams through a combination of supplier assessment, system audits and field checks/audits.

Our current workload includes projects of all sizes in the North West & Central and Eastern regions in Network Rails geography, so from the main London Terminals to the Scottish borders with England.


•Build and maintain a supply chain network of survey and/or asset data collation companies across the UK to supplement in-house resources to cope with peaks in work-load.

•Interface with design and construction teams within the Alliance to ensure technical excellence is achieved in survey but also construction, support and development to engineers in geomatics practice is a fundamental requirement of the role.

•Work closely with internal and external Clients to ensure all services provided (whether through internal resource or supply chain) meet or exceed expectations

•Assist the Design Delivery Managers with planning and managing workload through bespoke systems, allocating appropriate, technically skilled resources to projects and tasks, ensuring efficient delivery of services and maximising resource utilisation.

•Implement agreed quality control measures to ensure 3rd party suppliers deliver to the highest technical standards within time, quality and budget constraints, setting and agreeing objectives as required by Clients

•Assist with the identification, engagement and performance monitoring of 3rd party suppliers ensuring full compliance with the supply chain management protocols and company commercial guidelines

•Understand and ensure compliance with contract terms, meeting and exceeding expectations.

•Work with the team specialists to develop protocols, processes and specifications which ensure supply chain partners are working to our same high standards of health, safety & welfare

•Embed technical Innovation into everything we do as part of the CRSA Digital Strategy, be an advocate for disruptive change and be active in responding to industry changes

•Implement commercial model for commissioning third party suppliers and providing audit and checking regimes 



Educated to degree level in an appropriate discipline such as Engineering, Surveying/Geomatics, Project Management or Business Management

Membership of an appropriate Institution such as  RICS,CICES would be an advantage.

Essential Criteria

Proven competency, experience and success in most of the following;

•Developing delivery models understanding objectives and success criteria within the external, internal and contractual framework

•Generating the scope of works with acceptance criteria and key performance indicators appropriate to the scale of the project with effective implementation of change control.

•Monitoring suppliers programmes against agreed targets and Client requirements

•Ensuring effective risk management strategies and methodologies are established and implemented

•Ensuring that all project contributors effectively manage resources to ensure the safe delivery of surveys across the CRSA portfolio, this includes the review of WPP’s and task briefs.

•Developing communication, risk, quality and other strategies for monitoring the delivery of projects by suppliers.

•Ensuring projects are being adequately controlled through project plans, progress analysis and forecasting.

•Managing 3rd party suppliers, complying with legal and ethical obligations and understanding contract law and standard contract models used in civil engineering projects.

•Applying business policies, quality and environmental management systems, project governance procedures and financial control systems to team management, projects and project portfolios.

•Understanding legal, contractual and technical considerations affecting the delivery of the service/portfolio.

•Providing advice to Clients and stakeholders on commercial, contractual and technical matters.

•Identifying all the desired outcomes of a project/service, with experience in managing in a changing environment

•Ability to build good working relationships with stakeholders and suppliers through effective communication and well-honed influencing skills

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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