Rolling Stock Mechanical Engineering - Principal/ Senior/ Consultant -

  • Role type
  • Permanent

  • Location
  • Bristol, Derby, London, Preston, York

  • Closing Date
  • 30/03/2018

Job Description

Ricardo PLC

Ricardo is a global strategic, technical and environmental consultancy and specialist niche manufacturer of high performance products. We also provide independent assurance services in the rail sector.  With a century of delivering excellence and innovation, we employ over 2,500 professional engineers, consultants and scientists world-wide.

Our activities cover a range of market sectors including passenger car, commercial vehicle, rail, defence, motorsport, motorcycle, off-highway, marine, clean energy and power generation.

Our client list includes the world’s major transportation original equipment manufacturers, supply chain organisations, energy companies, financial institutions and government agencies.

Guided by our corporate values of respect, integrity, innovation and passion we enable our customers to achieve sustainable growth and commercial success.

Ricardo Rail

Ricardo Rail is a global multi-disciplinary rail consultancy providing services in expert advice and independent assurance across the UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia where we employ c500 consultants working on rolling stock, infrastructure and independent assurance projects.

Our UK Rail business employs c120 consultants in offices in London, Preston, York, Bristol and Derby, which is our head office.

We provide consultancy and independent assurance services, including NoBo, DeBo, AsBo and ISA, across infrastructure and rolling stock to a clients including infrastructure managers, train manufactures, equipment manufacturers and maintainers.

Our shared goal is to be the natural choice provider of expert advice and independent assurance services to the global rail industry.  Care, integrity and excellence will always drive our long-term relationships with clients and colleagues.

Due to continued growth we are now looking to strengthen our rolling stock team to support the delivery of existing and new projects.

Job Summary:

The role we are seeking to fill is that of a Mechanical Engineering consultant to support our rolling stock business in Derby.

As a leading consultant you will work on the delivery of projects providing expert advice to the project deliverables and directly to the client as required, our projects cover the whole project lifecycle including: feasibility studies, procurement, concept design, detailed design, testing, approvals, operations and maintenance.

You will have experience in mechanical systems on passenger and freight rolling stock such as brake systems, couplers, structures, bogies, doors, gangways etc.

As we also undertake assurance work you will be required to review and asses compliance with standards such as EC Directives, TSIs, Railway Group Standards and other related standards of which a working knowledge is required, including testing of railway equipment.

Experience of the CSM for risk assessment and EN50126/9 or if required produce the safety risk assessment on behalf of the client is also desirable either in terms of developing compliance or the independent assessment is desirable.

As a project manager for relevant projects within your area of expertise you will be required to manage the delivery of your own work to the client and that of others within the team to timescale, cost and quality.

Responsibilities / Accountabilities:

  • To bid, win and deliver projects.
  • Work with clients to understand ultimate objectives and desired outcomes for each project.
  • As part of a team, lead and deliver specific work packages to quality, time and budget.
  • Manage projects and deliver work-streams, taking direction from the Project Director when required. Ensure that the work scope of work and time budgets are clear, monitored and managed, and that risks to delivering to quality, on time and within budget against acceptance criteria are anticipated and managed. Initiate timely and accurate invoicing so that invoicing targets are met. Ensure overall client satisfaction targets are met throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Manage and deliver proposals, identifying potential risks, devising the approach, specifying clear acceptance criteria, resourcing and costs.
  • Take the commercial lead for projects and proposals.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • Engineering Degree qualified
  • Chartered Engineer through a relevant engineering institution (IMechE) or able to achieve.
  • Considerable relevant experience in providing consultancy and/or engineering design projects in the
  • field of passenger rolling stock.
  • A working knowledge of relevant standards.
  • Strong experience in several of the following:

            o   Braking Systems
            o   Structures
            o   Bogies and running dynamics
            o   Doors systems
            o   Coupling systems
            o   Gangways
            o   Maintenance

  • Strong skills in Excel and other analytic packages
  • Good knowledge of UK rail industry
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to communicate with many
  • audiences
  • A visible passion for the rail industry
  • Experience working for a recognised Rail consultancy
  • Has an excellent  reputation within the Rail industry with many client contacts
  • Experience of leading and managing project teams
  • Flexibility to travel in the UK and short durations overseas if required

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