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Rolling Stock Safety Engineering -Principal/ Senior / Consultant

  • Role type
  • Permanent

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

  • Closing Date
  • 25/05/2018

Job Description


Position Title:              Senior Consultant – Rolling Stock Safety Engineering

Grade:                          D                

Status:                         Permanent              

Department:                 Ricardo Rail UK

Location:                      London

Reporting to:                Team Leader


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.

We are now looking to recruit a senior Rolling Stock Safety consultant to take a leading role in delivering consultancy for clients in rolling stock projects.

Job Summary:

The role we are seeking to fill is that of a senior Rolling Stock Safety Consultant to support our projects and deliverables in rolling stock.

A good domain knowledge of railway rolling stock engineering (mechanical and electrical) is essential and a detailed understanding of rolling stock systems and how they interface and operate with each other at an engineering level is key.

As a Senior Consultant you will be heavily client focussed and will spend a significant time dealing with our clients to ensure we deliver our services efficiently and understand the clients’ needs and requirements. We require all our consultants to interface with Clients and other project stakeholders at both a technical and contractual level.


You will be required to take on a range of projects including consultancy, safety engineering and RAMS and so will be able to understand the processes and procedures and their implementation.

As a more senior member of the team you would also be overseeing work being undertaken by less experienced engineers, providing advice and assistance at the detailed level.

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:

  • Provide expertise and advice to Ricardo Rail and external clients on rolling stock projects, engineering practice, potential solutions.
  • To be a senior player in project teams preparing and/or reviewing project documentation.
  • Liaise with consultants and contractors on project issues, and interface with clients on both a technical and contractual matters.
  • Manage and lead projects as required, controlling budgets, quality and timeliness of deliverables and working with resource managers to utilise the right people.
  • Develop proposals and undertake business development activities to enhance client relationships and secure further work to achieve sales targets.
  • Interface with domain experts from other disciplines within the Ricardo Rail global business.
  • Oversee and review the work of other consultants as required.
  • Maintain your own competence and knowledge at the forefront of your area of expertise.

Qualifications / Experience:

  • You will be degree educated in a suitable engineering discipline and have achieved Chartered Engineer or equivalent through a relevant professional institution such as the IET/IMechE.
  • Successful delivery of own areas of responsibility, including quality deliverables, on time and to budget.
  • Analytical and methodical problem solving.
  • Rolling stock domain expertise.
  • A visible passion for the rail industry.
  • Versatile and adaptable, able to operate under pressure.
  • Strong communication skills, written and verbal.
  • Flexibility to travel in the UK and short durations overseas if required.
  • Safety engineering and safety case development for rolling stock projects.
  • Risk Assessment techniques including the participation in the HazID process.