Senior/Principal Electrical Engineer (EMC Specialism)

  • Role type
  • Full time

  • Location/s

  • Closing Date
  • 24/07/2024

Job Description

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Role: Senior/Principal Electrical Engineer (EMC specialism)

Location: London, Harwell, Bristol, Manchester, Shoreham, Glasgow - Hybrid/Flexible

Role ID: 2024-2370


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world.

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company, listed on the London Stock Exchange. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


The Role

We are seeking a Senior Electrical Engineer to join our team.  This is an exciting opportunity to work on diverse and challenging projects, contribute to our expanding client base and play a pivotal role in enhancing our EMC capability.


Key responsibilities

  • Lead and contribute to a wide range of rolling stock, infrastructure and research-driven projects on behalf of esteemed clients such as Alstom, Eversholt, Hitachi, Irish Rail, LNER and RSSB.
  • Collaborate with Principal EMC Engineers to ensure project delivery adheres to high-quality standards and meets established timelines.
  • Develop engineering safety cases with a focus on electrical engineering aspects, including but not limited to overhead line harmonics, interference into trackside equipment, train borne interference interacting with safety-critical signalling systems, and compliance with EMC standards like EN 50121.
  • Mitigate interference generated by power electronics, machines (typically AC), and control systems to ensure appropriate SIL integrity.
  • Conduct risk assessments (Yellow book/CSM-RA), facilitate hazid meetings, maintain hazard records, analyse equipment failure modes, and work closely with TOC/ROSCO and regulatory bodies such as NR/ORR/RSSB.
  • Utilise simulation and modelling techniques to analyse traction equipment and it’s environment, process measured data, perform FFT’s (Fast Fourier Transforms), and extract critical information using software tools like MATLAB, Diadem, etc.
  • Prepare comprehensive technical engineering reports and develop credible safety arguments to demonstrate the safety of proposed changes and control risks to an acceptable level.
  • Engage and gain support from interested parties, including infrastructure controllers (usually NR), OOR, TOCs and ROSCOS, to obtain agreement on safety justifications.

Key Competencies and Experience

  • Experience in electrical engineering preferably with a focus on EMC.
  • Proven expertise in writing engineering safety cases, specifically addressing electrical engineering issues related to EMC compliance, harmonics, interference, and signalling systems.
  • Strong understanding of power electronics, AC machines, and control systems to effectively mitigate interference and ensure SIL integrity.
  • Experience in risk assessment methodologies (Yellow book/CSM – RA), hazid meetings, hazard record management, equipment failure modes analysis, and working with TOCs/ROSCOs, NR/ORR/RSSB.
  • Knowledge of the Energy NTSN is desirable.
  • Proficiency in simulating and modelling traction equipment, analysing measured data, and utilising software tools like Matlab, Diadem, etc for FFT analysis and critical information extraction.
  • Excellent technical report writing skills and the ability to develop credible safety arguments.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and collaborate with stakeholders, including infrastructure controllers, regulatory bodies and industry partners.
  • Strong attention to detail, problem solving abilities, and a passion for delivering high-quality results.

Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.


We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on.  Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.


Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.