Principal Engineer

Derby | Other

Principal Engineer

Circa £50,000 per annum dependent upon experience

Hybrid based role located in Derby, DE24 8UP
Permanent / Full Time



Serco Rail Technical Services (SRTS) is a leader in the provision of rail technical expertise working with organisations in the rail sector nationally and internationally including government, rail infrastructure managers, rolling stock companies, train operators and equipment manufacturers.  


Here at SRTS Derby, we are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for a Principal Engineer to join our Instrumentation, Test and Measurement (ITM) team.  Reporting into the Engineering Services Manager, the Principal Engineer is the supervisory lead for the ITM team and is responsible for providing technical solutions that meet our contractual arrangements to deliver on-site testing and technical reporting in accordance with applicable requirements and standards. 


In addition to bringing leadership and technical expertise to the ITM team, the Principal Engineer is actively engaged in supporting the strategic direction of the business and is supported/empowered to make positive change.  There has never been a better time to join SRTS Derby.  We are undertaking some exciting projects and the Principal Engineer will be pivotal in shaping the 'here and now' alongside shaping the future. 



Responsibilities and Personal Qualities of the Principal Engineer


  • Lead/oversee/support the delivery of customer projects from inception to completion on all aspects including commercial negotiation, customer liaison, equipment preparation, personnel readiness, and resource planning. 
  • Identify and lead ITM team improvement activities
  • Identify and lead resolution of potential technical vulnerabilities
  • Identify business development opportunities and lead technical implementation
  • Ensure that ITM team work is conducted in accordance with all relevant Health and Safety requirements and compliant to engineering standards and legislation
  • Demonstrate professionalism when communicating with customers, prospects, and external authorities
  • Actively pursue personal and professional development
  • Proactively manage own day to day workload
  • Actively pursue the technical and professional development of the Engineering team
  • Actively support knowledge management and knowledge transfer
  • Prepare/supervise justified costed proposals for management review
  • Author/review/approve (where delegated) technical/business documentation
  • Provide remote support to the Engineering team/customers as required
  • Lead the development of future hardware and software capabilities
  • Prepare/supervise justified costed proposals for management review
  • Actively represent SRTS in external arenas


 Requirement for the Principal Engineer role: 


  • Professionally registered Engineer (or shown to be working towards)
  • Recognised academic qualification to a minimum Level 4 in a mechanical/electrical Engineering discipline (alternative academic qualifications with relevant experience acceptable)
  • Multi-disciplinary qualifications, skills, and experience across both electrical and mechanical fields
  • Technical knowledge of instrumentation/data gathering hardware and data processing/analysis. 
  • Recognition of SRTS in-house facilities and equipment (site walk around will be conducted for this)
  • Proven experience in leadership, skill at hand, professional/business improvement and working in customer facing environments


 What we offer:


  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Thrive App, Simply Health Plans, Cycle to Work Scheme Annual Leave Purchase Scheme and more
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and exclusive deals such as Merlin Attractions, Mobile Phone discounts, Cinema discounts, Leisure and Hospitality discounts
  • A fantastic culture and supportive team where you'll get the chance to make a positive difference in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • Interesting and enjoyable work
  • Committed to professional and personal development with a wide range of training and coaching opportunities to expand your capabilities

About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.  For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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15/06/2023 03:00:00
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