Careers with SYSTRA

Programme Manager - Conventional Rail

Main Function of Job

We currently have an opportunity for a Programme Manager to join our growing engineering team as part of a National role, based in London, Manchester or Birmingham. This position will suit a committed individual who can demonstrate interpersonal skills combined with technical and commercial awareness, and the ability to play their part in growing a dynamic, high performing team. 

This is a key role to expand the engineering business in the UK by working with the Head of Strategic Sales to develop opportunities, lead and manage prequalification and tenders from initial notification to successful submission.  You will actively support the Head of Strategic Sales with the management of business development for the UK engineering/rail market. You will have experience in building relationships with clients, consultants and contractors, and translating their challenges into successful opportunities.  You will take ownership and responsibility for driving the day-to-day interaction with clients and stakeholders in the UK to submit bid/tender documentation on time, to provide an economically advantageous tender, and to a standard resulting in successful contract award.  

As Programme Manager, you will be part of a growing team of UK professionals delivering projects for a diverse portfolio of UK clients. As such you will support the team in ensuring good relationships are maintained with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company.

Main Duties

Working in collaboration with our management team, engineers and contract partners, the CR Programme Manager will be involved in a variety of tasks including:

  • Ensuring Project requirements are fully met
  • Compliance with internal governance and relevant standards & legislation
  • Project forecast monitoring and communication regarding impacts
  • Project costs & invoicing control
  • Supervise project teams, cascade monthly safety brief to the projects resources
  • Liaise with Clients and Partners to ensure their requirements/constraints are effectively understood
  • Participate in industry events to engage with new Clients and Partners
  • Identify opportunities for current projects and new business
  • Support engineering bids preparation
  • Deputise for the Strategic Head of Sales as required



  • Experience of delivering multi-discipline infrastructure projects to Network Rail as a Tier One or Tier Two supplier
  • Knowledge of Network Rail structure, strategy, challenges and future investment plans
  • Commercial awareness in a rail infrastructure context


  • Experience of bid preparation in the engineering/design/delivery services context
  • Development of innovative programming and reporting solutions
  • Understanding of multi-disciplinary and global engineering teams’ co-ordination across major infrastructure projects
  • Member of APM (desirable)
  • Chartered Engineer (desirable)