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Lead Engineer - Traction Power

Birmingham, United Kingdom
£54,500pa to c.£78,800
Closing date
28 Jul 2024

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
Location: Birmingham or London
Base salary: £54,500pa to c.£78,800 depending on skills and experience. In addition, we offer flexible benefits fund of 20% which is paid on top of base salary and is fully pensionable, as well as a range of competitive benefits - check them out in the Benefits section on our website.

HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential. In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities. 

As Lead Engineer – Traction Power you’ll provide technical and professional leadership for the Traction Power system, leading on the upholding of standards and technical requirements for the discipline.  They provide assurance that design, construction, testing and commissioning of the Traction Power system assets meet project requirements and work to resolve issues where appropriate.

About the role:

  • Technical lead of the Traction Power System discipline; 
  • Lead the upholding and development of requirements, specifications and standards which deliver the Traction Power System such that they deliver HS2 objectives and mitigate environmental impacts, within the programme budget;
  • Provide technical expertise and advice relating to the Traction Power System to both the wider organisation and external stakeholders as required;
  • Assure that the design for the Traction Power System on the HS2 Railway is configured and installed in accordance with standards and technical requirements and where necessary support in resolving issues in accordance with HS2 Governance Procedures;
  • Support the Head of HV Systems Engineering in engaging and consulting as appropriate with internal teams impacted by Traction design, particularly HRS12 OCS (Overhead Catenary Systems), Infrastructure Management and Systems Delivery teams, ensuring that all relevant systems and sub-systems are considered providing a holistic approach;
  • Support the Head of HV Systems Engineering to ensure an integrated, consistent approach to delivering the Traction System design, delivering the range of activities associated with the advisory and client role of the Technical Authority;
  • Support the definition and the management of interfaces between the Traction Power System and other infrastructure systems e.g. OCS and Rolling Stock including those owned and operated by London Underground Ltd, Network Rail and National Grid;
  • Ensure that HS2 Technical Governance arrangements are followed, carry out peer reviews and make recommendations for improvements where necessary;
  • Develop and implement the use of best practice and innovative engineering techniques, technologies and processes, driving consistency and helping to identify opportunities for efficiencies.
  • Actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work. Support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.

About You:


  • Provides specialist technical support and leadership on all Traction Power system specific scientific, technical and engineering principles to those working directly with project development / delivery teams /contractors. 
  • Ability to be a Standard Discipline Owner / Subject Matter Expert for the Traction Power system.
  • Able to provide specialist technical, commercial management and leadership skills to support project development / delivery teams.
  • Ability to communicate most discipline-specific technical ideas to colleagues, based largely on examples of application.
  • Ability to apply many principles relating to standards, safety and the environment and able to articulate the rest.
  • Applies principles and methods that ensure effective information management, modelling and data security.


  • Applicable UK construction regulations including CDM requirements.
  • The application of the Common Safety Method (CSM) for risk evaluation and assessment.
  • Understanding of the Regulatory/Legislative Framework 
  • Commercial awareness including understanding of cost delivery, schedule targets and the need to deliver an integrated solution that meets all functional requirements.
  • Understanding of other Railway Systems disciplines and how they interface with the traction power system.
  • Chartered Engineer/Membership of an appropriate professional institution or the equivalent experience. 

Type of Experience:

  • Experience in managing multi-disciplinary engineering, safety standards and activity on large complex major projects/ programmes within a complex infrastructure delivery programme. 
  • Experience of managing competing project and engineering demands, with cost and schedule implications.

The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect
It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.

As HS2 Ltd do not hold a sponsorship license from the Home Office, we are not able to provide sponsorship to any applicant. Applicants must already have the Right to Work in the UK at the time of application and our process involves a Right to Work validation prior to the interview stage. Note, there are certain types of time-bound visas that we cannot accept.

Any offers made to applicants will be subject to satisfactory completion of pre-employment checks which include Nationality & Immigration Status, employment references, DBS, Financial and Education checks.

We ask for a variety of detail in your online application, however we perform the first assessment of suitability for a role based solely on the information in your CV. In a further development of our efforts to create a more diverse workforce, your CV will be anonymised and personal information will be removed during the first stage of the application review. This removes bias from the process and makes it even more important that you attach an updated word version of your CV for each new application ensuring you include evidence directly related to the criteria in the job advert.

Any applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

About Us

High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK’s new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain’s major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.

In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.

HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others’ health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our ‘Safe at Heart’ programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.
HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.



High Speed Two (HS2) will be the UK’s new high speed rail network. It is a dedicated high-speed rail line that will connect London to Birmingham from 2026 and then, along a Y-shaped route, to Manchester in the West and Leeds in the East from 2033. It will provide fast, frequent and reliable connections for over 100 cities and towns, including 8 of our largest cities. By doing so, it will open up local and regional markets, attract investment and improve job opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people across the whole country.

At HS2 Ltd, we encourage our employees to build on their natural talents and add to their workplace skills. As the company grows, so should their opportunities to continue learning, apply their knowledge, enjoy their work and fulfil their long-term potential.


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