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Senior OLE Design Engineer

YOR000015 Requisition #

About us

Manchester/ York/Sheffield/Liverpool

We are looking for a talented and enthusiastic Senior Engineer to join our lively and dynamic Rail team and help us shape a better world. Working with our world-class team of dynamic engineers and designers, this role will cover an extremely wide variety of nationally important projects both in the UK and overseas. 

Our regional offices contain talented, multidisciplinary teams offering a broad range of professional services and expertise including railway design, construction, installation, and commissioning.  In this post, you will be part of a team, responsible for the successful delivery of our design commissions for our major clients including Network Rail contractors (in a design and build context) and other agencies such as Train Operators, Councils, Passenger Transport Executives, and academic institutions.

Our current portfolio of multidisciplinary projects across various GRIP Stages includes Transpennine Route Upgrade West of Leeds, Headbolt Lane New Station, Princes Risborough to Aylesbury, Midland Main Line Electrification, and Portobello Junction LDO

Here at Arup, we think differently, we will support and offer you the freedom to push boundaries and the space to explore your career. If you are a dynamic, engaging, and astute professional, who is driven to find a better way and make a positive difference in the world, we might just be the place for you.


About the Role

Ensuring the successful delivery of technically excellent multidisciplinary rail projects and bids across our UK portfolio, you will be responsible for determining the OLE design requirements from our client brief and be able to make sound decisions and propose the right design solution. Thereafter produce the required OLE design to multidisciplinary design teams on large or medium-sized projects. In addition, you would be aligning on and checking the OLE designs and calculations within implementation and renewal projects. Throughout the above, you would be collaborating and sharing knowledge, best practices and innovation across our business, providing guidance, training, and feedback with other related disciplines and skills, locally and across the UK.

All the while, you will have the freedom to work independently, managing your own personal development utilising our in-house and external training opportunities.


Essential Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience in leading and the production and checking and Approval of Overhead Line Equipment Feasibility
  • Scheme and Detailed Design (including OLE layout plans, cross-sections, sectioning diagrams, bills of quantity, Bonding plans within multi-disciplinary rail projects.
  • Competent in the production of drawings using CAD (e.g. Bentley MicroStation) software, design software (e.g.LinearDraft and ELF)
  • Experience in undertaking site surveys/site visits and reporting on asset conditions.


Desirable Skills and Knowledge:

  • Experience of Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) or equivalent.
  • Experience of construction methods and installation.
  • Assisting Bid Managers in preparing competitive tender submission/bids.
  • Knowledge of Third Rail and other railway electrification systems.
  • Knowledge and experience Traction Supply and Distribution.
  • An appropriate HND, university degree, or equivalent qualification
  • Ideally, an associate member of the IMEchE or IET and an Incorporated Engineer
  • Chartered Member of the IMEchE, IET or similar would be preferrable.


Rewards and Benefits

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits packages in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical, and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.


Different people, shared values.

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks - BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women - provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference - discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best throughout your application.

At Arup, we appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply, and we will discuss how this could work in your role.

What happens next?


If this could be the next step in your journey, please apply online. All applications will be considered, and we will try our very best to respond to you within 72 hours of receiving your application.


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