• Systems Engineer

    Job Locations UK-London
    Posted Date 1 month ago(1 month ago)
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  • About Costain and your project.

    Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.


    HS2 is the UK’s new high speed rail network. It will be a catalyst for economic growth across Britain, freeing up space on the existing railways and connecting 8 out of the UK’s 10 biggest cities with fast, reliable and frequent high speed services.


    Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV) are delivering the Enabling Works Contract (EWC) programme of works for HS2, across the Southern area, to make way for the main civil and station build contracts. The scope of the EWC South includes demolition, utilities diversions, highways, archaeology, and ecology works over 4-6 years, with an estimated final value in excess of £500m. You will be directly involved in the delivery of the programme of circa 150 individual projects and will help contribute to skills and employment in the local community, leaving a positive legacy.

    What will I be doing?

    As a Systems engineer will contribute to the development and management of technical assurance on assigned work packages using a systems engineering approach for both the CSJV and the supply chain. You will gain the opportunity to work on one of the highest profile and largest infrastructure projects in Europe. They will join a multi-disciplinary project as part of the team responsible for the technical assurance delivery using a systems engineering approach.


    You will be responsible for capturing and developing stakeholder requirements at the highest level and ensuring that these requirements are specified, managed and fully assured within the delivery of the HS2 Enabling Works contract. You will support the development of the reviews to confirm the activities are generating the expected outputs and there is suitable and sufficient evidence to support the assurance case for the work.


    This role will support the overall progressive assurance activities being provided across the project lifecycle, demonstrating compliance with the requirements, design intent and objectives of the scope of work being delivered by the CSJV through provision of V&V captured evidence to the delivery teams, customer and other stakeholders.



    Key Responsibilities:


    • Develop Technical Assurance scheme for work packages
    • Undertake the development of requirements and assurance criteria in order to comply with source requirements i.e. external regulations, standards, contract technical as well as meet the work package or project objectives.
    • Engage with the Technical and Delivery teams to define the acceptance criteria for the requirements including design approval, demonstration of capability, acceptance of equipment and operability as appropriate.
    • Develop V&V strategies, procedures and best practice guides;
    • Produce Technical Assurance activity plans;
    • Lead and facilitate the planning of activities that need technical assurance and develop with the work package manager a scheme to ensure requirements can be demonstrated as being satisfied.
    • Capture and identification of V&V activities / requirements for the scope of work being delivered by the CSJV;
    • Demonstrate knowledge of assurance through reviews such as SDR, IDC and IDR with how the evidence is used for V&V;
    • Manage traceability information for V&V and track status throughout the project;
    • Lead technical assurance work streams, reviewing activity plans, activity outputs and checking evidence to ensure that evidence statements are complete, consistent, concise, comprehensible and that they conform to standards;
    • Identify gaps and conflicts for technical assurance of the work package scope of work including the supply chain, and write the plans for improving the technical assurance compliance;
    • Provide training on all areas of technical assurance using a systems engineering approach and ensuring that the TA processes, work flows and templates are followed for project success.


    About you

    Qualifications and Experience:



    • Qualified with a relevant technical degree;
    • Proven track record of systems engineering, V&V planning, management, control and delivery;
    • Analytical skills, to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high level information into details, abstract up from low level information to a more general understanding, distinguish presented user requests from the underlying true needs;
    • Facilitation skills, able to talk with individuals and groups in one to one situations or workshops about their needs and ask the right questions to surface essential V&V information:
    • Proven communication skills including:
    • Written – reports, papers, specifications, etc.
    • Verbal – able to communicate clearly, negotiate priorities and to resolve subject matter conflicts among project stakeholders (such as customers, engineering and management);
    • Demonstrable organisational skills, including the ability to work with the vast array of information gathered during elicitation and analysis and to cope with rapidly changing information


    • Good level knowledge and use of IBM Rational tools, such as RTC, RQM, DOORS;
    • Working knowledge of major multidisciplinary projects associated with Rail;
    • Track record of working with rail stakeholders.

    Person specification:

    • Excellent communications skills with the ability to communicate with customers, engineers and management;
    • Ability to plan and organise your own workload to ensure on time completion;
    • Ability to plan and organise direct reports work;
    • Ability to work with large data sets;
    • Tenacity to obtain information;
    • IT literate with the ability to use and integrate Microsoft Office packages – word, excel;
    • Analytical skills, to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources, attention to detail.



    You’ll be a welcomed member of the wider team, with opportunities to take on additional responsibility, join one of our networks for women, military or LGBT staff, and participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador).


    Your personal and professional development is important to us. We welcome a discussion about how we can support you with further study, or professional membership or attainment for example.


    It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values. 

    We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.


    HS2 – working with Skanska & Costain, closely monitors job applications, to ensure an inclusive recruitment process. To ensure we are able to maintain this, and to recruit a diverse workforce, we encourage candidates to complete the diversity form as part of their application so we are able to monitor and improve our approach to diversity.  Please note, all responses are anonymous, you do not have to provide a response.


    All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2. We will not share any of your data with other parties. This form is not mandatory, but your response would be appreciated


    Deadline for application: Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis. We recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.

    Unsuccessful applicants: Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants on an individual basis.

    Final Statement

    We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Childcare Vouchers, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.  


    At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.


    We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.



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