Rolling Stock Systems Engineer

Employer: RSSB
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The post-holder delivers the technical content of standards, supports the research and development programme with expert knowledge, and provides specialist advice within RSSB and for our members.


  • Lead technical development of standards to deliver improvements in, for example, safety, performance and cost effectiveness by applying principles concerning existing and emerging technology for rolling stock systems, traction system performance, train protection systems, driver/machine interface and diagnostics, reliability, maintainability and system integrity requirements. Draft the proposed content of standards and related material so that they achieve the purpose and deliver the intended benefit.  Respond to consultation comments and seek agreement from those commenting.  Help ensure that schedules are adhered to, risks identified and mitigated, and support progress reporting and decisions on policy.
  • Be a key contact for rolling stock engineering, research and other technical/specialist areas as required, delivering expertise in clear, concise verbal and written form suitable for the target audience.
  • Represent the interests of the GB rail industry as a delegated representative of the Professional Head of Rolling Stock, including GB standards committees and system interface committees, European and international standards committees and their GB ‘mirror’ working groups, to ensure that the GB stakeholders’ collective position is represented and communicated. Present relevant material, including proposals, draft standards and related documentation.  Note that this may require occasional UK and overseas travel.
  • Undertake technical reviews of standards documents and proposals for standards change relating to rolling stock systems and contribute to the assessment of predicted impacts of proposals and proposal review documents.
  • Develop, manage and maintain effective relationships, across RSSB, in relevant stakeholder, industry, government, regulatory and academic bodies at all levels, to enable the effective delivery of standards, technical assurance related matters and rolling stock engineering in general. Ensure that internal and external stakeholders are satisfied with the support for rolling stock systems.
  • Maintain awareness of potential technical developments and learning from experience and accident investigations across technical assurance and rolling stock engineering and communicate within RSSB to enable strategic influence for the best interest of the GB network.
  • Identify commercial opportunities for RSSB.
  • Proactively support RSSB’s safety analysis, research and development projects through the application of rolling stock systems expertise.



  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Qualified to (or working towards) Chartered Engineer status or equivalent
  • Able to communicate accurately, clearly, concisely, articulately and constructively
  • Ability to work collaboratively, network and influence at all levels, building wide and effective networks of contacts inside and outside the organisation
  • Develop job knowledge and expertise through continual professional development
  • Innovative with the ability to identify and develop solutions to industry challenges and to solve problems
  • IT literate including with Microsoft Office applications
  • A commitment to RSSB’s values and customer service


  • A member of a recognised professional institution (e.g. IET, IMechE)
  • Understanding of the interfaces between rolling stock, infrastructure and power supply systems
  • Working knowledge of the principles of safety management
  • Understanding of the role and purpose of different types of standards, for example Railway Group Standards (RGSs), Rail Industry Standards, National Technical Specification Notices (NTSNs), Technical Specification for Interoperability (TSIs), CEN/CENELEC standards (ENs), ISO and IEC standards.

Early applications are encouraged, as we may close this vacancy before the advertised deadline if sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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