Design Lead - Rail Systems

Job ID:21182
Title:Design Lead - Rail Systems
Employment Type:Full time

Job Description

Design Lead- Rail Systems


The Senior Downer New Zealand team are travelling to London to interview on the following dates:

  • Sunday 30th October
  • Monday 31st October

If you would like the chance to work for this leading company in beautiful New Zealand, please apply now.


Come and live the dream Down Under!


Build and grow New Zealand’s infrastructure by bringing your expertise to our south pacific paradise. New challenges, a new country, and a new lifestyle – make 2023 your year to experience something exceptional. 

There has never been a better opportunity for an infrastructure professional like you to secure a better future for you and your family in New Zealand.


At Downer, you will be leading from the front because they are New Zealand’s biggest integrated services provider. Day to day, Downer design, build, and service major civil infrastructure. From roads to rail, ports, and airports, Downer is responsible for keeping New Zealand moving.


In Aotearoa, New Zealand alone, Downer service 25,000 kms worth of roads.


Major Downer projects include:

  • City Rail Link in Auckland
  • Transmission Gully in Wellington
  • Milford Road in Fiordland
  • Cameron Road in Tauranga 

The NZ Government and KiwiRail are currently delivering a significant investment in New Zealand’s rail network. To support that investment now, and in the future, Downer New Zealand is committed to developing and growing its capacity and capability in key technical disciplines to assist in delivering the rail programme.


As a result, we are seeking an experienced Design Lead to join our Rail Systems Engineering team based in Wellington, New Zealand. The purpose of the Design Lead is to be responsible for managing, coordinating and overseeing the signalling design work. It is vital that the Design Manager can deliver to project programs and budgets, be able to lead a design team and communicate to all stakeholders. The position is also responsible for all signalling technical work on a project in accordance with the OHS&E, contract and QA requirements.


As a key part of our team you will:

  • Effectively manage technical staff, subcontractors and stakeholders for the timely delivery of technical deliverables in a safe and quality manner
  • Assist in the development & maintenance of the project program and budget
  • Ensure adequacy of the design and completion of its verification before release, including the completion of a traceability matrix to client’s requirements
  • Prepare monthly financial reports and assist the Project Manager to identify cost variation, consequences and implement approved variations
  • Determine disposition for design non-conformances and approve their implementation
  • Effectively manage design team members to implement design and test solutions to meet project requirements in a high quality, safe and timely manner
  • Comply with Downer’s and clients’ health and safety policies and standards
  • Lead by example, driving Zero Harm through operational excellence
  • Work in a safe manner always to avoid personal injury to staff, subcontractors, clients, self and others

To excel as part of our collaborative, forward thinking team you’ll bring:

  • Degree in a related Engineering discipline
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in Rail Systems or Signalling Design environment
  • Demonstrated Signalling Design competencies or hold IRSE Design licence
  • Be (as a minimum, or able to gain) a corporate Member of the IRSE
  • Be a Professional Member (or suitable for admission) of the institute of Engineering New Zealand
  • Experience in managing a team and design packages
  • Computer literacy and proficiency in the Microsoft® Office suite of software and other packages required specific to engineering design
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Development of reports, specifications, drawings and project documentation
  • Demonstrated Signalling Design competencies or hold IRSE Design licence
  • Be (as a minimum) a corporate Member of the IRSE (or able to gain)

Core benefits of working for Downer:

  • Competitive remuneration and vehicle packages
  • A Flexible Working Policy, allowing work to work for you
  • Dedicated personal development plans that are reviewed quarterly, empowering you to take ownership of your career trajectory!
  • Access to over 50 training programmes including Leadership Pathways
  • The latest and greatest tools of the trade to successfully perform in your role
  • Free access for you and your immediate family to mental health & counselling services
  • Access to a comprehensive employee benefits package through Downer partners – corporate discounts and benefits across banking, insurance, retailers, technology, vehicles, automotive, healthcare, childcare, homeware, dental care, travel, accommodation, gym memberships and more
  • The opportunity to participate in community volunteering initiatives and paid work when engaging with Downers volunteer leave system
  • A dedicated Corporate Social Responsibility team who provides holistic wrap-around support to those who need it

You’ll become part of a supportive team that encourages and supports growth and learning, working across an organisation where the opportunities are limitless.


Secure your UK interview with Downer:

In order for your UK interview to be arranged and to receive the immigration assistance you may need, please ensure your application is made via this form, versus directly on Downer’s website. 


This application is through Working In - Immigration and sourcing partners for Downer New Zealand’s 2022 UK interview event.


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