Jacobs Senior / Principal Engineer (Rolling Stock) - Derby in Derby, United Kingdom

Jacobs is one of the world’s largest and most diverse providers of full-spectrum technical, professional and consultancy services for industrial, commercial and government organisations globally. With more than 77,000 people globally, our teams collaborate, innovate and create. Our people are proud to have been behind some of the greatest consultancy and engineering feats over the past 70 years. We foster a collaborative and inclusive environment for our people, and our partners, and we want you to be a part of our growing business.

T he Rail and Geotechnical Business unit consists of over 875 people, with people located in virtually every office within the UK. The rail part of the business includes Network Rail, TfL and HS2 amongst its biggest clients, with the geotechnical business serving virtually every operating unit within BIAF as well as cross line of activities into the nuclear and mining sectors.

As a Senior or Principal Engineer for our Rolling Stock team you will be part of an international rail team based in either Derby or London with the opportunity to work on exciting new ventures that we are involved in, like in-cab signaling and state of the art trains for the Merseyrail network.

This is a great opportunity for someone with a background in vehicle design or vehicle manufacturing to further their career and become involved in the specification and procurement of new trains. There are exciting times ahead for us and as part of this role you will also get involved in new developments like energy storage and hydrogen powered trains as well as developing new systems.

During your time with us, you will help shape customer requirements, working closely with suppliers and customers to ultimately deliver what they want. This is a unique opportunity for a level of involvement in writing specifications, design, procurement right through to delivery, seeing products through from engineering and production into service.

You may currently be working for a rail vehicle design or manufacturing company or similar background with a good understanding of the design and construction process of new trains and looking to further your career in a company with international support.

The distinction between the roles is as follows:

• Senior – experience of successful project delivery and technical responsibility in the areas described below

• Principal – experience of successful delivery on a wide range of projects, a high level of technical responsibility and leadership in the areas described below

The areas in which experience is required include at least one of: 

  • Business case, specification and / or design of new trains 

  • Construction and / or introduction of new trains 

  • Rolling stock input into franchise bidding 

  • Commercial aspects of rolling stock such as leasing, residual value analysis, lender’s technical advisor roles 

  • Rolling stock interface on signaling or infrastructure upgrades


• Extensive in- knowledge and understanding of the mechanics of rail vehicles of rail vehicles, ideally UK rail vehicles

• Good report writing skills

• Good analytical skills

• Ability to deliver projects to quality, budget and time

• Experience of working within a train / rolling stock manufacturing company

Job: *Engineering - Mechanical

Title: Senior / Principal Engineer (Rolling Stock) - Derby

Location: GB DERBYSHIRE-Derby

Requisition ID: 180004AE

Jacobs is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or other characteristics protected by law. Jacobs is a background screening, drug-free workplace.