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Principal Rail Engineer

GHD Pty Ltd

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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Job Posted: 04/10/2017

Job Category:

Engineering / Rail

Job description:

With our foundations in Australia, GHD has more than 8500 people globally, GHD is one of the world''s leading professional services companies operating in the global market sectors of water, energy and resources, environment, property and buildings, and transportation. Serving clients across five continents and the Pacific region, GHD people share a passion for exceeding the expectations of our clients and contributing to their success.


As part of our transport offering, GHD has a global rail advisory and engineering community of over 200 rail specialists, covering areas of network planning and operational modelling, systems assurance & engineering, project asset management as well as track & civil, signals & communications and power engineering. Across Australia, we have recently won work on rail projects worth in excess of $10 billion.


You will have the opportunity to enhance your career development through working with highly skilled professionals and the GHD business school.


GHD’s Rail Group in Melbourne is experiencing unprecedented growth due to the number of projects we are participating on in the sector and we are looking for someone like you to join our team. The key projects include:

  • The Level Crossing Removal Program – Technical Advisor (all disciplines);
  • North East Program Alliance – detailed design sub-consultant;
  • Mernda Line Extension – detailed design sub-consultant;
  • Sydney Light Rail – detailed design systems assurance;
  • Forrestfield Airport Rail Link – detailed design systems assurance;
  • Canberra Metro Light Rail – detailed design systems assurance;
  • Metro Tunnel Project Independent Reviewer (tender stage);
  • Geelong to Waurn Ponds Track Duplication business case technical advisor subconsultant (operational modelling);
  • Murray Basin Rail Project – client advisory;
  • National Urban Rail Review project – advisory services to DIRD

There are aslo a range of project opportunities associated with the Regional Network Development plan, that GHD is well placed to support.

We are seeking a Deputy Rail Team Leader in our Rail Group.  You will ideally come with consulting experience in the rail sector in Melbourne or have experience working on large projects in Australia and/or overseas.


You will have stellar communication, stakeholder engagement and influencing skills, proven business development experience and demonstrated experience in leading and mentoring a team of engineers.  You will be is passionate about creating exceptional engineering solutions and generating client value.  Our multi-disciplinary Rail Team prides itself on the breadth of capability and the quality of the output they provide to their clients and these roles offer significant opportunity to grow this capability.


Primary functions include:

  • Play a significant role in developing GHD’s rail business in Victoria and nationally.
  • Assess market trends and develop strategies to respond to Client and project requirements.
  • Provision of rail engineering / design input into projects as required and management of engineering and support staff in this area.
  • Assist in strategic recruitment and provide oversight, mentoring of rail engineering team in Victoria.
  • Provide direction and technical leadership on nominated projects as required.
  • Assisting the Service Group Manager Rail and the various rail principals and managers, in developing GHD’s Rail Consultancy both locally and globally.

Key criteria:

  • Degree qualified in a rail discipline with at least 15 plus years’ experience in the rail industry.
  • Technical Capability – ensuring GHD’s competencies remain relevant to the emerging market opportunities.
  • Understanding Project Manager’s needs and working to achieve successful project outcomes.
  • Understanding the client’s needs and working to achieve a desirable outcome that satisfies both GHD and the client.
  • Win work through client relationships and ability to prepare proposals.
  • Act as Project Director/Manager for a wide range of commissions, delivering projects to budget, time and quality.

If you are passionate, results-driven and ready to play a key role in a reputable multidisciplinary consulting environment, we welcome your application.  You will have demonstrated experience in strategic commercial outcomes and display business acumen with up-to-date knowledge of industry developments and networks.   GHD support a culture that is truly diverse, collaborative and social.  We believe in feeling free to be yourself at work and that balancing work and life commitments is the key to happiness.  With a workplace rich in diversity of thought, background and experience – we deliver innovative outcomes for our clients.


If you are ready for your next challenge and excited about our career opportunity, we are waiting to hear from you.  To apply, please submit your CV and cover letter via


Alternatively, for a confidential discussion please call Jacob Madubuko, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 8687 8000.


Recruitment agency applications will not be accepted for this position.