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Assistant Engineering Manager - GMA

Job Introduction

The primary role of Assistant Engineering Manager (GMA) provides support and cover for the Engineering Manager (GMA) and requires assessment of GMA’s and condition reports to manage the design, procurement and installation of mitigation measures to Network Rail, HS2 and third party assets affected by the works, in particular but not limited to rail bridges and buildings

The role further provides support to the Engineering Manager (I&M) responsible for the Instrumentation and Monitoring  and ground treatment, grouting and dewatering works

The Assitant Engineering Manager (GMA)  maintains a position that is independent to the delivery team, in order that they can provide independent judgment and intervene if necessary to stop works in the case of significant change to construction methodology, sequencing, temporary works or impact on permanent works, or if excessive ground movements or structural movements are indicated.

The Assistant Engineering Manager (GMA) will report to the  Engineering Manager (GMA) in Area Central.

Role Responsibility

This role will principally cover the following areas:

Engineering Management GMA

  • Review GMAs with special focus on assumptions and crosscheck against assumption and risk register, to confirm they meet with requirements and approve or advise accordingly
  • Assess and select mitigation measures for related 3rd party assets affected by ground movement, collaborate with designers, specialists, third parties and delivery teams to identify most appropriate solutions
  • Sifting of mitigation design in close coordination with Engineering Manager (Tunnel and civil)
  • Identify opportunity to innovate and rationalise mitigation measures, assessing and allocating mitigation measures into work / no work options
  • Manage the resultant mitigation design including achieving L3 certification. Coordinating with relevant 3rd party stakeholders for sign off of mitigation designs and action plans
  • Coordinating condition surveys, reviewing inspections for assessments and other survey input
  • Coordinate with I&M Coordinator should mitigation measure require additional monitoring
  • Identify, advise and manage any additionnal structural monitoring required
  • Reviewing the programme and GMA tracker, evaluate how packages are coupled to the subassets, creating new subassets if necessary
  • Manage procurement of mitigation measures
  • Support installation of mitigation measures including planning, production of method statements,  possessions,
  • Coordinating survey input to survey programme, identifying if additional surveys are required
  • Ensuring appropriate action is identified in response to ground movement and/or damage to 3rd party assets, including utilities, sensitive buildings and rail infrastructure
  • Lead regular technical and managerial meetings with specialist, design, construction monitoring teams of both contractor and client
  • Ensure Temporary Works design briefs refer to related Ground Movement Assessments (GMAs) and solutions address requirements
  • Assist in production of GMAs for  temporary works

Support to Engineering Manager (I&M)

  • Managing the prediction and monitoring of ground movements against predicted values
  • Provide reports demonstrating outputs from monitoring and actions taken
  • Production and implementation of emergency response plans to excessive ground movement
  • Attendance at ground movement review meetings (SRG, CTC, Action Meetings), chairing when necessary
  • Manage the production and distribution of reports
  • Identify further Instrumentation and Monitoring contributions than can bring value, opportunity and risk reduction to any elements of the area project


Being a member of the Engineering Management team provides opportunity to contribute into other aspects of this discipline and provide direction advice and support to the design and construction teams as appropriate.

The Ideal Candidate

Required qualifications, skills, behaviours and attributes

  • Engineering or Design Management experience (essential)
  • Management of ground movement experience (essential)
  • Construction experience (essential)
  • Chartered (or near Chartered) member of the ICE or equivalent (desirable)
  • Rail experience (desirable)
  • Temporary works experience  (desirable)

About the Company

The role will work on the HS2 project. 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

The Skanska | Costain | STRABAG (SCS JV) is delivering the HS2 Main Civils Contracts which include both Lots S1 (Euston Tunnels & Approaches) and S2 (Northolt Tunnels). The combined value of the contracts is around £1.8billion with the works due for completion in 2025.  Scope of works includes twin-bored tunnels (TBM), SCL tunnels, shaft sinking, bridge demolition and reconstruction, services diversions, earthworks and the construction of site compounds.

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.

HS2 – working with Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, 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 require 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 and we will not share any of your data with other parties. All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2.

It is an SCSJV requirement that all employees, Design House,  and Supply Chains must implement and comply with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System with guidance for use”, OHSAS 18001:2017  Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 Information Security Management System, Policies, Plans, Procedures and Processes, and statutory requirements as they affect the Joint Venture ‘s operations and ensure that the requirements, as applicable within their discipline, are effectively implemented on the project. Develop a culture of safety on the project through the absolute commitment to the Zero Accidents target and ethos, and develops a wider awareness of quality, environmental issues and demonstrates commitment to achieve continual improvement and Zero tolerance.


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

SCS Railways


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