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Tunnelling Shift Engineers

Job Introduction

Reporting to the Senior engineer or the Sub agent, we are looking for shift engineers to come and work for us on our London Tunnels (HS2) project. This an SCS (Skanska, Costain,Strabag) joint venture.


Flexible working: We welcome you to ask about the flexibility you need. This might be part-time, remote working, or compressed hours for example. Anyone who applies for a role can ask about flexibility at interview. In return, we will explore what is possible for the role. 

Role Responsibility

·       Implementation/production of site produced Risk Assessments, WASPS and Method Statements – in particular high risk activities to ensure adequacy of risk mitigation

·       Carry out briefings (Method Statement, Start of Shift, Safety Alert etc) as and when required

·       Participate in weekly SHE inspections

·       Champion SCS and HS2 SHE initiatives

·       Ensure safety, environmental and quality non compliances/best practises are reported to Senior Engineer/Sub Agent.

·       Reporting on ground condition monitoring and any changes, significant or otherwise

·       Completion of check sheets/records in line with project QA requirements

·       Completion of detailed shift report recording activities carried out/problems encountered/solutions and innovation during the shift

·       Monitoring site material and consumable stocks and reporting deficiencies as required

·       Maintain a proactive approach to problem solving in conjunction with the site team as required and reporting on solutions found

·       Ensuring health and safety is given the highest priority in the delivery of the works

·       Be familiar with, and demonstrate commitment to the requirements of the Health & Safety and Environmental Policies

·       Ensure that the Health Safety and Environmental Policies and Procedures are effectively communicated to the workforce and implemented

·       Work collaboratively with the HS2 team and other contractors, subcontractors works packages to achieve the overall project goals

·       Understands the scope of the works and can identify change

·       Promoting the pursuit of excellence and continuous improvement, driving innovation, adopting best practice, standard processes and procedures

·       Ad hoc duties as required by the job

The Ideal Candidate

·       Engineering Degree/HND/HNC or similar in a construction discipline

·       Practical site experience of working on multi discipline construction projects that have allowed exposure to various shaft sinking and tunnelling techniques

·       Very good setting out skills using differing methods e.g. bearing and distance, co-ordinates, offsetting, laser and traditional levelling

·       Very good record keeping skills

·       The ability to work quickly and accurately in pressure situations

·       The ability to communicate and share information with peers and the operatives/gangers/foremen

·       Engineering Degree/HND or similar in Tunnelling/Mining

·       Crane Supervisor

·       IOSH or SMSTS achieved

·       Temporary Works knowledge/appreciation

·       1 or more years experience working for a tunnelling contractor on contracts that have included shaft sinking (Underpinning, wet/dry caisson, sprayed concrete) and TBM driven tunnelling utilising a pre cast concrete lining system

·       Knowledge and application of Survey Control and TBM Guidance techniques/systems

·       Knowledge and application of common setting out practises within the shaft sinking and tunnelling disciplines

·       Understanding and application of ring selection while tunnelling

·       Temporary works installation

·       Understanding of the basic principles of cost control

·       Understanding of SHE/quality risk assessment and risk mitigation

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 London Tunnels Contract. 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 is a Disability Confident Leader.  We want to encourage disabled people to apply for our roles and have an opportunity to display your skills, talent, and abilities.  We will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants that meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

Please see the disability confident commitments:

To be considered for an interview under this scheme you have:

  • A physical or mental impairment, which has a substantial and long-term effect (over 12 months) adverse effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities
  • Demonstrated in your application and pre-interview stage that you meet the minimum job criteria and person specification for the role

SCS Railways


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