Senior Safety Consultant - Rail

Job Locations UK-Flexible | UK-Derby | UK-London | UK-Avon-Bristol


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Role: Senior Safety Consultant - Rail

Location: London, Bristol, Derby (Hybrid/Flexible)

Role ID: 2023-1892


Our vision is to create a safe and sustainable world.

Ricardo plc is a global strategic, environmental, and engineering consulting company. With over 100 years of engineering excellence and employing close to 3,000 employees in more than 20 countries, we provide exceptional levels of expertise in delivering leading-edge and innovative cross-sector sustainable products and solutions. Every day, we enable our customers to solve the most complex and dynamic challenges to help achieve a safe and sustainable world.


The Role:

We are seeking a highly motivated Senior Safety Consultant to join our Rail team. This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual who is dedicated to providing exceptional service to customers and has the drive to grow into a future leader within our organisation. As a Senior Safety Consultant, you will play a key role in supporting the development of junior team members as part of our succession planning for the future.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Deliver safety engineering and assurance services to engineering projects, applying methods and tools aligned with key standards such as EN50126, EN50129, IEC 61508, and/or CSM-RA and/or independent assessment against these standards.
  • Lead the bidding, winning, and successful delivery of commercially viable projects, collaborating with clients to understand their objectives and desired outcomes for each project.
  • Contribute to a diverse range of exciting projects, including safety assurance management, safety approvals, and CSM work for major infrastructure projects such as the National Train Control Centre in Dublin, Crewe Hub remodelling, and East Coast Mainline.
  • Provide support to contractors in completing CSM and approvals for station works, such as Birmingham New Street, Darlaston and Willenhall, and Core Valley Lines.
  • Engage in safety assurance for new products, including high-speed points systems, axle counters, and other signalling systems.
  • Work on projects worldwide, including opportunities in Australia, the US, Canada, Asia, and the Middle East.
  • Support business development efforts by writing proposals, developing client relationships, and engaging with industry stakeholders.
  • Demonstrate flexibility by effectively managing multiple activities and proactively balancing workload across different projects and customers.
  • Thrive on variety, actively seeking out interesting and challenging work to continuously grow and develop professionally.

Key Competencies and Experience

  • Proven experience in delivering safety engineering and assurance services to engineering projects, utilising methods and tools aligned with standards such as EN50126, EN50129, IEC 61508, and/or CSM-RA and/or independent assessment against these standards.
  • Demonstrated ability to bid, win, and deliver commercially successful projects, working closely with clients to understand objectives and achieve desired outcomes.
  • Strong background in safety assurance management, safety approvals, and CSM work for major infrastructure and/or resignalling projects.
  • Experience supporting contractors in completing CSM and approvals for station works or experience on the certification and assessment of these projects.
  • Familiarity with safety assurance for new products, including signalling systems and related technologies.
  • Willingness to work on projects internationally, demonstrating adaptability and cultural awareness.
  • Excellent business development skills, including proposal writing and relationship building with clients and industry stakeholders.
  • Exceptional organisational skills, with the ability to manage multiple activities and proactively prioritise workload.
  • A passion for tackling interesting and challenging work, embracing variety in projects.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.

Working here

You will be warmly welcomed into our workplace where every voice matters. We are diverse thinkers and doers, coming together to create a culture of inclusion. We will support you to find your place.


We will encourage you to use your passion and expertise to make a positive impact through the projects you work on.  Your knowledge and desire to bring about change will be invaluable in helping deliver innovative solutions that support communities across the globe in becoming safer and more sustainable.


Work life balance 

We offer flexible approaches to work, whether that is working from home, being in the office, or as a hybrid worker. We're happy to discuss flexible working arrangements. Wellbeing is at the core to our culture, allowing employees to flourish and to achieve their full potential.



We want you to know how much you are valued. Your remuneration and benefits package will reflect that. You will receive a range of benefits which include support for your physical and mental health. 


Our core benefits include 25 days' annual leave, plus 8 flexible bank holidays, a competitive company pension scheme, life assurance and professional subscriptions reimbursement. We also offer a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.


Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion statement

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer, we believe in each person's potential, and we'll help you reach yours. We have an ambitious diversity, equality, and inclusion approach as explained here. We value diversity; recognising that a more diverse workforce creates a richer and more varied working environment. Diversity also drives innovation, by allowing us to offer our clients the best consultancy service that we can. As part of our commitment to engage positively and pro-actively with all our employees and to ensure an inclusive culture, we are a recognised as a 'disability confident' employer.


Next steps

Once you have submitted your application a member of our Recruitment Team will be in touch. Please be aware that the timing can vary dependent on the volume of applications that we receive for each role and in some cases, we may start to review applications prior to the closing date.


Ricardo is a Disability confident employer please advise the recruitment team via recruit@ricardo.com if you require any adjustments to support you throughout the recruitment process.





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