How Siemens is investing in, and expanding, its expertise in Wales and the South West.
Britain’s railways are busier now than at any other time in the last 100 years. More than a billion passenger journeys are made each year on the UK rail network. To keep up with demand, the UK government has green lit plans to improve our rail network through CP5 and beyond.
In Wales, Siemens – working with Network Rail as part of the awarded framework agreement – has two important signalling projects that will progress to the implementation phase this year. Port Talbot West and North Wales Coast (Chester to Llandudno) are both significant projects.
North Wales Coast will further extend the roll out of the Siemens Modular Signalling System and Port Talbot West is critical to the Network Rail electrification programme from London to Wales. Elsewhere Siemens is embarking on the Oxford resignalling project following the overwhelming success of its teams and technology at Reading.
David Attmere, Head of Delivery, Region Wales and Western at Siemens, explains the importance of the technology that has been and will continue to be used in the region: “North Wales Coast will see further deployment of our Modular system that has been deployed previously on the GNGE and Crewe to Shrewsbury project. Whereas Oxford and Port Talbot will employ our successful and reliable Westlock system. Every technological element of the project is important – and none more so than the signalling.”
To support the growing work in the region, Siemens has opened a new office in Newport to act as a base for its Welsh projects. The office currently houses a small design team that is working on projects in collaboration with the Chippenham office. As the UK centre for Siemens Rail Automation, Chippenham has a growing R&D team supporting key UK developments associated with modular/ ETCS and CBTC technologies. It is also home to Siemens’ Mass Transit delivery, which is a key area of expansion with a growing portfolio centred around flagship projects associated with London Underground, Crossrail and overseas.
Adrian Stubbs, Delivery Director for Mass Transit and International at Siemens explains: “The cross section of activities undertaken at our sites offers a unique opportunity for those seeking a diverse and varied career.”
David adds: “Here at Siemens we have a whole catalogue of products no one else has access to – we’re a one stop shop for signalling and to deploy this we need the best people.”
There are currently a number of opportunities for people to join Siemens’ expert teams in Newport and Chippenham. The company is looking for intelligent, proactive, qualified signalling engineers for design, installation and testing, as well as project managers and support functions including planning and commercial management. In return, you’ll have the opportunity to use the latest technology while working for the biggest signalling control system supplier in the world with an attractive salary and benefits package.
“The technology and size and scale of everything at Siemens is very inspiring. And it’s certainly an eye opener working here” says David. “Siemens plans 20 years ahead – it’s not like anywhere else in the world in terms of project potential.”
If you’re looking for the opportunity to be challenged, while working on some of the largest projects in the industry, come to one of our recruitment open days.
- 25 February, 1pm-8pm, Jury’s Inn, Fleming Way, Swindon, Wiltshire SN1 2NG
- 26 February, 1pm-8pm, Royal Marriot, College Green, Bristol BS1 5TA
- Design Engineers and Managers – all levels
- Planners – all levels
- Project Managers and Engineers – all levels
- Contract Responsible Engineer – Civils & Construction
- Test & Commissioning Manager
- Materials Interface Engineer
- Commercial Manager
- Quantity Surveyor
- Systems Engineer – all levels
- Senior Software Engineer
- Safety Assurance/ RAMS Enginees
Opportunities also exist within systems engineering and product development providing innovative signalling solutions for the future.
If you’re unable to make it to either of our open days but would like a confidential chat about potential opportunities, please contact Katherine Wilson [email protected]