Principal Systems Engineer

Hitachi Vantara Corporation
GBP 60,000 - 80,000
Job description


Principal Systems Engineer

Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe Limited (HICSE) is a UK-based provider of system solutions for railway signalling and operations, including Training Simulators, Modelling Tools and ARS+ compliant Route Setting Systems, System Integrator for Traffic Management Systems for the UK and Worldwide markets, working closely with Hitachi Rail Ltd.

HICSE offers Signaller Training, Railway Design tools, Railway modelling simulator and Trackside safety. Find out more

This will be based out of either office is located in Bradford on Avon or Derby with a mixture of Hybrid working.

We are always happy to hear from people who are customer focused and keen to produce high-end, added value software products.

About Hitachi

Hitachi drives Social Innovation Business, creating a sustainable society through the use of data and technology. We solve customers' and society's challenges with Lumada solutions leveraging IT, OT (Operational Technology) and products. Hitachi operates under the business structure of “Digital Systems & Services” - supporting our customers’ digital transformation; “Green Energy & Mobility” - contributing to a decarbonized society through energy and railway systems, and “Connective Industries” - connecting products through digital technology to provide solutions in various industries. Driven by Digital, Green, and Innovation, we aim for growth through co-creation with our customers. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2022 (ended March 31, 2023) totalled 10,881.1 billion yen, with 696 consolidated subsidiaries and approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at


The aim of this role is to be a technical and project lead including technical ownership for product development and system engineering activities including utilising systems engineering principles, design, implementation and delivery of high-quality system solutions and research projects within the Engineering Department.

The role will support the Product and Systems Engineering Manager on the system view of HICSE products to manage road maps.


Reporting to the Product and Systems Engineering Manager and Project Managers of assigned tasks, tasks shall include but not be limited to:

  • Performing technical planning, system integration, verification and validation, cost and risk, and supportability and effectiveness analysis for total systems. Analysis will be required at all levels of the total system product to include: concept, design, build, test, installation, operation, maintenance and disposal.
  • Ensuring the logical and systematic conversion of customer or product requirements into total systems solutions that acknowledge technical, schedule, and cost constraints.
  • Performing functional analysis, timeline analysis, detail trade studies, requirements allocation and interface definition studies to translate customer requirements into hardware and software specifications
  • Running a range of System Engineering meetings.
  • Leading the delivery of tasks from the System Engineering meetings to a high standard of quality
  • Providing on-going system support throughout the project lifecycle.
  • Defining and improving system engineering practices within HICSE.
  • Undertaking the role of Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) where technical assessment has determined the post holder ‘competent’ in line with the ‘Engineering Management for Projects’
  • Proactively working in a way that meets the System Engineering competencies defined within ‘Engineering Management for Projects’
  • Reviewing and sign-off of system technical documents.
  • Line management responsibility as required.


  • Running, leading and carefully documenting System Engineering meetings.
  • Adherence to the HICSE Business Management System.
  • Delivery of system engineering tasks to agreed timescales and a high quality, including requirements analysis, requirements specification, high-level system architecture design.
  • Documenting processes and tool use for system engineering.
  • Driving improvements into existing processes.
  • Influencing CCB in controlling change to systems.
  • Degree in System Engineering desirable.

Our Values

We are proud to say we are an equal opportunity employer and welcome all applicants for employment without attention to any factor that doesn’t impact your ability to do the job, including race, colour, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status. We are proud of Japanese heritage, with our values expressed through the Hitachi Spirit:

Wa – Harmony, Trust, Respect

Makoto – Sincerity, Fairness, Honesty, Integrity

Kaitakusha-Seishin – Pioneering Spirit, Challenge

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