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Requirements Engineering Manager

Location: Somers Town
Company: Costain
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full time
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Costain helps to improve people’s lives by deploying technology-based engineering solutions to meet urgent national needs across the UK’s energy, water and transportation infrastructures.

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.

Costain Skanska Joint Venture (CSJV) are delivering the Enabling Works Contract (EWC) programme of works for HS2, across the Southern area, to make way for the main civil and station build contracts. The scope of the EWC South includes demolition, utilities diversions, highways, archaeology, and ecology works over 4 years, with an estimated final value in excess of £300m. You will be directly involved in the delivery of the programme of circa 60 individual projects and will help contribute to skills and employment in the local community, leaving a positive legacy.

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.

This role will lead the requirements development and management for the technical design and associated systems and provide support to progressive assurance activities that will ultimately demonstrate to HS2 our compliance to the CSJV scope of work.


The successful candidate will report to the Systems Engineering & Assurance Manager and will have the following day to day duties:

  • Deliver high quality functional/non‐functional requirements and associated verification / validation;
  • Demonstrate a thorough understanding of requirements specific to a work package and provide insight into the context and rationale of the requirement;
  • Elicit requirements using interviews, document analysis, requirements workshops, storyboards, surveys, site visits, business process descriptions, use cases, scenarios, event lists, business analysis, competitive product analysis, task and workflow analysis, and/or viewpoints;
  • Write requirements specifications according to standard templates, using natural language simply, clearly, unambiguously, and concisely;
  • Decompose from higher level requirements down to an appropriate level of detail suitable for use by those must base their work on the requirements;
  • Lead requirements analysis, verification and validation, ensuring that requirement statements are complete, consistent, concise, comprehensible, traceable, applicable, feasible, unambiguous, verifiable and that they conform to standards;
  • Manage requirements traceability information and track requirements status throughout the project;
  • Identify requirements errors and defects, and write requirements defect identification and notification reports;
  • Establish and implement effective requirements practices, including use and continuous improvement of requirements processes;
  • Support the development of the CSJV requirements engineering policies, procedures, and tools.
  • Provide training on requirements development and management to the CSJV team and suppliers to ensure appropriate practices are followed for project success;

Essential skills

  • Qualified with a relevant technical degree;
  • Proven track record and a solid understanding of requirements elicitation, analysis, specification, verification, validation and management practices and the ability to apply them in practice; familiarity with requirements engineering books and resources;
  • Analytical skills, to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources, reconcile conflicts, decompose high level information into details, abstract up from low level information to a more general understanding, distinguish presented user requests from the underlying true needs, and distinguish solution ideas from requirements;
  • Facilitation skills, able to talk with individuals and groups in one to one situations or workshops about their needs and ask the right questions to surface essential requirements information:
  • Proven communication skills including:
    • Written – reports, papers, reports, papers and verbally
    • Verbal – able to negotiate priorities and to resolve conflicts among project

stakeholders (such as customers, engineering and management);

  • Demonstrable organisational skills, including the ability to work with the vast array of information gathered during elicitation and analysis and to cope with rapidly changing information.


  • Excellent communications skills with the ability to communicate with customers, engineers and management;
  • Ability to plan and organise your own workload to ensure on time completion;
  • Ability to work with large data sets;
  • Tenacity to obtain information;
  • IT literate with the ability to use and integrate Microsoft Office packages – word, excel;
  • Analytical skills, to critically evaluate the information gathered from multiple sources, attention to detail.

General Details

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.

It is expected that you will work to be a part of the wider project team, living by the programmes expected values.

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

HS2 – working with Skanska & Costain, 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 encourage 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, you do not have to provide a response.

All data will be held securely, (as stated within the Data Protection Act 1998) and will be reported to HS2. We will not share any of your data with other parties. This form is not mandatory, but your response would be appreciated

Deadline for application: Applications will be assessed on a first come first served basis. We recommend you apply early to avoid disappointment.

Unsuccessful applicants: Due to the volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact unsuccessful applicants on an individual basis.

We listened to our employees so our Core Benefits are funded by us and include a Group Pension Scheme, Employee Assistance Programme, Life Assurance, Income Protection and funded membership to a Professional Institute. In addition to this we also offer a Private Healthcare Scheme, Private Dental Scheme, Cycle to Work, Volunteering Days and Save as You Earn Scheme.

At Costain we aim to be an accessible, diverse and inclusive organisation to continue to meet our customers’ needs. We will be industry leading in our approach and people from all backgrounds will be proud to work for Costain. Our goal is to have a workforce that is representative of society.

We actively encourage applications from candidates who have a relationship with the armed forces community whether as a currently serving member or reservist, ex-military or wounded personnel or as a member of a service family.

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