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Date: Mar 7, 2023

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, ZA

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 86790 

Job Category: Infrastructure 

Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.


Our expertise in infrastructure includes aviation, highways and bridges, planning and advisory services, ports, rail and transit, tunnels, and water. Want to be part of the creation and construction of our cities? Then the infrastructure team is for you!


Looking to take the next step in your career? Hatch is currently seeking a highly motivated Senior Rail Engineer to join the Infrastructure group in our Transportation team in the Greenstone Hill office.

New infrastructure and revitalizing assets are a key part of growth for any economy. We work with our clients to imagine and build cities of the future through a constant commitment to innovation and cutting-edge technology.

The Senior Rail Engineer (Greenstone Hill, South Africa) is responsible for various technical leadership and project management support duties on Freight Rail as well as Transit projects.  These projects could include feasibility analyses; conceptual, preliminary and detailed design; cost estimating; construction and contract administration support; and inspections of rail projects in Africa, Europe, Middle East as well as potential other regional projects depending on the location of the support that the Johannesburg based team can deliver.

The Senior Rail Engineer will further be required to lead a team of Junior, Intermediate and Engineers as well as drafting specialists in the rail environment.


As the successful candidate, you will:

  • Planning, organizing and working with technical groups in the delivery of project deliverable requirements, this includes interfaces with rail and terminal operations, signaling, wayside monitoring, overhear catenary systems, rail communications, structures, drainage, roads and rolling stock;
  • Completing civil engineering analyses and review including: evaluating vertical and horizontal grade and track alignments; quantity and construction cost estimates; engineering design reports; technical specifications; material and equipment selection; cost estimates; construction contract documentation; compilation of design/construction drawings; etc.
  • Interfacing and communicating with the Client on project specific tasks;
  • Providing support to business development and strategic initiatives, including preparation of proposals, estimating deliverables and the associated effort to complete;
  • Participating with senior leaders in the establishment of short- and long-term plans for the development and growth of the group in the region;
  • Providing support to other Hatch offices around the globe in the development and delivery of project requirements;
  • Through your project efforts and involvement in industry activities, developing and maintaining client relations;
  • Actively participating in and supporting internal and external development and training activities;
  • As appropriate, supporting the development of more junior staff within the region;
  • Support to business initiatives and projects within the Africa, Europe and Middle East region;
  • Ensuring compliance to Hatch quality policies and procedures;
  • Ensure quality of all models and drawings including accuracy of models and layout of drawings;
  • Ensuring we follow a design for safety approach.
  • Managing and leading the rail design team on projects.



You bring to the role:


  • Engineering degree from an accredited University,
  • 7 years+ of rail industry experience,
  • Registered with ECSA as a Pr.Eng. in South Africa,
  • Project Management and/or Project Engineering experience, including client-consultant interaction,
  • Work knowledge and use of Civil 3D for design purposes.
  • Knowledge of Africa, Europe and Middle East rail design standards and best practices.
  • Able to work in a team environment, working on multiple projects simultaneously, mentoring or supervising Engineers-in-Training and junior designers.
  • Able to write clear, concise technical reports and proposals.
  • Able to check and review the work of other staff and consultants.



  • Preferred
  • Involved in initiatives within the rail environment to enhance work methodologies and embrace company policy and change by implementing the 3D data-centric vision and ensuring the perceived advancements are seen to fruition.


Why join us?

  • Develop innovation partnerships
  • Think locally, work globally
  • Engage with people who make a difference


What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment.
  • Long term career development


Why join us?

What we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.


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