No rail experience? No problem. From management to marketing, find your opportunity on one of the UK’s largest infrastructure projects

Rebekah Valero-Lee Candidate Advice


With the go ahead of HS2 and Hinkley Point C, among other projects, the UK infrastructure market is booming. In order to capitalise on the wealth of job opportunities available, you may assume that you need relevant nuclear or rail experience.

Not so.

Each of these projects go through design, implementation and construction phases, opening the door to a wealth of opportunities from tiling and plastering to marketing and administration. While there are certain skills that will be specific to individual sectors, there are others that are easily transferrable from one to another.  So, whether you have public sector experience or have worked in a seemingly unrelated industry, one of these infrastructure projects could be the gateway to your next big opportunity.

At Morson, we’re actively speaking to candidates from other sectors that have transferrable skills and helping them transition to roles in rail.

I don’t have rail experience, so what opportunities are available to me now?


  1. Engagement Advisor/Manager Jobs

Otherwise known as

Community Advisors, Community Liaison Officer, Community Manager, Public Liaison Manager

What is an Engagement Manager/Advisor?

Engagement personnel are responsible for targeting hard to reach groups. The main focus of these roles is to successfully engage with communities, businesses and government groups to facilitate their involvement with high profile rail projects.


You do not need rail experience however a public-sector background is great for this role. We have successfully placed candidates in engagement management roles in rail who have come from town councils, the NHS and local planning authority. Experience in engagement roles within an engineering or construction environment would be beneficial.

Skills needed?

  • Communication
  • Management skills
  • Great interpersonal skills
  • An ability to take technical subject matter and present it in a simple way

Sound like a good fit for you? Apply now

Apply for Engagement Jobs Apply for Community Jobs


  1. Consultation Advisor & Consultation Manager Jobs

What are consultation managers?

Consultation is very similar to engagement management, they implement strategies to deliver public consultations that meet sponsor requirements and are aligned to government principles


If you have experience of events and come from a press or communications background then this could be a great role for you. Candidates with expertise in consultation events, NHS, legal, local government, public entities will also be favourably considered.

Skills needed?

  • Communication
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Project management

 Sound like a good fit for you? Apply now

Apply for Consultation Jobs


  1. Environmental Advisor/Manager Jobs

Otherwise known as:

Environment Interfaces Advisor & Environmental Interfaces Manager

What is an Environment Manager/Advisor?

Environment personnel advise project teams on all environmental aspects and impacts. They ensure compliance of contract and legal requirements while also liaising with agencies, contractors and clients.


While rail experience working on construction projects would be advantageous, if you have a sound understanding of project environmental issues and the correct qualifications you will be considered for this role in rail.

Skills needed?

  • EIA (Environmental Impact Analysis) is key
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Environmental degree or qualifications
  • Sound understanding of legal environmental requirements

Sound like a good fit for you? Apply now

Apply for Environment Jobs


  1. Value Management Lead Jobs

Otherwise known as:

Earned Value Management or Value Project/Performance Management

 What is a Value Management Lead?

Earned value management is a project management technique for measuring project performance and progress. The Value Management Lead will review costs and requirements to ensure that the best value solutions are identified on the project.


Experience in the utilities market i.e. National Grid, Severn Trent Water, EDF etc. Not necessarily individuals that have worked on large scale infrastructure projects i.e. rail. Will consider contract or perm candidates.

Skills needed?

  • Team leadership on major projects
  • Value engineering project experience
  • Interpersonal skills

Sound like a good fit for you? Apply now

Apply for Value Management Jobs


  1. Transport Assessment Manager Jobs

Otherwise known as:

Transport Planners, Transport Planning Managers

What is a Transport Assessment Manager?

Transport Assessment Managers manage the traffic and transport assessment work in accordance with organisational, sponsor and parliamentary requirements. They also support the integration of traffic and transport with design and construction and assess environmental impact.


As long as you have transport planning skills your experience in any sector will be relevant. A track record of working as a transport specialist in a management capacity on transport assessments for complex projects is advantageous.

Skills needed?

  • Strong numeracy skills
  • Bachelors degree or equivalent
  • Ability to manage consultants

Sound like a good fit for you? Apply now

Apply for Transport Assessment Jobs

If you would like more information on any of the job roles above please contact mrt@morson.com 

All these roles are based in the Midlands. Read our handy guide to relocation if you’re thinking of making the move https://www.morson.com/2017/03/infrastructure-projects/


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