Opportunities with Petards Rail

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At Petards Rail we recognise our people are key to the success of our business. We are therefore committed to ensuring that we nurture and retain employees, and that they feel valued. In fact, one of our key goals is to ensure that our employees enjoy their work and feel a sense of accomplishment at the end of each day.


Petards Rail is at the forefront of key emerging technologies as the industry adjusts to the challenges of decarbonisation and digitalisation. What’s more, our innovations are designed to save lives, improve accessibility and meet other critical industry needs. There has never been a more exciting time to be in the rail industry, or to work for Petards Rail.


From manufacturing engineer jobs to software engineers, Petards Rail offers a range of jobs in the rail industry and excellent career development opportunities. Our latest vacancies will be displayed below.

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Current Vacancies

Petards is currently recruiting for the below roles:

Principal Engineer: Defence

The Principal Engineer is the lead on all technical and engineering matters in Petards Defence, providing design, development, delivery and in-service support on a range of systems, including in the fields of Communications Information Services (CIS), Fighting Vehicles (FV), Electronic Warfare (EW) and other defence and security related engineering fields. 

The Principal Engineer role manages and works in internal project teams, engaging with customers and suppliers when

The role will have responsibility for managing and developing the extant engineering process, including design reviews, safety boards and the management of engineering change. The Principal Engineer fulfils the role of Deputy Chairman on the Engineering Committee, with the Defence Operations Manager as the Chairman. The Principal Engineer line manages a team of technical staff, in accordance with established company processes.

Job Description: Principle Engineer Defence

Diversity and Inclusion

Petards Rail is a fully diverse and inclusive employer. The company holds Living Wage Accreditation. Our diversity policy is reviewed regularly to ensure fair and equal treatment for all existing and potential staff.

We are increasing the representation of women across every level of the organisational structure. We are immensely proud that over 50% of senior managers are women. 

Where our activities allow, we promote flexible working. 

Professional Development

We might have over 35 years of experience here at Petards Rail, however we do not rest on our laurels. We continually invest in our people and support them throughout their career journey with Petards Rail. 


As well as technical training, we want our employees to continue their professional development with Petards Rail. This can be through the workplace, day release or online study. For example, we currently have a number of staff studying for:

  • Charted Engineering qualifications
  • ILM Management qualifications
  • AAT / CIMA
  • MBA