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Date: 04-Dec-2018

Location: Cairo, C, EG

Company: Alstom

The future of transportation is already here. 
Alstom, with recorded sales of 7.3 billion in the 2016/17 fiscal year, is the world leader in integrated transport systems and continues to push the boundaries of innovation & digital solutions for transportation systems and e-mobility.  We are at the forefront of providing sustainable modes of transport with the largest range of rail solutions in the market.  Headquartered in France, we are present in over 60 countries and today employ 32,800 people worldwide. 
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 Alstom has been in Egypt since 1978, with vast experience in the Egyptian Urban and Mainlines Markets.

 Alstom Transport with vast experience in the Rolling Stock, Signaling, and Infrastructure activities participated in the construction of Cairo Metro Lines (1, 2, and 3) with the renovation of the 52 Rolling Stock Units for line 1. 

 Also, Alstom served the Egyptian Railways market through delivering Engineering, Power Supply, Construction, Maintenance and Trainings of Signaling, Centralized Control and Infrastructure of railway projects such as Giza-Beni Suef, Beni Suef-Assuit, and Cairo-Alexandria lines.  

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The role of Lead Planning Engineer is to prepare and maintain of integrated and coordinated project programmes, enabling resource and material requirements to be forward planned to meet project deliverables, using P6 and MS Project Planning software. The post-holder will be expected to interact and communicate effectively with all levels of the delivery team and deal with the client directly and professionally. S/he will provide the interface between Planning and all Work Package Managers, Project Management and the client and will take responsibility for reporting progress.

Reporting to the Planning Manager, the Lead Planning Engineer will be expected to work autonomously and independently, setting high personal standards and ensuring that reports are delivered in a timely and accurate manner to the projects team and client alike.


Key Network & Links

Internal: Planning Manager, Project Manager, Engineering Manager, Sub-Systems Managers, Installation Manager, Test & Commissioning Manager

External: Suppliers, Consortium partners, Customer (if and when appropriate)



  • Oversee the development of comprehensive, logic linked, project programmes for Cairo metro projects incorporating engineering documentation delivery planning, materials planning, and site activities planning.
  • Continuously monitor the programmes prepared to accurately reflect progress.
  • Identify critical paths and ensure action plans are developed and implemented to maximize project quality, cost and delivery objectives.
  • Through accurate reporting on Work Package progress, ensure that all functional activity on the project is coordinated and ensure that problems and bottlenecks are anticipated and resolved in a timely manner to prevent negative impact on the project.
  • Provide regular reports and feedback to management on project progress and critical issues.
  • Organize and lead periodic Project Schedule Sessions,
  • highlighting the gap between the actual and the baseline
  • Provide sufficiently accurate data to enable the Work Package Managers and Project Managers to ensure that coordinated project activity complies with and delivers company financial and business targets on cash and project margins.
  • Maintain the interface between Planning, Finance and Project Management and ensure that all project reporting is coordinated, robust, timely and accurate and that there is ‘one version of the truth’ at all times.
  • Through active dialogue with Work Package Managers and the Project Manager, ensure that the project programmes will deliver customer and contractual requirements to time and cost.
  • Ensure that regular project co-ordination meetings are conducted on the status of the project with specific reference to engineering activity, sourcing, quality, cost and delivery.
  • Support the Planning Manager with business requests and auditing the programmes against the planning procedure / work instruction.
  • Ensure all programmes under their control are updated and reviewed in line with the planning procedure / work instruction.
  • Contribute to the return of experience (REX) and improvements, share of best practices



      EDUCATION: University degree in (Civil, Mechanical, or Electrical Engineering)



  • Project management and industrial backgrounds,
  • Good overall knowledge of railway products and systems,
  • Good Communications and interpersonal skills, excellent team worker as they work with a large network,
  • Conflict management and multi-tasking,
  • Be able to challenge project team and highly proactive in proposing solutions.
  • Ability to juggle with schedules and changing project goals.
  • Able to think critically and using good judgment
  • Teamwork player
  • Time management
  • Rigorous
  • Leadership



  • 6-8 years’ extensive experience in planning and project management.
  • Knowledge and experience of the Rail or Construction Industry.
  • Extensive experience and expert knowledge of Primavera P6 and MS Planning Software.
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and Supervise multiple sites in parallel
  • Self-motivated, willing to learn new fields, and hard worker
  • IT Skills: Experience in Primavera, MS Project
  • Strong working knowledge of MS Excel, MS PowerPoint with solid presentation Skills.
  • Good communication and build relationships skills.
  • Ability to persuade and influence others.
  • Demonstrable people management skills and experience.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge and experience of working in a business process environment with an emphasis on project delivery (Contractor side).


Location for the role: Based in Cairo, Limited Travel required.

Language Skills: Excellent command of Arabic and English (written/ spoken). French is an advantage.

Alstom is committed to create a diverse & international working environment,  that reflects the future of our industry, our clients and end-users.  As an employee, you will have a unique opportunity to continue to build your career and directly contribute to the expanding growth of the global transport industry

Job Type:​Experienced​

Job Segment: Supply, Testing, Project Manager, Operations, Technology

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