Certification & Authorization Engineer

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Date: 20-Nov-2022

Location: Charleroi, WHT, BE

Company: Alstom

Req ID:122004 

We create smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow. We design and manufacture a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses and driverless trains, as well as infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of more than 75 000 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.  



  • The Certification and Authorization Engineer defines and executes the Certification and Authorization project plan in order to obtain the Authorization to Put into Service (APIS) of the On-board or Trackside ETCS signaling sub-system by the relevant National Authorities. For that purpose, the compliance with the European Technical Specifications for Interoperability (TSI) and / or with the specific national requirements have to be assessed by different external independent entities.
  • The main task of the project C&A Leader is to coordinate all activities and collection of required deliverables/means of proof with the various internal and external project stakeholders in order to obtain the necessary certificates and authorizations for the project.



The job holder reports directly to the Certification & Authorization Department Head.





  • Project Manager
  • PrEM
  • Project Engineering team
  • Project Safety & Quality Leaders
  • Sourcing



  • Assessment Bodies (European NOBOs; National DEBOs)
  • National Safety Authorities (NSAs)
  • European Railway Agency (ERA)
  • Customers



The Certification and Authorization Engineer is responsible for:

  • Defining and executing the Certification & Authorization Project Plan in line with Project QCD objectives
  • Defining the Project Certification & Authorization applicable legal referentials and associated requirements
  • Planning all the C&A-related activities in coordination with Project team based on existing standards, regulations and return on experience from previous or similar projects
  • Preparing the procurement of external assessment services: creation of call for tender documents based on the defined scope of assessment, conducting the tender process, evaluation of tenders, contract drafting and negotiations with assessors in collaboration with the purchasing department
  • Monitoring the development of evidences/means of proofs with the relevant stakeholders, by conducting regular workshops with various departments and sub-contractors
  • Organizing and managing the assessment process with external assessors (Notified Bodies, Country Designated Bodies, etc), monitoring/follow-up of related action plans, review and approval of assessments reports
  • Compiling the Certification and Authorization dossiers: definition of the content, compliance to formal requirements, file the official authorization requests towards European and / or National authorities


Performance measurements:  

  • Project Certification and Authorization QCD objectives






  • Masters Degree (Engineering or others)


  • European or National Railways regulations (e.g. through ERA or NSA training)




  • Experience of Certification & Authorization process in Railways domain



  • Knowledge of Railways/Signaling systems and products




  • Rigorous in the respect of the processes and regulations related to C&A scope
  • Team Player
  • Autonomous and Proactive
  • Good communication and coordination skills (with internal and external stakeholders)
  • Languages: Fluency in French and English (working language). Other languages are a plus (Dutch, German, Italian, …).


An agile, inclusive and responsible culture is the foundation of our company where diverse people are offered excellent opportunities to grow, learn and advance in their careers.  We are committed to encouraging our employees to reach their full potential, while valuing and respecting them as individuals.   



Job Type:​Experienced​

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