Software Design Engineer

Date: 02-Aug-2019

Location: Charleroi, WHT, Belgium

Company: Alstom

The future of transportation is already here. 
Alstom, with recorded sales of 8 billion in the 2017/18 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 today at the forefront of providing sustainable modes of transport, with the largest range of rail solutions in the market.  Headquartered in France and present in over 60 countries,  we employ 34,500 people worldwide. 
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Alstom has been part of Belgian railway history for 130 years through its connection with the former rail transport equipment subsidiary of SA Ateliers de Constructions Électriques de Charleroi (ACEC).   Today, Alstom Belgium employs 1050 people and is involved in approximately 100 major projects worldwide.

The site in Charleroi has developed unique expertise in electrical and electronic systems within two centres of excellence that operate at a global level: one focuses on traction systems and the other on signalling and railway traffic control systems, with a particular emphasis on equipment that complies with the European standard (European  Rail  Traffic  Management  System/ ERTMS).  The teams develop systems, manufacture prototypes, perform tests and trials, complete approval procedures and manage integration projects.  An after sales service activity completes the offer for these product groups.  Alstom Belgium pursues an ambitious growth strategy by actively investing in R&D.  The work carried out by its team of 100 research engineers makes a significant contribution to the development of a sustainable rail transport system.  




Specify and design software architecture and deliver software



  • Contribute to the elaboration of product/system specification & architecture, in collaboration with the Product architect/ System Engineering Manager
  • Perform Software activities:
    • Define the software requirements specifications:
      • Define the functional requirements, operational requirements, interfaces requirements and the requirements linked to performance / Safety … constraints
      • Ensure that all the requirements can be validated (testability, …)
    • Define the software architecture:
      • Elaborate the functional and structural breakdown into Software components & modules
      • Allocate the requirements to the Software components /modules
      • Define the interfaces between the SW components / modules
      • Define the dynamical behaviour of the software
      • Validate the feasibility of the solution: model simulation, mock-up
    • Define main technical choices for SW development:
      • Select Software Tools, Methodology (ex: UML, …) & coding rules, strictly following internal process/methods & tools recommendations
      • Select the Micro-processor/Micro-controller, together with the HW architect, according TISPPL recommendations
      • Select the Operating System& Software language
      • Define Software Coding strategy (ex: encoding,)
    • Arbitrate and validate major SW design choices
    • Perform SW/SW and HW/SW integration, together with the HW architect
    • Prepare and perform SW requirements tests, SW/SW & SW/HW integration tests and verifications of his/her deliverables, prior to the ones formally performed by a dedicated V&V team (depending on Safety Integrity Level)
  • Remain informed of the evolution of technologies through techno watch;
  • Contribute to TIS standardization by reusing existing solutions or by defining reusable solutions, including COTS (Component Off the Shelf);
  • Apply and ensure application of processes and standards;
  • Contribute to continuous improvement (RoE: Return of Experience, process …).







  • Autonomy
  • Analytical mind
  • Team spirit
  • Good communication skills
  • Time management skill




  • Language Skills: Fluency in written and spoken French. Other languages are an asset.

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:​Graduate Job

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