System Design Leader

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Date: 27-Dec-2021

Location: Charleroi, WHT, Belgium

Company: Alstom

Req ID:160908 

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.  



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.  



The mission of the Railway Signalling System Design Leader is to ensure the design of a specific technical solution based on, and adapted from a generic Alstom designed solution, which will fit the client’s project needs in terms of Quality, Cost and Delivery.  This activity occurs in a very complex and normative environment, specific to integrated systems (and sub-systems) deployment projects.


Network & Links:

Internal links with project members (Verification & Validation team, Safety team, Homologation team, Field Operation Team, …), in Charleroi.

External links with Application Projects in Charleroi and worldwide, with other Alstom Units (Rolling Stock), trackside team and support to customer.


The System Design Leader will have to:

  • Manage functionally (not hierarchically) the Project Design Team (1-4 people / 2.000 - 5.000 hours depending on the projects) and secure their commitment to the project, dealing with planning, budget, workload distribution, team members skills development, escalating of staffing issues,…
  • Defines and develops the signalling system architecture and functionalities.
  • Defines and allocates requirements, evaluates design trade-offs, analyses technical risks, defines interfaces. 
  • Keep close coordination with verification and validation, and with project deployment teams.
  • Provides all the necessary support to the Project Engineering Manager (PrEM) for the technical
  • Answer to the needs expressed by the Solution Director and the specific user project needs.
  • Participates to R&D activities to develop the future signalling systems.



  • Develop the system documents, including plans, specifications and other technical documents in line with the engineering processes
  • Define and maintain Engineering Design QCD targets, in line with Project baselining strategy
  • Ensure that the system technically fulfils the defined needs and enhancements (change requests) and that a proper system engineering approach is being followed
  • Throughout the development, providing technical support to V&V, RAM and Safety Analysis. Interact with other System Engineers and with other métier engineers to ensure the design fits into the intended architecture.
  • Develop typical applications of the system and manage design feedback from V&V team.
  • Focus on technical process but strive to balance technical concerns with the program pressure deriving from cost & schedule. Minimize, by design, the System deployment cost, lead time and risk.
  • Contribute to the definition and maintenance of the System Baselines, analyse and implement Change Requests
  • Prepare and participate to design reviews
  • Contribute to system configuration activities, to requirement management activities
  • Ensure that the system follows standardization approach by reusing existing solutions or by implementing reusable solutions, and by providing an efficient system deployment kit (tools, user documentation…)
  • Provide support to Program external stakeholders (Customers, Users, Tenders)
  • Understand and apply the TIS System Development processes and contribute to continuous improvement (RoE, process,…).
  • Advise the Project Engineering Manager of the recommended path that the development should take, outlining the reasons for that recommendation.




Engineering degree with specific training/experience in the fields of Signalling Systems, electronics, automatics, software architecture or other well suited degree/background.



  • Writing skills: clarity, rigor, and synthetic view.
  • Need long term implication in the project.
  • Team spirit.
  • Autonomy and perseverance.



  • Knowledge in development or integration of Signalling System (ERTMS and Europeans Systems).
  • Knowledge in development or integration of European Legacy Signalling System (KVB, TBL1+, ATB, PZB, …).
  • Knowledge in development or integration of CBTC or TCMS signalling System.
  • Experimented in Embedded Software development for Critical Application, in architecture of Critical Application and in Safe Platform development.
  • Knowledge in Rolling Stock architecture and interfaces.
  • Experimented in modelling method as SADT, SysML, Matlab.
  • Experimented in redaction of specification and traceability.
  • Language skills: Good level in the French and English language (written, spoken).

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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