Train Cost Leader

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Date: 3 Nov 2023

Location: Cluj-Napoca, RO

Company: Alstom

Req ID:432486 


At Alstom, we understand transport networks and what moves people. From high-speed trains, metros, monorails, and trams, to turnkey systems, services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility, we offer our diverse customers the broadest portfolio in the industry. Every day, 74,000 colleagues lead the way to greener and smarter mobility worldwide, connecting cities as we reduce carbon and replace cars.




Could you be the full-time Train Cost Leader in Cluj-Napoca, Romania we’re looking for?


Your future role


Take on a new challenge and apply your cost analysis skills and results orientation mindset expertise in a new cutting-edge field. You’ll report to Razvan Brie (Product Cost Platform Leader, Cluj-Napoca), and work alongside dedicated, hard-working, and fun teammates.

The Train Cost Leader plays a pivotal role in integrating the proposal of new solutions into the overall description. They actively facilitate creative brainstorming sessions, fostering an environment of openness and result-oriented thinking, to identify and validate potential cost-saving opportunities.

They leverage benchmarking data, Design To Cost expertise, and targets to perform detailed cost analysis of the train subsystems. Based on this analysis, they identify the main cost stakes.

By applying the Design to Cost tools and methodologies, the Train Cost Leader ensures that the proposed solutions align with factual cost data and figures. They also collaborate closely with the project team to adapt and prioritize these solutions, transforming them into validated savings that contribute to the overall cost reduction objectives.



We’ll look to you for


As the Train Cost Analyst at Alstom, your core responsibilities will be: 

  • Coordinate Design to Cost Studies: Lead and coordinate Design to Cost studies, ensuring that agreed objectives are met.
  • Validate Cost Reduction Achievements: Ensure identified cost reduction opportunities are transformed into validated cost reduction achievements compared to the baseline.
  • Advocate for Design to Cost: Represent the voice of Design to Cost in Tender or Project teams and organize regular Steering Committees to report on progress.
  • Provide Cost Perspective: Collaborate closely with the engineering team to offer a cost perspective to Project Management.


In detail, your tasks will include:

  • Implement Design to Cost Methodologies: Utilize Design to Cost and train cost tools and methodologies effectively.
  • Calculate and Update "Cost by Unit in Dev": Regularly calculate and update the "Cost by Unit in Dev" of the Train based on Sub-Systems.
  • Set Recurring Cost Targets: Define and agree on the Recurring "Cost per Unit" target of the Train for Sub-Systems while gaining buy-in from project stakeholders.
  • Prioritize Cost Reduction Efforts: Based on benchmarks, Design to Cost expertise, and cost targets, highlight key cost challenges and propose priorities to the Tender or Project stakeholders.
  • Collaborate with Tender or Project Teams: Listen to the needs of the Tender or Project team for Business Cases, adapt to their requirements, and agree on priorities with the core team.
  • Ensure Timely Deliverables: Ensure that Design to Cost deliverables are provided according to the agreed DFQ (design for quality) cycle and Roadmap.
  • Transform Design to Cost Potentials: Organize creative/brainstorming sessions to convert identified Design to Cost potentials into validated savings.
  • Monitor Design to Cost KPIs: Establish synthesis reports and track Design to Cost KPIs and the evolution of the total "Cost by Unit in Dev" at Train & Sub-System levels.
  • Organize Steering Committees: Arrange regular Design to Cost Steering Committees to report progress and seek go/no-go arbitrations from the core team.



All about you


We value passion and attitude over experience. That’s why we don’t expect you to have every single skill. Instead, we’ve listed some that we think will help you succeed and grow in this role: 

  • Comprehensive understanding of DFQ (design for quality) cycles and product life cycles, particularly the technical aspects of the V-Cycle methodology.
  • Proficiency in industrial processes, enabling accurate cost analysis and optimization aligned with technical product definitions.
  • Strong knowledge and experience in costing methodologies and functional analysis, like Should Cost and Could Cost, to effectively assess and analyze cost structures.
  • Familiarity with Engineering Design tools such as DMA, CATIA, E3S, DOORS, CMT, etc., supporting technical assessments and cost calculations.
  • Good grasp of quality and competitiveness methodologies like KAIZEN, 5S, PDCA, enabling the identification of cost-saving opportunities while maintaining high-quality standards.
  • Excellent communication skills to convey technical and cost-related information to stakeholders at various levels.
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken, for seamless communication with international teams and stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated determination, resilience, and problem-solving skills to overcome technical challenges and drive cost optimization initiatives.
  • Strong networking abilities to build connections within the industry, collaborate with experts, and gather technical insights to inform cost reduction strategies.
  • Knowledge of the railway industry, including norms, certifications, and technical requirements, providing insights into specific cost drivers and industry challenges (a plus).


These technical competencies and skills, along with the previously mentioned attributes, enable a Train Cost Leader to navigate the complexities of the railway industry, analyze costs in alignment with technical requirements, and effectively communicate technical and cost-related information to stakeholders. By leveraging their technical expertise and combining it with their proactive, collaborative, and determined approach, the Train Cost Leader can successfully drive cost reduction efforts and deliver optimal outcomes in train projects.



Things you’ll enjoy


Join us on a life-long transformative journey – the rail industry is here to stay, so you can grow and develop new skills and experiences throughout your career.

You’ll also:

  • Enjoy stability, challenges and a long-term career free from boring daily routines
  • Be part of a large team with over 800 professionals in  HR, Finance and Procurement & Supply Chain
  • Collaborate with transverse teams and helpful colleagues
  • Utilise our Agile, Responsible and Inclusive working environment
  • Steer your career in whatever direction you choose across functions and countries
  • Benefit from our investment in your development, through award-winning learning (Access to Alstom University and Alstom Learning Program)
  • Professional Development Plan – we offer great opportunities to develop yourself within the company
  • Benefit from a fair and dynamic reward package that recognises your performance and potential (Competitive Salary and Meal Vouchers,  Flexible Benefits at your choice - on top of your salary, Holiday Bonuses (Easter, Christmas), Employee Loyalty Bonus, Reimbursement of telework expenses – for amount of days worked from home, Additional Bonuses -  referral bonuses, /new-born bonus, discounts)
  • Entitle to comprehensive and competitive social coverage (Life and Accident  Insurance, Private medical subscription at Regina Maria and  Private Pension)
  • Work-life balance- we offer flexible working hours and a hybrid model of work ( Working from Home 3 days/ week) and 25 days of annual leave
  • Be part of our Social Corporate Responsibilities initiatives (Social events, Humanitarian Actions)


You don’t need to be a train enthusiast to thrive with us. We guarantee that when you step onto one of our trains with your friends or family, you’ll be proud. If you’re up for the challenge, we’d love to hear from you!






Important to note

As a global business, we’re an equal-opportunity employer that celebrates diversity across the 70+ countries we operate in. We’re committed to creating an inclusive workplace for everyone.

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