Major Work Tester in Charge

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Date: 22-Mar-2023


Company: Alstom

Req ID: 338543


Major Work Tester in Charge


Site: Remote / Hybrid


Appointment Basis: Permanent


Excellent Salary + Benefits:  



Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Our product portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail, and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a caring, responsible, and innovative company where more than 70,000 people lead the way to greener and smarter mobility, worldwide 


Employing 6,000 people within the UK & Ireland, we are the prominent supplier of new trains and train services, and a leading signalling and rail infrastructure provider. Alstom have built, or are building, just under 40% of the UK mainline train fleet, as well as the entire fleets in service with London Underground and Dublin Luas.


We are recruiting a Major Works TIC to join the UK D&IS business to work on Projects initially within the Eastern Region.  


As a Major Works Tester in Charge you will be responsible for defining and controlling the testing activities on allocated Alstom Projects; ensuring that suitable and sufficient evidence is gathered to confirm that the signalling meets the requirements appropriate to the application and is fit for entry into service.  This also includes identifying the testing requirements and developing test plans which are sufficiently robust to ensure that the system meets the requirements of the project.


This role complements an already established team of Testers and Testers in Charge across the whole country and will be a pivotal role in the management, development and growth of Alstom’s in-house testing capability.



To manage the pretesting, delivery and commissioning of the testing phase of the project, lineside, data and systems interface, ensuring all aspects are tested safely, to program and forecast cost.

The role of a Tester in Charge is safety critical position and vital to the validation of the signalling Control System and how it works in accordance with legal and Network Rail Line and Group standards.

The Test Manager will allocate projects to the Tester in Charge. The Tester in Charge will be responsible for the project testing management structure, the identification, selection and subsequent management of the testing staff on allocated projects.  The Tester in Charge must manage the testing staff allocated for the successful safe and timely delivery of works, development and identification of training requirements, and ensure mentorship requirements are met and documented. The Tester in Charge will liaise with internal project staff and the clients’ representatives at project meetings as required.

The Tester in Charge will report day to day to the Testing Manager within the allocated region, and hierarchically to the Regional Centre Testing & Commissioning Manager.



  • Ensure the complex / major works signalling project is managed and delivered on time, to budget and to current group standards

  • Responsible for the complete testing of the complex / major works signalling scheme

  • Forecast resources for project works to Work Package Owner

  • Manage and motivate allocated testing staff effectively

  • Complete and monitor company personal development plans for allocated staff to identify training and development needs

  • Develop allocated staff in accordance with IRSE competencies and undertake IRSE licence assessments

  • Taking account of whole contract, identify potential variations and discuss with Project Team/Tendering Dept

  • Ensure contract is completed to meet required Health, Safety & Environmental requirements

  • Identify potential process improvements and make recommendations for implementation

  • Compliance with Alstom testing procedures

  • Effectively attend and onward brief team briefing in technical documents, company safety briefings and alerts

  • Carry out risk assessments for planned works

  • Control hours worked

  • Produce testing documentation to NR and Project requirements and standards

  • Produce site project documentation in a timely manner to deliver programmed works

  • Carry out audits of testing staff working to standards and safety requirements

  • Maintain IRSE Logbook

  • Maintain IRSE Tester In Charge Licence

  • Manage all testing interfaces effectively

  • Control of tools and equipment allocated for the testing of project works

  • Scrutinise and sign timesheets and expense claims

  • Produce Returns on experience (REX) to share with the wider community



  • Project delivery programme

  • Timely completion of testing

  • Actual timescales to tendered

  • Actual costs to tendered costs

  • Achievement against forecast hours budgeted and actual

  • Attendance at required project meetings

  • Production of detailed progress records

  • Maintain IRSE Licences held

  • Number of suggestions for improvements and number implemented and lessons learnt

  • Internal / external audits

  • Technical brief records

  • Safety briefing records

  • Compliance and management of hours worked





  • Numerate & literate

  • Auditing

  • Presentation Skills

  • Communication Skills

  • Ability to make critical decisions based on evidence

  • Ability to work shifts and weekends to support project delivery

  • Ability to Lodge away from home to suit project requirements



  • Module 1

  • TIC Licence 1.3.190

  • Valid PTS ac/dc certificate

  • Emergency First Aid

  • Manual Handling

  • IOSH Managing Safety

  • Full driving licence



  • Knowledge of contract conditions

  • Understanding of planning process

  • Knowledge of risk assessment process

  • In-depth knowledge of group & line standards

  • Commercial awareness

  • Knowledge of HSE requirements

  • Appreciation of design & installation

  • Proven track record of delivering major and complex schemes

  • Documented previous acceptance by NR of Major Works Tester in Charge duties




  • Report writing

  • Diplomacy

  • Ability to analyse data effectively




  • Modules 2, 3 and 4

  • Functional Testers licence 1.3.170

  • Principles Testers License 1.3.180

  • HNC or higher equivalent in Elec. Engineering

  • Member of IRSE

  • IRSE Assessor


Alstom is the leading company in the mobility sector, solving the most interesting challenges for tomorrow’s mobility. That’s why we value inquisitive and innovative people who are passionate about working together to reinvent mobility, making it smarter and more sustainable. Day after day, we are building an agile, inclusive, and responsible culture, where a diverse group of people are offered opportunities to learn, grow and advance in their careers, with options across functions and geographic locations. Are you ready to join a truly international community of great people on a challenging journey with a tangible impact and purpose?


We aim to have a welcoming and inclusive environment for individuals, of different ages, genders, ethnicities, disability, LGBT, religion and/or belief. As a 'Disability Confident Leader' employer, we will interview all disabled job applicants who match the essential criteria of the job description or specification. We will consider flexible working requests for all roles unless operational requirements prevent otherwise.




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