Principle Designer

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Date: 17 May 2024

Location: Derby, DER, GB

Company: Alstom

Req ID: 401180


Principal Designer (Signalling)


Site: Derby / 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.



The Signalling Principle Designer role is based within our Signalling design centers around the UK. These centers of excellence undertake Signalling Design and System Engineering activities that support Signalling Design Projects within the D&IS business. Our Signalling projects use the wide range of Alstom signalling technologies ranging from SMARTLOCK 400T system, Modular Control Systems and VHLC (Vital Harmon Logic Controller). The projects are multidiscipline, complex and are strategically important to our clients. Our engineering teams are supporting some of the most significant projects within the UK, including Resignalling, Enhancement projects and the digital railway initiative.




Produce and deliver safety related Signalling design deliverables at a principle and system level in accordance with the client specific requirements, appropriate railway standards, technical constraints and Alstom company procedures liaising with the Designer Delivery Manager or Responsible Engineer.

Produce and deliver delivery strategies, Hazard identification, risk analysis, subcontract specifications, tendering and estimates, system definition, requirements capture, compliance management, safety assurance activities, project programme, commissioning support, design investigations, handback and project closeout.

Support the Designer Delivery Manager or Responsible Engineer with design assurance activities including support with audits, integration of designs, and work package management.


Alstom Signalling Principle Designers are responsible for the following:

  • Producing safety related Signalling design deliverables at a principle and system level in accordance with project programme, budgetary and technical requirements
  • Development of generic design solutions to meet Signalling requirements
  • Producing safety related Signalling design deliverables at a principle and system level in accordance with appropriate railway standards, technical constraints, health and safety legislation, Alstom company procedures, CDM Regulations, and CSM procedures
  • Identify and capture Signalling requirements
  • Support the Responsible Engineer with the identification of operational risks, construction risk, maintenance risk and system risk within design
  • Ensuring the quality of all Signalling Design deliverables at a principle level
  • Identify best practice signalling processes as part of a continual improvement plan to increase efficiency and minimize cost of non-quality and technical / delivery risk
  • Leading small design teams and the production of design packages
  • Taking reasonable care for the health and safety of yourself and other persons who may be affected by your acts or omissions at work
  • Co-operating as far as is reasonably practicable, with any statutory requirement placed on the company. Ensure that you do not intentionally or recklessly interfere with or misuse anything provided in the interest of safety or welfare
  • Identifying and communicating (to the Alstom Design Management team) any perceived shortcomings in Health and Safety arrangements, situations or processes that are considered to be serious or which may present dangers to yourself or others
  • Working on safety critical or safety related activities only where this complies with relevant competence or authority to work, or implementing and documenting a robust mentorship plan
  • Maintaining competencies and ensuring that IRSE Licence and Authority To Work are accurate and up to date
  • Mentor, coach and train other Designers including IRSE assessments when required to support the businesses sustainability plan




  • Application of CDM (Construction, Design and Management Regulations)
  • Knowledge of CSM (Common Safety Method)
  • Application of the RSSB (Rail Safety and Standards Board)
  • Awareness of railway construction methods and materials on complex projects
  • Application of Network Rail Standards (or equivalent)
  • Possesses effective communication skills
  • Computer skills including CAD
  • Application of risk assessments
  • Able to produce electrical and electronic circuits, data sheets and specifications
  • Awareness of ORR (Office of Rail & Road)
  • Time management and time keeping
  • Management of task priorities
  • Ability to build and maintain constructive relationships with customers and colleagues
  • Enthusiastic and self-motivated


  • 1.1.550 IRSE Signalling Principles Designer Licence
  • HNC/HND in an engineering discipline



  • Production of Signalling Design deliverables at a principle and system level on time and to budget
  • Engineering interfaces with other disciplines, i.e. Installation, Test, Control Systems, Telecommunications, Civil Engineering, Electrification and Power, Permanent Way
  • Operational risk assessments
  • Management of configuration and change control
  • Applying Network Rail Signalling and Railway Group Standards
  • Understanding of Specifications, Signalling Scheme Plans, Location Area Plans, System Architecture


What we offer

We offer a highly competitive starting salary, 25 days annual leave with the opportunity to increase this to 30 days, healthcare, life assurance, an excellent company-contributed pension scheme, and a wide range of flexible benefits that you can tailor to suit your life-style.


Application Process The talent team are reviewing applications on an ongoing basis and the role will close as soon as a suitable person has successfully passed the assessment process. To be considered please send in your application as early as possible


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' 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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