Principal Systems Engineer

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Date: 6 May 2024

Location: Hatfield, GB

Company: Alstom

Site: Hatfield


Appointment Basis: Permanent 


Excellent Salary + Benefits Include: Pension, Life Assurance, Contributed Healthcare


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, more than 80000 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 Principal Systems Engineer in Hatfield we’re looking for? 



Participate in the development, adaptation, introduction and systems delivery elements of SSI and SMARTLOCK systems and processes (SML 400, MooN, Smart Gateway, SmartIO, Support System, Test Environment, Auto

Testing) for signalling systems in the UK and Ireland.

Participate in the development and / or improvement of tools and processes within the business including requirements capture, planning, specifications, design, implementation, testing and roll out. Assist in ensuring

that tools and processes remain fit for purpose and enable continuous improvement of them by leading regular reviews and proactively suggesting and implementing improvements.




  • Ensure delivery of standardised objectives and optimum systems solutions on allocated projects.
  • Delivery of project solutions ensuring focus on reliability, maintainability and safety principles.
  • Ensure conformity of projects to systems standards, agreed system architecture, client standards and company procedures.
  • Participate in the development of new systems solutions.
  • Support to safety assurance on the application CSM on allocated projects / products including the development of Generic and Specific Application Safety Cases.
  • Work with the Systems Engineering Manager to establish matters of best practice.
  • Provide systems input to tenders.
  • Participate in systems integration, project deliverables, associated sub-systems and validation of technical documentation in order to verify product and project compliance.
  • Technical team leadership for Systems Engineers.
  • Support the project in the field by providing second line product support to customers.
  • Attendance at business and technical briefings.


Essential Skills:

  • A high degree of computer and software literacy, including Microsoft Windows System and Domain Administration.
  • Software development or scripting experience.
  • Ability to liaise with all stakeholders including customers, supplier and project delivery staff
  • Organisational skills
  • Decision Making
  • Technical report writing



  • MSc or BSc level education in an engineering related subject, preferably control systems / electrical engineering / systems engineering or equivalent.



  • Good knowledge of client and systems standards and legislation.
  • Knowledge of the UK railway safety approval processes.
  • Good knowledge of systems engineering principles and good understanding of relevant systems and software tools and the aptitude to develop skills further.


Desirable Skills:

  • Commercial and financial awareness
  • Virtualisation and Cloud Technologies



  • PTS
  • Corporate Member of an engineering institute
  • IRSE Systems or Engineering Managers licence



  • Experience working in a railway systems engineering environment.


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.
At Alstom we will consider requests for flexible working on hiring. Please talk to us at interview about the flexibility you need.
Alstom U.K. is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating an inclusive working environment where all our employees are encouraged to reach their full potential, and individual differences are valued and respected.  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: if you require any reasonable adjustments, please let us know.




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