Systems Tester in Charge

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Date: 24 Nov 2023

Location: Hatfield, UKM, GB

Company: Alstom

Req ID:364201 

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


We have an exciting opportunity to join the Control Systems team in a Senior Testing capacity.  You’ll be working within a niche area of the business focusing on the latest technology solutions and innovation within Railway Signalling.  Delivering Digital Railway solutions at the front end, with the next generation of Signalling automation and control.


What are my responsibilities?


As a Systems Tester, you’ll lead the Testing and Commissioning activities for a portfolio of projects and be the lead on-site for those associated commissioning activities. Balancing the need for off-site and on-site testing while leading and mentoring colleagues to grow the System testing team.


Working with the latest technology and continuing developments, the role will be expected to challenge the conventional ways of working and the standards of yesteryear, while keeping an experienced head in respect to the principles of Railway Signalling. The department and role is expected to lead the way to new and exciting technological advancements, while delivering innovative solutions to those current problems with a large product range of approved technology within Railway Control Systems.


As a Systems Tester in Charge you will be responsible for defining and controlling the testing activities; ensuring that suitable and sufficient evidence is gathered to confirm that the system meets the requirements appropriate to the application and is fit for entry into service. This includes identifying the testing requirements and developing test plans which are sufficiently robust to ensure that the system meets the requirements of the project and be capable of modifying the test plan as required in a controlled manner and dealing with situations that may arise which may result in restricted use of the system.


What do I need to qualify for this job?


The role of a System Tester in Charge is a 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.  Therefore, you must be an experienced Railway Systems Engineer, able to interpret Control Systems Design and modern Control Systems architecture. You’ll be an experienced Lead or Senior Tester within Railway Control Systems and be practiced in data testing of modern Railway Control Systems, such as WESTCAD/MCS / IECC, TDMs and Train Describers.


In addition to being a technical expert, it is essential that you have an innovative mind, excited by new challenges and not given to the same repetitive solution deliveries. You’ll also be a highly motivated individual able to integrate into a high performing team.


Minimum qualifications, skills and experience



  • Numerate & literate
  • Auditing
  • Presentation Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Good IT skills such as Microsoft word, excel, powerpoint



  • Signalling Tester in Charge Licence 1.3.190
  • Signalling Electronic Tester Licence 1.3.260 or Functional Tester Licence 1.3.170
  • Valid PTS ac/dc certificate
  • Emergency First Aid - desirable
  • Manual Handling - desirable
  • IOSH Managing Safety - desirable



  • Knowledge of contract conditions
  • Understanding of planning process
  • Knowledge of risk assessment process
  • In-depth underpinning knowledge of group & line standards
  • Commercial awareness
  • Knowledge of HSE requirements
  • Appreciation of design & installation
  • To hold any necessary certification that the client deems essential.


Additional Information:

  • Travel to other sites
  • Shift / night / weekend working
  • Some lodging away involved



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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