Engineering Dept. Head - CBTC/PTC

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Date: 18-Nov-2022

Location: Pittsburgh, PA, US

Company: Alstom

Req ID:332781 

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 

The Engineering Department Head, based in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, leads CBTC and PTC teams to achieve Engineering QCDP and KPI targets through active contribution and allocation of the appropriate technical resources, methods & tools from the Project Engineering Organization. In this role, the Department Head is responsible for providing leadership to Engineering Managers and their teams for Signaling projects in North America. This role contributes to the overall strategy of the Engineering department to allow managers to be more engaged while resolving complex issues within technical and process areas requiring signaling expertise. 



  • Guide the CBTC/PTC project teams to deliver within cost, schedule, quality, performance, and safety targets
  • Ensure that processes, methods & tools are applied consistently across projects and actively contribute to their continuous improvement
  • Responsible to ensure that teams are managing and/or mitigating technical risks and that opportunities are realized
  • While working with other Engineering Department Heads, create and implement resource deployment strategies across all projects in NAM
  • Ensure the Product Solution and Safety Certification strategies are aligned with the project solution requirements and design for projects executed
  • Ensure best practices and REX are identified and shared across projects
  • Ensure that the necessary Customer and System Requirements are properly flowed down to and accepted by the Wayside Applications team
  • Provide full scope of leadership for direct reports, including performance management & evaluation, workload management, annual assessments, salary planning, and employee development
  • Optimize efficiency and productivity of the Project Engineering team
  • Support implementing performance improvement initiatives and competitiveness improvement initiatives
  • Develop, implement, monitor and report team KPIs
  • Perform other related duties as assigned 


Minimum Qualifications:

  • BS in Engineering with 20+ years related industry experience
  • 15+ years experience managing a signaling engineering team
  • Extensive knowledge in the field of Computer Based Train Control, Positive Train Control, Electronic and Conventional Interlocking, DC ad AF Track Circuit, covering the entire engineering life-cycle
  • Strong understanding of Mainline and Urban rail signaling system design methodologies, standards (AREMA, CENELEC, IEEE, etc.), and safety concepts
  • Technical knowledge of Alstom product lines and associated integrated rail signaling systems
  • Proven Leadership skills and ability to effectively manage a matrixed team across multiple sites


Desired Qualifications:

  • MS in Engineering and/or MBA
  • Proficient ability to engage, motivate & retain top talent
  • Desire to create and maintain a culture of ownership, accountability & trust
  • Sense of urgency completing tasks and resolving issues
  • Strong analytical, problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • Ability to prioritize activities and manage change in a dynamic environment
  • Exceptional communication skills and ability to manage a remote team
  • Experience contributing to best practices and process standardization efforts
  • Strong interpersonal, influential and conflict resolution skills
  • 10+ years leading direct reports

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?  


Equal opportunity statement:
Alstom 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.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, colour, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by local law. 


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