Lead System Engineer

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Date: 29-May-2023

Location: Plymouth, GB

Company: Alstom

Req ID: 250301


Lead System Engineer


Site: Plymouth / 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.



Purpose of the role


Software development (with electronics background) for embedded platforms featuring DSP or FPGA. Applications will include SIL-rated communication systems for railway signaling and offshore oil and gas.




Key accountabilities:


  • Write software for DSP, FPGA or Microprocessors.
  • Follow and implement a structured software development process (V-Cycle Model, Agile, SW architecture, SW Tests, HW/SW Interface, etc).
  • Agree software strategy and solutions together with the hardware and software development team.
  • Verify and validate software authored by others.
  • Prepare presentations to summarize the work produced to the management.
  • Analyse Safety and Functional Compliance.
  • Document activities to a standard in line with EN 50128 and IEC 61508.
  • Debug/Fault Find new and existing systems issues (mainly related to software)



Performance measurements:

  • Actual vs planned number of development runs
  • On-Time Delivery
  • Number of detected vs non-detected issues during V&V.
  • Number and quality of documents released





  • BSc (or higher) in electronic engineering or computer science is preferrable but would consider relevant experience in the same or similar role
  • Demonstrated experience to work in a structured and multicultural organization.
  • Railway industry experience is highly desired.
  • Automotive or aerospace industry beneficial.
  • Good team player, confident on skills and capabilities and multitasking.
  • Comfortable to work and explore the full product development cycle at 360°: research, development, manufacturing, service, quality, etc.
  • Very high level of IT literacy, capable to interact at every level by a range of means (speech, text, remote, …).
  • Demonstrated experience in SW development following a structured and agile approach applying a V-Cycle Model.
  • Several years of experience in writing code following a structured and robust approach by using C/C++ and VHDL/Verilog.
  • Development experience in at least one of the following: microprocessors, DSPs and FPGAs.
  • Familiarity with electronic schematics and PCB layout.


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.

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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