Product Cost Engineer

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Date: 26-Jan-2023

Location: Saint-Ouen, FR

Company: Alstom

Req ID:330061 

We create smart innovations to meet the mobility challenges of today and tomorrow. We design and manufacture a complete range of transportation systems, from high-speed trains to electric buses and driverless trains, as well as infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Joining us means joining a truly global community of more than 75 000 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.   



Alstom aims to carefully monitor costs during all development phases of its products, whether in tender or in project execution, with a main objective of increasing financial performances and competitiveness. This is the core mission of Design To Cost.


As part of Project Office & Engineering Organization, Design To Cost aims to ensure the just enough technical definition at the just enough cost, on a wide range of rolling stock systems (Doors, Seats, Vehicles, frames,…). Consequently, we would meet our customer’s needs while being competitive technically and economically against our competitor.


Our transversal role requires to collaborate closely with key stakeholders (Engineering, Finances, Procurement, indus, Suppliers…), and always keeping a global technical and cost view, Design to Cost challenge is to contribute to the best Total Cost of Ownership at train level (acquisition + integration + maintenance…).

Job description (Product Cost Engineer)
In frame of tender and projects development, the Product Cost Engineer is in charge of evaluating product technical & economical features.

After an induction program, her/his main mission will be dedicated to Train Design & Mechanical Engineering topics:


Missions (Metier scope)

  • Develop and keep updated costing tools, deploy agile costing methodologies.
  • Put in place Design To Cost guidelines with technical and economical database.
  • Challenge internal technical requirements and contribute to set new standards.
  • Build cost training modules for her/his discipline and support company cost culture propagation.


Missions (project execution scope)

  • Assess the cost of products all along the design & development cycles, and set relevant target cost
  • Perform Technical and economical business cases by relevant cost analysis 
  • Challenge projects requirements and propose new alternatives: Technical, Design, industrial, procurement 
  • Support procurement negotiation by providing a should cost and share hypothesis in transparency


Hard Skills

  • Cost culture knowledge and/or experience  
  • Technical skills to understand and challenge cost driver
  • Good Knowledge and/or experiences in product & industrial processes
  • Knowledge in functional analysis and competitiveness methodologies (KAIZEN, 5S, PDCA…) is appreciated
  • Knowledge in Railway products or industry is appreciated
  • English: fluent


Soft Skills

  • Proactive (entrepreneurship) & Autonomous (self-learning),
  • Analytical & Critical Mindset : result oriented 
  • Good communication skills
  • Curious, Agile & Collaborative


Educational Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in engineering (Engineering school or university)



  • Mandatory: 2 years in Industry or other Companies with product development stakes 
  • Desirable: Railway Industry knowledge: products, customer, supplier, and normative stakes


Key words / Product Cost Engineer

Benchmark – Just enough - Target Cost – Could Cost - Should Cost – Design to Cost – Negotiation - Analysis – Cost Management – Design Optimization - Reverse Engineering – Process – Supply Chain – Industry – Innovation



An agile, inclusive and responsible culture is the foundation of our company where diverse people are offered excellent opportunities to grow, learn and advance in their careers.  We are committed to encouraging our employees to reach their full potential, while valuing and respecting them as individuals.   


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