Software Department Head F/H

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Date: 5 Jul 2024

Location: Saint-Ouen, 93, FR

Company: Alstom

Req ID:458841 


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.


As part of our Alstom Digital & Integrated Systems business unit, Signaling system for metro, the Saint-Ouen Development Center (Urban Center of Excellence – around 400 people) is in charge of Developing the main Alstom Urban CBTC Signaling Solutions (including Urbalis 400: a system deployed on more than 100 projects metro lines worldwide & Urbalis Fluence: our latest and most innovative Urban Signalling System).




Software Department Head


plays a pivotal role in the technological leadership and innovation within the organization. He/she oversees the development and delivery of critical software solutions, ensuring that solution align with the Alstom Urban Platform's strategic goals and meet quality standards. His/her role encompasses technical oversight, team management, and collaboration with cross-functional departments to drive software excellence and operational efficiency.


Key responsibilities:

  • Defining and implementing technical strategies and roadmaps in alignment with the Business's objectives.
  • Driving the scaling of the Software department in line with business expansion and providing technical vision and leadership for software engineering across multiple locations.
  • Managing the software engineering department's resource allocation (+100 people internal and other units  and/or in overseas and sub-contractors) in alignment with program-projects prioritization.
  • Leading and managing software engineering teams, fostering a culture of innovation, trust, collaboration, and continuous improvement.
  • Mentoring and developing team members, including hiring, training, and performance evaluation.
  • Overseeing the design, development, and delivery of high-quality software products.
  • Collaborating with product management, design, and other stakeholders to ensure successful product releases and ensure that programs-projects are delivered on time and within budget.
  • Ensuring adherence to best practices in coding, testing, and deployment, and maintaining high standards of software quality.
  • Driving the resolution of technical challenges and leading efforts to improve software engineering processes.
  • Establishing metrics and monitoring systems to track performance and productivity.
  • Ensuring compliance with regulatory and safety railways standards and addressing security concerns throughout the software development lifecycle





  • At least 3-5 years of experience leading large teams, and 7 or more years of software engineering experience.
  • A strong foundation in embedded software development practices, programming languages, architecture, and system design.
  • Management and knowledge of alternative practices such as Agile is desirable
  • Technical knowledge in language RBSE or MBSE is desirable
  • Ability to lead and manage teams effectively. Capable of mentoring, motivating, and guiding team members towards achieving technical excellence.
  • Effective communication with peers and senior leaders. Able to articulate technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders /mediate between technical and non-technical stakeholders and foster a collaborative environment within the team.
  • Commitment to fostering diversity and inclusivity, and a supportive environment for learning and growth
  • Decision-making & Problem-solving ability
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Resilience
  • English mandatory



You will be based in our premises in Saint-Ouen sur Seine (93) (L13 & L14)


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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