Train cost engineer

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Date: 17-Jun-2022

Location: St-Bruno, QC, Canada

Company: Alstom

Leading societies to a low carbon future, Alstom develops and markets mobility solutions that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Alstom’s products portfolio ranges from high-speed trains, metros, monorail and trams to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom has 150,000 vehicles in commercial service worldwide. With Bombardier Transportation joining Alstom on January 29, 2021, the enlarged Group’s combined proforma revenue amounts to €14 billion for the 12-month period ended March 31, 2021. Headquartered in France, Alstom is now present in 70 countries and employs more than 70,000 people.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate the whole Design to Cost studies and metiers to meet the agreed objectives
  • Insure the transformation of the listed opportunities into validated cost reduction versus base line
  • Be the “voice” of the Design to Cost in the Tender or Project team, insure and organize regular Steering Committees to report on the
  • progresses


Detailled responsibilities:

  • Animate the Design to Cost by applying the DtC tools and methodologies
  • Calculate & Regularly update the “Cost by Unit in Dev” of the Train by IBS & Sub-Systems
  • Define & agree the Recurring Cost per Unit” target of the Train by IBS & Sub-Systems while getting the adhesion of the project stakeholders
  • Coordinate the Costing resources & expertise
  • Base on the Benchmark, DtC expertise & targets versus the Recurring Cost to Date of the train, highlight the main cost stakes and propose Priorities to the Tender or Project stakeholders.
  • Listen to the Tender or Project team needs of Business Cases, adapt and agree the priorities with the Tender or Project core team
  • Make sure the Design to Cost deliverables are delivered according to the DFQ cycle & Roadmap agreed
  • Organize creative / brainstorming session (no taboo openness result oriented) to transform into validated savings, the Design toCost potentials which have been identified by the DtC Analysis
  • Establish the synthesis report, follow DtC KPIs and the evolution of the total ”Cost by Unit in Dev” at Train & Sub-System level
  • Organize regular DtC Steering Committees to report it and ask the core team for for go / no go Arbitrations
  • The Scope of work is limited to Recurring Production Cost (Material + Assembly hours of the Train and Sub-Systems) even if NRC are taken in consideration when meaningful in the Business Cases



  • Based on the Deliverables issued by the Train Cost Engineer & the expertise of the Design to Cost team:
    • Calculate and Validate the train Cost per Unit in Dev
    • Calculate, Propose and Agree the Train Target Cost per Unit together with the project team at Train and Sub-System level
    • Put the Target Cost and other DtC Targets in a DtC TRS and insure their diffusion to the project stakeholders
  • Based on the Design to Cost process:
    • Put in place a DtC governance with the métiers and with the project teams such as steering committees, KPIs & follow-up meeting
    • Put in place the relevant deliverables to monitor the Design to Cost key success factors (such as Cost Calculation Note, Cost and Saving tracking, KPIs …)
    • Build the dashboard to show it to the Tender or Project team
  • Based on the priorisation issued by the Train Cost Engineer analysis & cost follow-up:
    • Deliver and update at least monthly to the Tender or Project team the main cost stakes to be addressed
    • Propose for each of them the relevant action plan using the Design to Cost processes, tools & expertise
    • Participate to those action plans and insure the transformation of the identified potential into validated savings
  • Communication:
    • Ensure the alignment with the product definition and put in place a close and fruitful communication with and between all the Design to Cost and Core Team métiers
    • Make sure their requirements are considered and that DtC results are known and circulated



  • 5 to 10 years experience in mechanical engineering
  • Knowledge of procurement and/or sourcing in an asset
  • Experience within transportation industry (railway, automotive etc) or heavy equipment is required
  • English fluent
  • French an asset
  • Autonomous, proactive and have technical leadership


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted.


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.


Alstom is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, age, disability status, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by Federal, National, or Local Laws.


Effective 29 January 2021, Alstom completed the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation. This is a Bombardier Transportation Legal Entity Position - positions at Bombardier Transportation companies are all members of the Alstom Group.


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