Product Cost Engineer (M/F)

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Date: 27-Apr-2021

Location: Tarbes, France

Company: Alstom

Req ID:99937 


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 38 900 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.    



  • In order to increase tender competitiveness and project performance, Alstom is willing to carefully monitor the variable cost during the development phase (ie from tender set-up up to end of design phase)
  • To do so, a new Métiers is being developed within engineering : design to cost. Cost will be managed in the development phase as any other technical performance
  • Such Métiers is not only in close relation with all engineering Métiers (chief engineer, mechanical design, system design, electrical design, etc.) but also with all the key stakeholders : project management, sourcing, industrialization, suppliers
  • The operational model involves two jobs
    • Train cost Engineers. In the project core team, transversal role to monitor the Train cost, to handle the business cases, to report the opportunities and risks
    • Product Cost Engineers. Dedicated to one discipline (mechanical, system, electrical), expertise role to assess the cost of the design along its construction, bring proposals and support finally sourcing negotiation


 Product Cost Engineer dedicated to traction

  • Set relevant target costs for his scope (mechanical, system or electrical)
  • Support technical business cases by costing analysis
  • Assess the cost of the design along its construction by a could cost
  • Propose and assess alternatives based on alternatives design and/or industrial processes
  • Support sourcing negotiation by providing a should cost
  • Develop (or contribute to develop) costing tools
  • Design (or contribute to design) cost training modules for his discipline



The position reports to the Product Cost Manager.

Collaborating network will be Trains System Engineers, System Engineers, Product Experts, Industrial Leaders, Supply Chain, Buyer and all the Costing Community.


The position will be located in France, Tarbes (65) with some punctual travels to Alstom sites.


Expected skills:

  • Cost culture
  • Technical skills to understand and challenge cost driver
  • Industrial processes knowledge
  • Railway product knowledge will be appreciated


Educational Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in engineering and / or Purchasing
  • Technical background
  • Railway products culture is appreciated




Mandatory: 2 years in Industry or other Companies with product development stakes

Desirable: Railway Industry knowledge: products, customer, supplier and normative stakes



Soft skills:

  • Self-learning ability
  • Rigorous
  • Analytical & Critical Mindset
  • Result oriented
  • Good communication skills


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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