R&D and sustaining Controller (M/F)

Date: 3 oct. 2022

Lieu: Tarbes, 65, FR

Entreprise: Alstom

À la tête des entreprises qui s’engagent vers un avenir plus vert, Alstom développe et commercialise des solutions de mobilité qui apportent les fondements durables pour l'avenir des transports. Notre portefeuille de produits s'étend des trains à grande vitesse, métros, monorails et tramways jusqu’aux systèmes intégrés, services sur mesure, infrastructures, signalisation et solutions de mobilité numérique. Nous rejoindre, c'est rejoindre une entreprise bienveillante, responsable et innovante où plus de 70 000 personnes ouvrent la voie à une mobilité plus verte et plus intelligente, dans le monde entier.



Purpose of the job:

The Component France R&D and Sustaining Controller is responsible for the program finance performance, provides accurate finance information/forecast aligned with the program schedule and suppliers performance, sees to achieve budget and three-year plan targets, supports external financing activities, increases cash efficiency and supports initiatives on physical progress measures.


Program Controlling

  • Ensure program financial consolidation including periodical Program Reviews and, as Lead, coordinate inputs to and from all partners (EAC, schedule, variance analysis) though out the program organization and units
  • Ensure actuals and year-end reforecast complies with annual authorized budget and anticipate the request of any arbitration due to overrun or underspend within a fiscal year
  • Measure cost per deliverable, saving plan achievements vs. target to anticipate any upcoming deviation vs. an at completion view
  • Produce standard & reliable financial reporting as requested (actuals, year-end reforecast, budget) as well as ad-hoc reports to address operation needs to act towards an efficient finance management and optimization of the resources, and allow strategic decision making
  • Manage the Program under the ADEL Project tool and prepare for migration in Ody-C (target tool) by structuring the programs in subsystems
  • Control overall financial movements and ensure that financial information is consistent and reconciled on a regular basis in the ERP systems on full scope
  • Drive monthly Earned Value reporting ensuring the alignment of project physical progress with the budget allocated to each milestone for the most important Program

Program Review Boards & Business case

  • Prepare and pitch all finance analysis & messages relevant & impactful enough to be shared with the Program Review Board to understand financial situation of the program especially on any deviation versus initial commitments (Program Approval Board)
  • Responsible of risks assessment throughout program development & of communicating early warnings to Central
  • Anticipate & push for any mitigation/corrective plan needed to get the financials of the program back on track once risks are identified or improve the Estimate at Completion of the program
  • Lead the end-to-end Business case of the program - and / or specific JV when applicable - with the support of technical & product Platform Directors, with regular updates to ensure commercial momentum and development costs evolve in accordance with initial plan and valuation (Excess Profit and/or Discounted Cash Flow)
  • Assess profitability of additional R&D investments & sizing to achieve deliverables maturity commitment


  • Provide support on ad-hoc R&D legal entities controlling and accounting activities in close coordination with Group Performance Management and Accounting
  • Issue Accounting documentation to support decisions regarding capitalization of the program and Program Impairment Test if triggering event occurs
  • Support program’s funding & Research Tax Credit documentation, reporting, & analysis
  • Support Central R&D team towards external auditors’ requests
  • Ensure proper internal control and strict implementation of Group finance guidelines within her/his scope of responsibilities (“Guardian of the rules”)
  • Be the ambassador & Key user of Central R&D new processes, governance, methods & tools & ensure they are well known (trainings/workshops) & implemented at site level
  • Be an actor of the Finance Platforms central initiatives


Performance measurements:

  • Accuracy of program costs versus Forecast, Say/Do ratio, as regards with planning & deliverables commitment
  • Yearly program spend compliance versus Budget
  • Program Total Excess Profit evolution versus initial assumption validated by the Program Approval Board



Educational Requirements  


Finance/Business University Degree




  • 5 years minimum in a relevant finance experience including industrial/ engineering finance, commercial finance or other finance management roles that made you develop controlling, analytical, & reporting skills
  • Prior external or internal audit or R&D controlling experience is a plus
  • Prior exposure to SAP could be a plus
  • Fluency in English is a must (spoken & written)


Competencies & Skills


You have as an applicant a:

  • Good general knowledge of IFRS and of the main basic accounting principles
  • Show Pack Office proficiency especially advanced Excel skills
  • Can-do, energizing, dynamic, resourceful & problem solver attitude geared towards improvement of the ’As Is’
  • Cost-out oriented mindset, ideally grown during a previous industrial environment & controlling experience
  • Ability to shape and entertain key performance indicators
  • An ability to demonstrate your communication skills especially in a highly exposed to Top Management environment
  • Business partnering behaviour towards program manager & Solutions Directors, bringing both challenge & close support to operational teams
  • Ability to be the link between program team & Central
  • Change agent attitude, capitalizing on own experience to drive improvement & infuse a performance-oriented culture within the program team
  • Inquisitive look to the front-end of the business, be curious about products, find the winning strategy, understand customer needs
  • Combination of Team spirit, Transparency, Honesty, Integrity, Reliability, Courage and Conviction qualities
  • Ability to adapt & be agile in an evolving/changing priorities environment
  • Ability to work in an international group and to evolve in a matrix organization
  • Resilience & ability to deliver under pressure
  • Prior experience working in an industrial environment or capital goods industry, ideally railway, is a plus


You’ll be expected to :

  • Be autonomous, result-oriented individual, & curious enough to understand the operational team’s language
  • Be a creative force & proactive, a force of persuasion showing leadership skills & added value
  • Foster cooperation between site(s), Platform management and R&D Finance
  • Adhere to Alstom In Motion values & One Finance Team principles


Alstom est une entreprise leader dans le secteur de la mobilité, qui résout les grands défis de la mobilité de demain. C'est pour cela que nous valorisons les personnes curieuses et innovantes qui sont passionnées par l’idée de travailler ensemble afin de réinventer la mobilité, de la rendre plus intelligente et plus durable. Jour après jour, nous construisons une culture agile, inclusive et responsable. Nos équipes, venant d’horizons différents, se voient offrir des opportunités d'apprendre, de se développer et de construire leur carrière en évoluant sur différentes fonctions et sites géographiques. Êtes-vous prêt à rejoindre une véritable communauté internationale pour une aventure stimulante et impactante ?  


Location : France - Tarbes (65)