Overhead Catenary System (OCS) Design Manager

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Date: 28-Feb-2023

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: Alstom

Req ID:237370 

Imagine playing a central role in reducing the carbon footprint of Canada’s busiest public transit system and doing so with a consistently ranked Top Employer with a global reach. As part of the ONxpress consortium, Alstom is proudly working to transform the collective mobility of the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas (GTHA) through the On-Corridor Works project, and we are hiring for hundreds of roles. The GO Expansion scope : new electric locomotives, fleet upgrades, train control systems, network electrification, signalling, telecommunications and digital systems, maintenance, and much more.


Alstom is seeking an Overhead Catenary System (OCS) Design Manager. This individual will be responsible for on-time Design submission by their operational team.



  • Lead establishment and review basic and detailed design documents for the project
  • Technical Interface Management with internal and external stakeholders
  • Technical management of suppliers and subcontractors
  • Signing off all OCS design submissions
  • Provide support on OCS topics to System Engineering team
  • Respect of Engineering Management Plan and Design Quality Plan
  • OCS global performances
  • Requirement development, coming from reference and applicable documents from Metiers, Standards, local practices, Certification, Safety, Platform and Customer, and for transverse requirement allocations to the various subsystems in close collaboration with the relevant specialists
  • Respect of normative references and local standards rules
  • Integration of Reliability, Availability, Maintainability, Safety (RAMS) requirements
  • Integration of O&M requirements in OCS Design
  • Functional analysis and specification
  • Definition of the global OCS typical assemblies and components and basic design (pegging plan, overlaps, crossover…etc) as per the external/internal requirements
  • Consistency and compatibility between all the sub-systems specifications
  • Efficiency of the transversal studies related to OCS (CEM, Earthing & Bonding…)
  • Applicable OCS configuration and deliverables list
  • Technical interface with Customer
  • Off-shore Design team management and coordination
  • Preparation of Design Reviews, especially for Gate Reviews
  • Management of all correspondence (letters, minutes of meetings, submittals…) related to OCS design activities
  • Definition and review of components technical criteria and management of technical evaluation of suppliers
  • Factory Acceptance Tests (FAT) procedures and technical lead during FAT
  • Bill of Quantities (BOQ) elaboration and review
  • Collect the REX (Return of Experience) coming from the Regional Centers
  • Arbitration on architecture definition between the subsystems to reach the best compromise for the OCS design
  • Checking and integration of suppliers, sub-contractors and in-house OCS designs and ensure technical compliance
  • Review and getting approval of design deliverables, reply to comments if any


The OCS team is mainly composed of on-shore located in Toronto, Canada, and off-shore part located in St-Ouen, France.



This position will report to the OCS Project Manager and operationally to the ELEctrification Traction Design Manager, managing a team of up to fifteen.


The candidate will liaise with:

  • Engineering: ELEctrification Traction Design Manager, Central Engineering and Transverse Engineering team
  • Project: Project management team
  • Site: Construction management team
  • Customer, Consultants, External stakeholders
  • Civil Works and Track works partners
  • Interfacing sub-systems (Rolling Stock, Trackwork, POS, Signalling, Civil works)
  • Regional Centers


Performance Measurements

  • On-time delivering: 100%
  • Respect of allocated WPs: 100%
  • Respect of Design for Quality (DFQ) milestones: 100% Go On Time, in accordance with the standards or rules of their Metier
  • Respect of performances of the system provided: 100%
  • IFR project targets, if applicable


Educational Requirements


  • Bachelor's Degree of Science in Engineering, Computer Science or scientific subjects
  • Professional Engineer designation as per Canadian regulations 


  • Master's Degree in Business Administration and/ or
  • Master's Degree in Project Management
  • Already worked in a BIM-integrated design environment



  • A minimum of 7-8 years of experience in Electrification/OCS project management
  • A minimum of 7-8 years of experience in OCS (AC or DC) engineering
  • A minimum of 3-4 years of experience in multicultural team management
  • A minimum of 2-3 years of experience in 25kV OCS Railway Project/s
  • Strong knowledge of Canadian standards and common practices
  • Autonomy, motivated, initiative, and interested in innovative technical topics
  • Fluent in English, second language appreciated


Competencies & Skills

  • Communication skills
  • Interpersonal skills (teamwork and leadership)
  • Decision-making ability
  • Analytical and critical thinking
  • Problem-solving ability
  • Resilience

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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