Project Testing & Commissioning Group Manager (GO Expansion)

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Date: 28-Jan-2023

Location: Toronto, ON, CA

Company: Alstom

Req ID:370011 

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.


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.



As a well seasoned manager with extensive experience leading teams for the commissioning of large scale railway projects, you will be accountable and responsible for the management & successful completion of Testing & Commissionning (T&C) activities in the field as well as the management of the T&C Work Package and leading the field commissioning teams. With the support of the commissioning managers, the T&C Group Manager has a role of planning, managing, leading, coordination & integration for the T&C activities on site and is considered the leading Testing Authority on site. When required, the T&C Manager shall manage and support physically on site the execution of testing and commissioning activities in a Brownfield environment where the various testing activities will take place during the day or during non-revenue hours (Nights and Weekends) as deemed necessary to achieve project milestones. He/She is also responsible for ensuring the alignment of the various T&C procedures with the applicable system and subsystem specifications documents, customer requirements, project strategy & company policies (including EHS, railway safety, local regulation and professional standards).


Main Responsibilities

  • Owns and manages the overal T&C Work Package, resource availability and deliverables
  • Deploys T&C processes, tools, methods, templates and structure to ensure good T&C records are maintained on the project
  • Identifies savings through Risk mitigation and Opportunities management
  • Deploys T&C processes in the field and ensures it is applied by the T&C team within the project.
  • Leads the team and ensures execution of activities in a brown field project without impacting revenue operations.
  • Defines together with the planners and System/Engineering teams the T&C testing strategy and activities.
  • Evaluates and validates the scope of testing in the field to ensure alignment with the Project Road Map
  • Identifies and communicates gaps/risks in overall testing strategy to Project Team and/or Customer as required
  • Oversees T&C procedures and method statements preparation/approval in coordination with all stakeholders
  • Leads the prioritization/coordination of T&C testing activities through weekly meetings with own team and stakeholders
  • Ensures that safety/EHS restrictions are enforced and respected for tests to be carried out
  • Manages & Oversees the capture of test configuration on-site.
  • Manages the submittal and acceptance of all T&C documentation 
  • Supports the team and applies expertise to troubleshoot T&C technical issues.
  • Leads anomalies follow-up and interfaces with engineering team towards their resolution.
  • Oversees and Leads the validation of Change Requests implementation in the field.
  • Interacts with Engineering, Safety and Verification & Validation Sub-System leaders for optimizing site testing.
  • Reports to senior management through summary reports and KPIs the progress of activities on a weekly basis
  • Leads and/or attends technical meetings with the customer to represent T&C and protect Alstom interests
  • Alerts or escalates to Project Management and superiors of any risk or issues identified prior or during the testing activities
  • Pro-actively assists managing internal interfaces with project engineering, installation and external technical interfaces with Partners, Third Parties and Customers for T&C activities.
  • Identifies resource and training needs and ensures the team is staffed and adequately competent
  • Conducts performance reviews of the T&C team in accordance with company policies and project expectations
  • Identifies, implements and supports performance improvement plans with assistance from the Human Resources team
  • During absence of Department Head (T&C Canada); may act as delegate for key meetings and support.
  • Issues the REX on T&C activities, and proposes update/improvement to the T&C processes/tools and Reference Library
  • Agree and implement with the support of the Department Head and peer domain leaders the department guidelines (training strategies, competencies, growth plans, etc.)



Education & Experience

  • Bachelor's Degree in Engineering/Technology (electrical/computer/networking) or Equivalent
  • At least 10 years of direct experience in commissioning large scale Railway Signaling projects.
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience in a managerial/leadership role with direct reports (V&V, T&C or Site Integration)
  • Strong management and people skills
  • Strong experience with hiring/recruiting processes
  • Strong knowledge and experience with testing and commissioning in a Brownfield environment.
  • Good understanding of system development process.
  • Knowledge of Alstom Products considered an asset
  • Working knowledge of Canadian Rail Operating Rules (CROR) considered a strong asset
  • P. Eng or ability to obtain P. Eng in Ontario
  • PMP certification considered an asset


Behavioral and Technical Skills/Competencies:

  • Very good listener with strong communication skills at all management levels
  • Strong leadership, method and organization, sense of urgency, priority management,
  • Persuasive and strong team motivator, able to facilitate resolution of issues in a diplomatic manner
  • Strong ownership and accountability of activities assigned until completion and acceptance
  • Proactive in order to promptly solve technical issues and anticipate all technical difficulties
  • Rigorous to perform T&C activities in an organized manner and good quality
  • Good relationship and reporting skills to management and customer
  • Strong attention to detail, time management and organization
  • Safety and Team oriented with strong initiative and professional demeanor
  • Ability to be self-motivated to learn from technical resources and documentation
  • Punctual, reliable and responsible and eager to lead team members by example
  • Performs responsibilities with minimal direction/supervision
  • Adheres to the use of PPE as defined by the Project EHS plan, Alstom rules, and customer Safety requirements
  • Fluent in English


Travel Requirements: Ability to travel occasionally within Canada or to the USA for meetings with management, training or site support.


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. 


 Job Type:​Experienced​

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