Software Architect

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Date: 17-Nov-2022

Location: Charleroi

Company: Alstom

Req ID:304681 

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

Purpose of the job:

  • Specify and design software
  • Optional: Software Development Manager
  • Ensure QCD management of software development activities



Organisation structure:

Development Center (DC) or Regional Center (RC)


Reports directly to:

DC/RC Software Métier Manager/Leader (but specific reporting line is possible)


Other reporting to:

Software Development Manager, Program Manager


Direct reports:



Network & Links


  • System Engineers or Product Designers Hardware Architects
  • Software Designers RAM Engineers
  • V&V Architects and Designers Quality Assurance Managers
  • Safety Assurance Managers and Engineers Cybersecurity Managers and Engineers



Key accountabilities:

  • Contribute to the elaboration of product/system specification & architecture, in collaboration with the Product Designers or System Engineers
  • Define the software requirements specifications:
  • Define the functional requirements, operational requirements, interfaces requirements and the requirements linked to performance, safety, cybersecurity, RAM… constraints
  • Ensure that all the requirements can be verified (testability, …)
  • Ensure the traceability of the software requirements through the development cycle
  • Define the software architecture
  • Elaborate the functional and structural breakdown into software components
  • Allocate the requirements to the software components
  • Define the interfaces between the software components
  • Define the dynamical behavior of the software
  • Validate the feasibility of the solution: model simulation, mock-up
  • Take main technical choices for software development
  • Select development tools, methodology (ex: UML, …), programming languages, coding strategy and coding rules…, strictly following internal process/methods & tools recommendations
  • Contribute to the selection of the execution environment (processor, operating system, middleware, basic software…), together with the product architect, system engineering manager and hardware architec


  • Arbitrate and validate major software design choices
  • Perform software/software integration, together with the software designers
  • Perform hardware/software integration, together with the hardware architect
  • Specify, design, prepare and perform tests and verifications of his/her deliverables
  • Sustain the software
  • Keep informed of the evolution of technologies through techno watch
  • Contribute to standardization by reusing existing solutions or by defining reusable solutions, including COTS (Commercial Off-The-Shelf)
  • Apply and ensure application of processes and standards
  • Contribute to continuous improvement (RoE: Return of Experience, process…)
  • If Software Development Manager (optional)
  • Produce and follow up the WP (Work Package) file (QCD commitments) for the whole software development
  • Define the management plans for software development (by customizing and completing internal templates if any):
  • Define the software project management plan
  • Contribute to the definition of the software engineering management plan together with the software architect
  • Contribute to the definition of the software verification and validation plan together with the software architect and the V&V architect
  • Contribute to the definition of the software configuration management plan together with the configuration manager
  • Contribute to the definition of the software quality plan together with the quality manager
  • Organize the software Design Reviews
  • Organize and lead software development activities so that to ensure QCD commitment, till the end of software development:
  • Coordinate software development activities (software design - including activities performed by LLCC or subcontractors)
  • Participate to the product CCB (Change Control Board) for software part (i.e. manage commitment and change to software requirements)
  • Alert the reporting structure for any event that could impact software development QCD commitments
  • Establish the consolidated reporting on his/her WP
  • Promoting the Alstom Code of Ethics and adhering to the highest standards of ethical conduct.


 Key Job Authorities and Dimensions



Performance measurements:

  • OTD / DOT

If Software Development Manager, respect of QCD commitments




Educational Requirements


Engineer Degree or Master Degree


Experience Mandatory:

Railway software development



Vital or secure software development


Competencies & Skills

  • Good oral communication skills
  • Good written English communication skills Team management
  • Ability to work transversally with Engineering teams
  • Concurrent engineering


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 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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