Traction Project Engineering Manager


  • charleroi, Hainaut

  • Published : 2022-11-13
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Job Description

  • Job Title Traction Project Engineering Manager


Req ID:199816 

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  70000 people dedicated to solving real-world mobility challenges and achieving international projects with sustainable local impact.


Alstom has been part of Belgian railway history for 130 years through its connection with the former rail transport equipment subsidiary of SA Ateliers de Constructions Électriques de Charleroi (ACEC). Today, Alstom Belgium employs 1050 people and is involved in approximately 100 major projects worldwide.

The site in Charleroi has developed unique expertise in electrical and electronic systems within two centres of excellence that operate at a global level : one focuses on traction systems and the other on signalling and railway traffic control systems, with a particular emphasis on equipment that complies with the European standard (European Rail Traffic Management System/ ERTMS). The teams develop systems, manufacture prototypes, perform tests and trials, complete approval procedures and manage integration projects. An after sales service activity completes the offer for these product groups. Alstom Belgium pursues an ambitious growth strategy by actively investing in R&D. The work carried out by its team of 100 research engineers makes a significant contribution to the development of a sustainable rail transport system.

Purpose of the Job:

PrEM is an Engineering representative among the project core team and has to make sure the engineering core team reaches its QCD commitment. He/she applies and promotes Alstom’s Team, Trust & Action core values.

Organisational Reporting

As PrEM, you will be based in Charleroi. You report hierarchically to the Site PrEM Manager (or Site Engineering Director acting as PrEM Manager). Functionally you report to the Project / Sub-System Manager throughout the project. You are constantly in contact with various people: Project or Sub-System Manager; Project X Managers (PrXM), Train X Engineers (TxE), PrRAMSM, Site Engineering Planning Manager, Site Engineering Quality Manager, complete engineering project team, Engineering Metier Leaders, Leading Unit / Participating Units PrEM(s), Customer technical representatives.

Between 10 and 200 people report to you functionally.


Main management missions:

Accountable for: The PrEM is accountable for the technical decisions taken within his/her team.

Responsible for :

Managing Project (or R&D or Sustaining) Engineering activities by delivering Engineering Work Package in compliance with the Engineering QCD commitment.
Representing Engineering among the project core team and managing interfaces with PrXMs and other PrEMs of Leading/Participating Units.
Representing Alstom Project Engineering: In front of customers to provide an overview of design progress, issues and risks. For detailed technical discussions, PrEM must delegate to the right person (TSE, Expert…) who will provide him/her with Minutes of the Meeting. In front of partners, in case of consortium: the PrEM ensures that the inputs/outputs and design reviews are delivered in-time, with the right quality level.
Providing regular reporting and performance analysis (PrEM cockpit) to his management
Defining and ensuring the execution of the Engineering Management Plan.
Managing functionally the project engineering core team (TxEs, RAMS, CV) and their secure their commitment to the project.
Providing regular updates to the workload manager on project engineering firm workload including forecasted internal and external change orders, based on inputs from the Métiers team. Challenging inputs.
Escalating staffing issues (under-staffing, competences, sub-contracting problems, under performance…) to the Métiers/SED team.

Engineering QCD Management:

Responsible for: Owning engineering work package and being accountable for it.

Following and updates baseline on a regular basis, validating Variation Orders demands (external or internal) requested by project, quoting them with involvement from metiers, and updating engineering work package accordingly, ensuring proper traceability.
Approving, as a member of CCB, applicable modifications on product, and updating QCD accordingly. TSE remains responsible for applicable configuration.
Managing the Global Scheduling Convergence, with the support of Engineering Planning Manager.
Managing the Operational Quality in order to improve Project execution, with the support of Engineering Quality Manager: Planning necessary Design Reviews, checking mandatory attendees are invited, making sure they are performed on-time and issues are opened in PSLI. Animating Engineering issues of Project Single List of Issues and being responsible for having C1/C2 issues closed in time. Is responsible for engineering points within DFQ Gate Review checklists, provides PM/SSM/PrEM Manager with his prognostic and takes necessary actions to mitigate a No Go risk.

Risks & Savings

Responsible for : Managing Engineering risks mitigation and savings action plans:

Providing PM/SSM with all inputs to update RAMP/SAMP
Updating Engineering workpackage accordingly
Managing, communicating and escalating on critical paths linked to Engineering: To Métiers Managers / PrEM Manager / Site Engineering Director for internal Engineering issues To PM/SSM when other entities are involved


Knowledge & Experience:

Engineer profile is a must.
General knowledge of the product.
Knowledge on Engineering tasks to be performed.
For big projects (( 100 000 hours), a minimum of 5 years’ experience on product development and management positions is requested.

Required skills:

Be a team-player. Drive the motivation of your team.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Strong ability to see the overall picture, so as to track the project progression within deadlines and budget.
Rigorous, well organized and stress-resistant.

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.

Job Type:​Experienced​

Job Segment: Project Manager, Product Development, Manager, Technology, Research, Management

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