Lead Software Engineer in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom

A new exciting opportunity for a Lead Software Engineer to lead a small team of permanent and contract Engineers based at Radlett in the development, introduction and support of signalling control centre products, software and processes into the UK market. This portfolio currently includes Modular Control System, Delphin, Sapphire and Automated Route Setting (MARS) along with their associated processes. The technical elements of the role includes the capturing of requirements, product and tool development and/or adaptation for the UK market, product introduction (including supporting the product acceptance process) and product support (project delivery and end customer support). The managerial aspects of the role include responsibility for delivery including Cost, Quality and Time and the management and development of staff within the team.

Role Overview

The Lead Software Engineer will play a significant role in the design, development and testing of software, typically running on a Windows operating system, that forms part of one of a number systems. The software ranges from applications featuring rich user interfaces, using WPF or WinForms, to support systems with limited user interaction and backend databases and services. The applications usually encompasses communication using industry specific protocols over UDP, TCP, RabbitMQ and/or serial(RS232/422) depending on the connected systems. As the applications are vital to the running of the UK railways the software must be designed to operate error free, 24/7, within a safety related environment.

This will include; requirements capture, specifications, code reviews, Verification and Validation support, deployment and test tools, client meetings, commissioning support and occasional site visits and contribution to processes and obsolescence resolution.

This will give the opportunity to provide solutions to intellectually challenging problems presented by the UK Rail infrastructure.

Key responsibilities

  • Lead software project teams
  • Participate in the production of software specifications, liaising with the Customer as necessary
  • Participate in the design, coding and module testing of software
  • Participate in peer reviews on software specifications, designs and source code.
  • Support the installation and commissioning of software
  • Provide support to customers of software
  • Assist with sales proposals for software projects
  • Supervise and/or Liaise with Contractors, Technicians and System Testers
  • Ensure all the above are performed in compliance with prevailing standards and procedures for quality and configuration management
  • Support submissions to Safety Cases
  • Conduct Design Reviews
  • To comply with Corporate & Environment, Health & Safety requirements at all times

Essential Requirements

  • A background in software development with specific experience developing Windows applications
  • Familiar with Visual Studio 2017+
  • Experience in using WPF
  • Experience of using SQL (MySQL/MSSQL)
  • Experience of writing reusable C# libraries
  • Experience of software versioning tools (Azure DevOps preferred)
  • Develop and undertake unit test activities
  • In depth knowledge of software development processes
  • In depth knowledge of C# (7 years+)
  • In depth knowledge of Windows Operating Systems
  • Experience developing software using UDP / TCP communications

Desirable attributes may include

  • SQL Server DBA
  • Familiar with PRISM
  • Experience with RabbitMQ

At Alstom UK and Ireland, we offer you the opportunity to unleash your potential and help drive our organisation forward. We are striving to be an employer that delivers on equality and diversity in the workplace. We do this by seeking to create an inclusive, fair and respectful environment for all our current and future employees. As a 'Disability Committed' employer, we will interview all disabled job applicants who match the essential criteria of the job description or specification.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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