Principal Safety Assurance Engineer in Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

A new opportunity has arisen for a Principal Safety Assurance Manager based in Birmingham.

The UK Safety Assurance Team is responsible for assuring that these products and projects / schemes meet their legislative and customer requirements for safety across their operational life, from installation and commissioning through to eventual decommissioning.

Role overview

Reporting to the Alstom UK Regional Centre Safety Manager (Signalling/ADM) the Principal Safety Assurance Manager is responsible for the Engineering Safety Management of product introduction and application project / scheme delivery for Alstom SS&I. This role is corresponding to the role of PSAM as per HRM-IS-STD-053 referenced in the Signalling Safety Instruction. In addition he can act as Validator for safety deliverable as per the safety instruction definition 7.3 under the delegation of the RC Safety Manager.

Principal Safety Assurance Manager is responsible for a linked set of projects / schemes; this linkage may be based around a common technology type or a geographically common area. He leads on maintaining product approval of a technology, such as Interlocking, Control Centres or ETCS/ERTMS.

Key responsibilities

Activities are in all aspects of Engineering Safety Management including:

  • Coordinate all the Safety Assurance activities on the project / system / product. Perform Safety analysis, manage Hazard Log, review RAM, VI&T, T&C activities from a Safety perspective
  • Build the Safety Reports and the Safety Case
  • Apply the safety assurance methodologies (risk acceptance criteria, safety analysis, verification and validation) defined for the project / system / product
  • Support periodic Safety Reviews and DFQ Gate reviews in order to maintain a consistent approach with Safety Assurance
  • Defend Safety Case argumentations in front of internal (QS, Safety Assessor) and external (ISA) assessors; define and follow-up action plans to close the findings of the assessor
  • Manage (if any) the Safety Assurance Engineers involved on the project / system / product
  • Provide engineering safety assurance to large and complex application projects or product introductions as Safety Assurance Manager for the project
  • Manage the Safety Assurance activities and personnel for a series of Line of Route Projects, Technology Introduction or Discipline (such as Signalling (including Design), Interlockings, ETCS (Trackside or Train-borne) technology, Control Centres) on behalf of the UK Regional Centre Safety Manager
  • Practical Implementation of an Engineering Safety ManagementLifecycle for product introduction and large or complex projectapplications' compliance with the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment andCENELEC Standards including
    • Development of Safety Plans
    • Project hazard analysis / Safety Risk Activities (including chairing Hazard Identification activities)
    • Hazard (Log/Record) Oversight, Mitigation and Closure
    • Development of safety cases / safety justification reports
  • Strategic planning and prioritisation of Safety Assurance activities in order to meet project and product approval deadlines, including the ability to respond effectively to change
  • Provision of advice on Safety Assurance to project teams in relation to issues that may prevent a project meeting its safety requirements for commissioning or achieving safety acceptance. Such advice may arise from, attending project meetings, audits, Design Reviews and project stage and commissioning gate reviews
  • Engineering safety management liaison at all levels within Alstom SS&I (especially Project Manager, Contractor's Engineering Manager and Contractor's Responsible Engineers) and externally with customer, appropriate Assessment Bodies (such as ISA, AsBo, DeBo and NoBo), other parts of Alstom globally, as well as subcontractors and suppliers
  • Preparation of Safety Assurance inputs for Tenders and Tender evaluation
  • Acting on behalf of the Alstom UK Regional Centre Safety Manager for project and product introduction activities (Validator)

Essential Requirements

Skills:

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Able to manage own time and that of the team to meet project deadlines
  • Risk assessment skills
  • Audit Skills

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in an engineering related subject or equivalent

Experience:

  • Experience in safety engineering or safety assurance
  • Experience of railway industry practice and requirements
  • Experience in leading and managing teams
  • Experience of the safety regime within the railway industry
  • Detailed knowledge of the 'Yellow Book' and superseding documentation (including common)

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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