Subject Matter Expert Train Control Systems – California High-Speed Rail

Location: Sacramento, USA

Contract Types: Long Term Assignment

Closing Date: 21 September 2019

Salary: Competitive w/ amazing benefits!

Hours: 40

Subject Matter Expert Train Control Systems – California High-Speed Rail

Job Purpose

Work as part of the integrated High-Speed Rail Systems Engineering project team, providing technical specialist support and input for system performance specification, costing, system compliance and approval, construction, acceptance, maintenance and operation of train control systems and equipment.

Key Accountabilities

  1. Working as part of the integrated High-Speed Rail Systems Engineering project team to deliver a high - speed rail system which meets the business requirements established by the California High-Speed Rail Authority.
  2. Interpret business requirements and develop performance requirements for the Rail Systems specification in compliance with statute, system design, national and international standards and best industry practice.
  3. Provide advice and guidance on development within the Rail Systems industry so that systems specification remains at the forefront of industry in terms of safety, technology and performance.
  4. Provide specialist technical guidance and support to the system integration and interfaces between rail systems and other works.
  5. As discipline lead for Train Control, provide technical support to others within the High-Speed Rail Systems project team and to others within the wider project team, to ensure that specialist advice is available as required.
  6. Establish technical content for train control system requirements and standards for the project.
  7. Update Design Criteria Manual chapters relating to train control for incorporation into future contracts.
  8. Review, as directed, the overall safety, performance and compatibility of project designs and provide structured feedback and comment where necessary.
  9. Participate in, or lead, audits against requirements, process, contract or law as required.
  10. Participate in, or lead, technical investigations and audits into systems and equipment failure, or malfunction, as directed.
  11. As required participate or lead activities required for the acceptance of products to deliver the Rail Systems performance requirements.
  12. Contribute to the development of project requests for proposal (RFPs) and to the evaluation of proposals from contractors/subcontractors.
  13. Monitor contractual commitments to check that work is being performed in accordance with specifications, drawings and terms of contract.

Key Performance Indicators

  • Attendance and active contribution to High-Speed Rail Systems Engineering project team meetings.
  • Development and acceptance of appropriate technical content and strategies.
  • Compliance with procedural and legislative requirements.
  • Effective communication of technical content and strategies.
  • Tasks and projects are completed within prescribed timeframes and budgets.
  • Contractors/subcontractors complete deliverables as per the contract.

Job Skills, Experience and Qualifications


  • Strong background in train control systems – ideally within a railway environment.
  • Strong railway system background with knowledge and understanding of the interfaces between different elements that make up a high-speed railway.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Plan and deliver appropriate systems to understand future demand, emerging technologies and areas for improvement.
  • Manage third parties so that service levels are met.
  • Knowledge of relevant legislation, industry and company standards.
  • Incorporated Engineer working towards Chartered status.
  • Engineering management experience involving technical and business risk assessment.
  • Relevant professional qualifications.


  • Chartered Engineer.
  • Membership of a professional body.
  • High-Speed Rail experience.
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