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8907097 - Systems Design Sepcialist

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Position: System Design Specialist

Duration: Contract (6 months with potential for extension)

Rate: $42

General Mission:

  • To perform system design, signalling design, network design, analysis, modelling and simulation to specify communication based train control systems. 
  • To develop and define system design features to meet Customer requirements. 
  • To analyse and evaluate designs to verify compliance with system technical requirements. 
  • To develop and define Subsystems requirements.

The incumbent is accountable for performing the design work correctly, within cost and schedule limits, as defined in approved work packages. The work is typically defined by the Work Package Manager, then reviewed, modified and agreed with and approved by the Systems Architect and/or Manager. The System Engineer typically works with a team of engineers to define what will be designed, how it will perform and how it will be determined that it is working correctly.

Key Accountabilities: TECHNICAL

  • Converts Customer (internal and/or external) requirements into conceptual designs and prepares associated documentation by performing operational analyses, simulations and technical trade-off studies evaluating alternative design configurations and functional features.
  • Similarly creates new concepts or modifies existing concepts to fulfil customer requirements.
  • Prepares system, subsystem, and interface requirement specifications by analysing, decomposing modelling and refining customer requirements and typical train control domain requirements.
  • Prepares Operational Concept Document.
  • Performs technical/engineering tasks to define system design, subsystem requirements, application databases for software subsystems. Analysis and simulations are performed as necessary to identify design feasibility & driving requirements.
  • Prepares specialised signalling design skills, covering one or more of the following:
  • Signalling Principles;

Prepares and supports bids and proposals, including customer requirements compliance assessment, gap analysis, architecture design, simulation, trade-off of key features, estimation, etc.

  • Presents technical design and reports to customers and/or other engineering/management groups in clear, complete, concise and non-ambiguous terms.
  • Defines or proposes updates of processes and standards covering the work and its products based on the knowledge of systems engineering and/or his technical speciality.
  • Interface and build strong working relationships with Software, Hardware and IVVQ groups to ensure timely analysis and resolution of in-house and field test issue.
  • (LR8 or LR9) leading technical discussions, technical solution presentation to internal and external stakeholders


  • Supervises contractors and other systems specialists, by defining their work, coaching them on how and what to prepare, monitoring their progress and directing them on priorities.
  • Proposes work package estimates and descriptions based on the knowledge of the work and project requirements.
  • Prepare and deliver regular status reports for internal and external stakeholders
  • Identify and implement process improvement initiatives THALES GROUP INTERNAL 3 / 3 Safety:
  • Promote a safety culture where product safety is paramount
  • Ensure that safety is built into the design by early identification and resolution of safety related defects


  • Promote a safety culture where product safety is paramount
  • Ensure that safety is built into the design by early identification and resolution of safety related defects



  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in development of software-based System applications.


  • Strong application (automated train control systems) domain knowledge & Knowledge of systems engineering principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of modern software engineering practices, methods and tools.
  • Knowledge of systems development life cycle.
  • Excellent technical writing and communication skills.
  • Good marketing and presentation skills. 
  • Ability to sell/defend product to customers with differing levels of knowledge about automated systems. 
  • Strong planning and organizational skills. 
  • Experience in using DOORS, Melody advance, etc. 
  • Rail Signaling knowledge (desirable).


  •  P. Eng license is desirable
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