Testing & Commissioning Manager

£450 - £550 per annum
25 May 2017
22 Jun 2017
Iain Donaldson
Contract Type
Full Time
1 Purpose of the Job

Crossrail will deliver a railway that is fully integrated, tested and commissioned at opening. This requires the infrastructure, rail systems, rolling stock, operational procedures and railway staff to deliver a railway that is operable, maintainable and safe, meeting all the performance criteria and other requirements set by the Sponsors. A substantial part of the infrastructure that underpins this success is being installed and commissioning by the C610 Systemwide Mainworks contract.

The C610 Test and Commissioning Manager (C610 T&CM) will be the prime focal point for all T&C activity between C610 and the many other parties that interface with C610, from a design, planning, safety, construction, T&C and assurance perspective. This critical, senior leadership role will be responsible for holding the C610 Main Contractor to account and ensuring that our strategic and detailed T&C plans, and corresponding reports/metrics, are in place, are robust and evolve as required over time.

1 Principal Accountabilities

* Accountable for providing technical expertise and know-how to all parties, anticipating potential issues ahead of time, providing trouble-shooting knowledge in the field.
* Review and input to major safety critical areas, eg energisation protocols, managing works adjacent to live HV through stations and in the trace, LOTO, etc.
* Input to the workstreams reviewing transition of temporary to permanent services, to ensure robust processes in place for E&B, stray currents etc.
* Review planned T&C resource levels (and type) against level 4 & 5 plans, and CommLot skylines - and then verify competence once in the field.
* Spend time on site to witness key testing hold points, and support teams with any major diagnostic fault finding challenges, injecting precious experience.
* Responsible for maintaining and issuing T&C and Handover Dashboards each period, and working with the team to ensure progress remains on track.
* Liaise with all relevant parties and act as the prime point of contact for all T&C activities for C610.

1 Main challenges of the job

* This role will involve influencing many individuals, teams and organisations that may not report directly into this T&CM role. The scope extends to the full remit of C610, including all M&E, OHLE, switch rooms, and Permanent Ventilation.
* Management and liaison with a substantial number of entities. Facilitating and coordinating the interfaces between all third parties and stakeholders.
* Soliciting, managing and interpreting large quantities of data from other third parties.
* Changing the culture and ethos from a construction job to a systems T&C job.
* Managing the contractor to perform in accordance with the requirements of the contract, including safety, schedule, cost, self-assured quality etc.
* Managing huge levels of complexity in a very fast-paced & challenging environment.

1 Person Specification

* Extensive technical knowledge and practical experience of testing, pre-commissioning and commissioning large industrial systems, preferably within the rail industry.
* Substantial knowledge of precedents in the T&C and operations areas and a broad knowledge of principles and practices of related areas.
* Broad knowledge of industry and regulatory standards and criteria pertinent to Rail T&C, maintenance, operations, and testing.
* Highly desirable to have practical experience with design, development, configuration, testing of SCADA, fieldbus, PLC, DCS system, and management of such projects.
* Demonstrated skill in leadership, collaboration and making things happen.
* Member of a relevant professional institution. Chartered Engineer preferred.
* University degree in an engineering or construction related subject.
* Proven track record of delivering substantial T&C programmes of comparable size & complexity.
* Experience working within the rail industry sector, and delivering rail systems.
* Proven ability to develop, nurture, influence and manage complex and demanding stakeholders. Evidence of personable and effective leadership style.
* Technical familiarity throughout the delivery project lifecycle.
* Evidence of high energy, collaborative, can-do attitude.
* Proven ability to develop, nurture & manage complex and demanding stakeholders.

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