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Route Movement Controller

Requisition ID:  228990


Location: Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


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The BACS consortium is responsible for the design and build of Lines 1 and 2 of the Riyadh metro network. These two lines will form part of the six-line metro system that will run for a total length of 176 kilometers across the city and includes 85 stations.

The scope of work on Lines 1 and 2 encompasses detailed structural, architectural and transit system design together with construction, testing, and commissioning of works.  Our scope also includes the procurement of all products and materials necessary to support project delivery. We are fully responsible for the design and integration of the transit systems and the civil infrastructure. Working from the Employers Requirements, the BACS consortium will manufacture, furnish, install, test and commission all components related to both the transit systems and the civil infrastructure.


Line 1 stretches from north to south through the centre of Riyadh, along the Olaya-Batha corridor, covering 38 kilometers. The line includes 22 stations and 4 transfer stations where it will connect with other new metro lines.   Much of Line 1 will be underground. Line 2 runs east to west along King Abdullah Road and will be built mostly at grade (15km) with some elevated sections. This line extends more than 25 kilometers with 13 stations and 3 transfer stations.


Job Summary:

The Route Movements Controller (RMC) will perform his duty according to the instructions provided by the BACS Senior Route Movement Controller. RMC manages tracks of both Line 1 and Line 2 and authorizes all train movements that take place on sections of the railway including the work of contractors. The work schedule will need to be managed around the priorities set forth by the BACS and under the overall direction of the Temporary Operations Manager.


The RMC will need to be trained and certified/licensed to coordinate and control all Works Trains (WT) and Rail Road Vehicle (RRV) and maintenance vehicles movements on BACS Lines 1 and 2 to and from the worksite (with the exception of Test Trains (TT) within a Test Area/Track), and to control the access, egress & movement of all personnel within the operational areas of BACS boundaries.


The RMC is based in the Depots’ Rail Movements Control Room (RMCR). At the beginning, the RMCR may not be available. The RMC may be in temporary site offices. When the SCADA will be available, he will be relocated in the RMCR.

RMC will also be responsible for managing aspects of emergency situations according to the CCRRB. All the activities shall be performed in compliance with BACS safety requirements without any derogation specifically the Construction and Commissioning Railway Rulebook.


Principal Accountabilities:

The Route Movements Controller is accountable to the Senior Route Movement Controller to:

  • Organize and coordinate site logistics activities for Works Trains (WT) and RRV (except the TT within a test area / track) movements and prepare test sites for major testing activities in coordination with the Access Planning Office.
  • Control Track Access and support the WAD and permitting process.
  • The Access Planning Office will provide the details of the route and schedule required for the RRV movements for the operations/testing and grant access permits accordingly. RMC should ensure safe operation and execution of the works on site according to the schedule of work assigned by the Access Planning Office.
  • In case unavoidable circumstances happen, which requires changes to the scheduled movement for the Train operations/testing, the RMC with the support from the HSE team and / or T&C Operation Team shall provide revised access permits promptly to avoid delays of work progress.
  • The RMC should ensure the timely dissemination and update of the Operation Notice to all concerned parties for information and reference.
  • Ensure clear and direct communication and coordination with all the Shunters, Points Coordinators, Train Drivers and Depot Train Coordinator.
  • Ensure clear and direct communication and coordination with the Lead Electrical Controller to obtain LOTO or HV isolation prior to work on a section of track according to the HV isolation LOTO procedures.
  • Review and assess the RRV and ET’s operators’ qualifications, check the level of their communication and test demonstrate their abilities.


Essential Job Duties:

  • Regulate all movements of the WT and RRV via access permits
  • Creation / implementation and respect of rules during operation,
  • Training of WT and RRV’s operators,
  • Train his team on hazards that could occur on the line (car collision, pedestrian collision, electrical shock) and how to avoid them,
  • Implement rules to ensure a good control of site,
  • Zero EHS Vision
  • Ensure safe activities as per the Work Permit process and LOTO,
  • Handle any incident, accident and recovery measures,
  • Perform any other duties assigned by the Senior Route Movement Controller
  • Maintain and develop his own level of expertise


Knowledge, Skills and Experience:

  • Railway academic qualification or as a minimum a diploma legally required to be employed as a railway movement controller.
  • 10 years’ experience in railway testing and commissioning sites.
  • 15 years minimum experience and knowledge on rail movement control.
  • Experience in Railway specifically RRV movements control or similar positions.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • RMC need to have critical thinking, strong problem-solving skills and the ability to work under extreme pressure and in emergency situations.
  • RMC must have a good memory for learning safety procedures and regulations and be able to concentrate for long periods on detailed information.
  • RMC must have a high degree of personal and decision-making autonomy.
  • Ability to extract, compile, and analyze data for complex reports
  • Ability to provide direction to other personnel
  • Health and safety oriented mind
  • Able to perform shift duties
  • Able to handle pressure in OCC environment and make operational decisions,
  • Able to work independently and instruct RRV operators, and Person in Charge of works,
  • Able to report for duty/stay when needed or during the extended or delayed T&C,
  • Able to handle incidents, accidents and implement recovery measures


Essential Company Requirements:

  • Commitment to BACS ethical standards as demonstrated by success on prior projects.
  • Commitment to BACS quality standard as demonstrated by supervisors’ evaluations of work performance.
  • Demonstrated commitment to BACS Zero Incident philosophy by prior active engagement and demonstration of ES&H leadership.
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and coach effective teams to achieve the deliverables and objectives for the BACS project.  
  • Personally, committed to respectful behaviors, building the same attitudes within the project personnel; the focus of which is to treat people with respect and dignity, listen actively; communicate in a timely and forthright manner and never undermining colleagues.

Shaping tomorrow together

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies. Together with our customers, we deliver landmark projects that foster long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, we’ve completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. We operate through four global businesses: Infrastructure; Nuclear, Security & Environmental; Oil, Gas & Chemicals; and Mining & Metals. Our company and our culture are built on more than a century of leadership and a relentless adherence to our values, the core of which are safety, quality, ethics, and integrity. These values are what we believe, what we expect, what we deliver, and what we live.

Bechtel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.