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System Safety Engineer

The Riyadh Metro project is a consortium led by Bechtel which includes Almabani General Contractors, Consolidated Contractors Company and Siemens.

The consortium will be responsible for the design, construction, train cars, signalling, electrification and integration of Lines 1 and 2 of the new Riyadh Metro system.

Line 1 will stretch from north to south across Riyadh, covering 24 miles (38km). It will include 22 stations and four transfer stations where it will connect with other new metro lines. Much of Line 1 will be underground.

In contrast, Line 2 will be built mostly on a raised strip in the median of the planned freeway. This line will run east to west and will extend more than 15.7 miles (25km) with 13 stations and three transfer stations.

The new lines will feature stations powered by renewable energy and fully automatic trains.

The contract is the largest engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contract in Bechtel’s history and these lines, along with four others, will form the backbone of Riyadh’s new public transportation network.


General Job Description

The purpose of the role is to support the System Safety Manager and the Civil Works JV (CWJV) Integration Team to ensure that System Safety Management requirements set by the BACS Consortium are effectively implemented in the CWJV and that robust System Safety justifications and technical assurance can be made for the Civil works, in support of the Project Safety Case.


Position Duties / Responsibilities

  • Support the preparation and development of a Design System Safety Plan and an Implementation Safety Plan for the CWJV. Implement the Plan in accordance BACS Consortium requirements.
  • Ensure that robust safety management is undertaken within the CWJV Project in accordance with the CWJV System Safety. In addition, ensure that the requirements of the JV’s Plan are communicated to all CWJV subcontractors (who are designing the railway subsystems), CWJV suppliers, and CWJV staff who have a role in managing system safety and risk in the design of the operational railway.
  • Support the specification and review of functions and characteristics of the operational railway identifying the system hazards and system assurance requirements that will need to be addressed.
  • Attending, chair and scribe (as required) Design Centre and CWJV level 2 HAZID, HAZOP, and Interface Hazard Analysis (IHA) sessions with CWJV Engineers and Designers in line with the Consortium and CWJV level processes.
  • Ensure adequate capture, description and traceability of all identified hazards, mitigations, references and hazard transfers in the CWJV hazard long.
  • In liaison with Siemens Transit Systems, CWJV Hub Engineering and subcontracted entities, support the identification of risks and mitigation measures, including system safety analysis associated with the above hazard identifications / assessments and other safety risk assessments and support ALARP justification and demonstration.
  • Support the preparation and implementation of system safety assurance documentation and requirements management processes, working closely with the Requirements Management Team, using the CWJV associated systems and processes.
  • Work closely with the subcontractors and suppliers to manage and coordinate system safety activities and deliverables.
  • Ensure that hazards at the subsystem level are managed and that closure evidence is validated before it is uploaded into the CWJV Hazard Log.
  • Identify and track safety related and safety critical inspections and tests needed to validate contract and derived safety requirements.
  • Review and accept safety related test results based on pre-defined and agreed test and acceptance criteria. Identify and support the management of any non-compliances.
  • Work closely with the CWJV Assurance team to ensure requirements are understood and objectives are met.
  • Assist the Safety Case Manager and the System Safety Manager to compile and obtain the necessary approvals for the CWJV Safety Case(s).
  • Provide support to CWJV MEP team and subcontractors to assist with implementation system safety related matters, deliverables, and validation of safety critical requirements and functionality.
  • Provide support to subcontractors for system safety related tasks / deliverables carried out during the installation, testing, and commissioning phases for various subsystems.
  • Support for the adoption and implementation of a consistent/common approach as set out in the BACS and CWJV Safety Plans for all safety related V&V activities, ensuring competent staff oversee completion of works and assurance aspects.
  • Support the flow down of system safety requirements along with the review of verification and validating information and data received from CWJV subcontracted entities.
  • Provide advice as required on safety management systems, safety requirements and processes pertinent to railway testing and commissioning, operation and maintenance.
  • Support the CWJV System Safety Manager in review of system assurance documentation in order that the required safety performance can be verified.
  • Assist the CWJV System Safety Manager with the review and acceptance of the CWJV Subsystem Safety Cases for the elements, products and systems being delivered by the CWJV subsystem designers, suppliers and contractors. The review and acceptance of the safety cases will take account of the safety argument and the safety evidence put forward incrementally, including supporting safety analyses and other supporting evidence/justifications.
  • Support CWJV response to the BACS/CTMT and Independent Safety Assessor’s (ISA) reviews & coordinate the activities to resolve and close the observations raised.
  • Provide inputs into the common project risk register, and participate in its regular review during the life of the project, as required.


Position skills:

  • The System Safety Engineer will have substantial experience in an engineering discipline including proven demonstrable experience in the preparation of Safety Cases, hazard log development, and Safety Justifications (e.g. railway, aviation or nuclear).
  • Proven experience in a safety management role with a focus on satisfying international rail safety standards such as EN 50126, EN 50128, EN 50129 & EN62267 (as a minimum).
  • Minimum electrical / mechanical engineering (or equivalent) Bachelor Degree.
  • Chartered Engineer (desirable).
  • Member of a recognized engineering institution.