Expert Solution Architecture – Operational Technology Systems and Solutions
4d ago

Job Summary

CN IT Architecture is organized in different groups of specialists, each providing architecture expertise in areas such as Solution, Telecom, Information, Security and Technology.

Solution Architects are accountable for end-to-end solutions, leveraging other architecture specialists as required.

Main Responsibilities

Solution Architecture

  • Analyze overall system issues and / or business requirements to architect effective, high-availability, mission-critical or safety sensitive solutions
  • Define high-level proposed architecture and transpose it into subsystem designs that will meet all functional and non-functional requirements.
  • The developed designs will then be elaborated by the design and development resources.

  • Create standards and best practices that ensure the systems design is maintainable, sustainable and properly documented with all the associated IP constructs
  • Create standards and best practices that ensure reliability, safety and cybersecurity standards are imbedded in the design of the sub systems
  • Work with Manager to define domain best practices and standards
  • Understand Rail subsystems Architecture in order to develop Specifications on technical Design aspects (Hardware & Software integration)
  • Design and propose enhancements and modifications to the subsystem architecture
  • When called upon, will be required to work with rail industry regulatory bodies such as FRA, Transport Canada or with other Railroads.
  • Collaborate with Enterprise Architecture, ensuring proposed solutions are aligned with enterprise guidelines, standards and patterns
  • Provide direction to and align specialized architects in project engagements by scoping, planning and reviewing their contribution to the overall architecture
  • Manage architectural risk mitigation and issue escalation
  • Modernization

  • Prepare and review the technological evolution of solutions
  • Build technology roadmap (6 18 months)
  • Leadership

  • Manage communications and drive escalation and resolution with stakeholders
  • Manage specialized architects by targeting development of the employees under the Specialist’s responsibility to either more specific specialization or broader knowledge
  • Working Conditions

    The role has standard working conditions in an office environment with a regular work week from Monday to Friday. The role requires occasional travel in North America.


  • 10 + years experience in related positions, with at least 3 years as an architect or within a system engineering role
  • Experience with full application lifecycle management
  • Education / Certification / Designation

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Engineering or equivalent degree and experience
  • Competencies

  • Excellent oral, written and presentation skills
  • Strong ability to analyze, design & document detailed designs
  • Knowledge of train control, automated train operation (ATO) environment, automated control systems, grades of automation and supervisory systems, signalling systems
  • Lead a culture of safety : take the necessary measures
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Technical Skills / Knowledge

  • Knowledge of automated train operation (ATO) situational awareness and hazard detection systems
  • Excellent knowledge of system engineering & design processes (ISO / IEC 15288 & 12207 or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of system engineering modelling and requirements management tools
  • Knowledge of railway safety engineering practices (IEC 61508, EN 50126 / IEC 62278, EN 50128 / IEC 62279 and EN 50129 / IEC 62425) or equivalent from other industries
  • Some experience with Cloud and Security Architecture
  • Strong ability to analyze, design & document detailed designs
  • Ability to provide, verify and validate work estimates
  • Proficient in documentation of complex concepts such as impact analysis, security models, performance and capacity planning, and strategic technical decision
  • Ability to have engaged discussions around the various pillars of architecture (business, application, technology, security, integration, etc.)
  • Ability to balance requirements and concerns from different stakeholders and make efficient judgement calls, providing clear rationale for decisions
  • Ability to breakdown complex concepts into digestible and actionable architectural components
  • Ability to navigate complex organizations and build collaborative cross functional relationships
  • Ability to efficiently communicate with people of varying seniority and backgrounds
  • Ability to guide and support cross functional teams ( PMs, analysts, delivery, QA, support) during projects shaping and execution
  • Autonomous and self driven, at the same time knowing when to reach out and how to provide adequate visibility
  • Capacity to engage on multiple concurrent initiatives efficiently
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