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Traction Power Systems Engineer SME (O&M)

  1. Riyadh
  1. Transportation

Traction Power Systems Engineer SME (O&M)

The SME for Traction Power Systems is a full-time role that will support the Power Systems Manager and the wider Asset & Maintenance Team in their oversight and supervision of the Operations & Maintenance (O&M) Contractors for the Riyadh Metro Project. The expertise of the Traction Power Systems SME will ensure that the Traction Power Systems used and maintained by the O&M Contractors will perform at the highest level of safety, efficiency, availability and reliability.  The performance of Traction Power Systems will be intrinsic to delivering a world-class metro service for Riyadh.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate understanding of the safety significance in the operation and maintenance of the Traction Power Systems in a railway environment and always place this safety as the highest priority. 
  • Review the O&M Contractors’ submissions for Traction Power Systems including asset and maintenance plans, procedures and work instructions.
  • Support the coordination of the O&M Contractors with the Design & Build (D&B) Contractors with respect to Traction Power Systems.
  • Oversee and report on Traction Power Systems maintenance delivery activities by O&M contractors; verify that it is being carried out safely and to the Employer’s satisfaction. 
  • Advise on the Asset Management and Maintenance Strategy relating to Traction Power Systems.
  • Monitor, audit and report Key Performance Indicators (KPI) relating to Traction Power Systems.
  • Represent the Power Systems Manager, as needed.
  • Perform other duties as directed, in support of the Asset & Maintenance Team and the project.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering (Power Systems) along with proven experience in Traction Power Systems engineering, design or maintenance.
  • Additional Traction power experience combined with alternative relevant qualifications may be considered as a substitute for bachelor’s degree requirement.
  • Membership of recognized professional bodies such as Institution of Engineering and Technology (UK) or other equivalent would be a distinct advantage.

Knowledge and Experience

  • The Candidate will ideally have a minimum of 5 years’ experience in the following areas:

  • 33 kV MV power supply networks, MV distribution substations, MV and LV switchgear;
  • 750V to 1500V DC traction power systems including traction power substations
  • AC and DC switchgear, HSCBs, transformers, rectifiers, inverters, energy regeneration, stray current protection and AC/DC control & protection devices. 

Skills and Aptitude

  • Able to work within a collaborative team that promotes sharing of knowledge and experience.
  • The Candidate must be physically capable of carrying out site visits and inspections in a railway environment, throughout the construction, testing & commissioning and operational phases of the project.
  • The candidate will have good interpersonal skills and able to communicate clearly and effectively with others through both oral and written communications.

Additional Requirements

  • The project language is English. The candidate must have excellent verbal and written English language skills.
  • Additionally, having a good command of Arabic would be a distinct advantage.

Personal Qualities

  • Highly motivated and passionate about their work 
  • Demonstrate reliability and responsibility 
  • Have good problem-solving skills through creative thinking and analysis
  • Work to tight deadlines and complete tasks.
  • Working with multiple priorities.
  • Managing project deadlines.
  • Able to work in a collaborative multicultural environment 

Rewards and Benefits
We offer an excellent package which includes

  • A competitive salary
  • Accommodation allowance
  • 21 working days annual leave, 6 day work week
  • Transportation allowance
  • Medical and life insurance cover
  • Company gratuity scheme
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Annual flight allowance to point of origin
  • Employee Well-Being Programme – 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants

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