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Senior Commissioning Manager

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Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Job ID: R0044589
Date Posted: Apr 4, 2024
Segment: Green Energy & Mobility
Business Unit: Hitachi Rail
Profession (Job Category): Engineering & Science
Job Type (Experience Level): Management
Job Schedule: Full time
Remote: No

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Hitachi Rail is looking for an enthusiastic self-motivated Senior Commissioning Manager who thrives in a fast-paced environment.  The successful candidate is comfortable managing and performing a wide range of test and commissioning related activities from strategic to administrative.  The position is a key role based in Chicago, IL.

About Us:

A career at Hitachi Rail will help create a legacy. With operations in every corner of the world, our work goes to the cutting-edge of digital transformation and technology. From the multi-cultural strength of our global organization to the sustainable and innovative ways we work to bring people together, there’s something for everyone to get stuck into. And that’s where you come in.
Mission: Management of the test and commissioning phase of a large signaling project in accordance with the contract requirements.


  • Manage and plan the test and commissioning activities of a complex wayside signaling system.
  • Update as necessary a commissioning master plan and schedule based on an existing test matrix.
  • Review test plans, procedures and datasheets for correctness and completeness.
  • Integrate and develop a commissioning schedule with the client.
  • Implement locations specific cutover and migration plans.
  • Schedule local and remote resources and determine workload forecasts for commissioning activities.
  • Manage the workload and develop forecasts for commissioning activities.
  • Lead weekly Project Commissioning meetings and provide input for other project meetings.
  • Provide input in the Hazard Analyses of commissioning activities.
  • Conduct readiness review meetings to ensure pre-requisites, including approved/latest documentation, availability of supporting subsystems and personnel, are in place prior to the start of test activities.
  • Provide-value added input and assist the project manager in development of models and systems that maximizes resource efficiency.
  • During test execution, confirm compliance with local and company health and safety rules and procedures.
  • Responsible to ensure that test discrepancies, non-conformities, observations and issues are documented and reported.
  • Verify the test results are fully complete and prepared for submittal.
  • Manage use and suitability of test tools and equipment.
  • Maintain configuration control of hardware and software handed over for testing.
  • Help manage changes to the design and track closeout of related test activities.
  • Monitor and report progress of test activities and generate commissioning related  KPIs (for example:  planned vs. executed, passed vs. failed tests)
  • Prepare and submit bi-weekly reports detailing commissioning plan, delays and execution status.

Required Skills/ Knowledge:

  • Bachelor of Science or technical degree required preferably in electrical, or systems engineering.
  • 5-10 years’ experience in the design, commissioning, operations and maintenance of signaling systems of similar scope and complexity. 
  • Willing to take on multiple challenges within large-scale mass transit projects.
  • Able to read, understand and interpret signaling hardware circuit design drawings, schematics, cable plans and control line drawings.
  • Previous work in signaling transportation systems as a commissioning manager, design engineer, project engineer, system engineer/integrator a plus.


  • Bachelor’s Degree, Certification or Technical Degree Required.


  • English

In accordance with the DOT’s FRA and FTA programs, Hitachi’s substance screening program tests pre-employment candidates and current employees, as required for safety-sensitive positions.

Hitachi Rail employees enjoy a comprehensive benefits package including Competitive Pay, Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance, Short & Long Term Disability, Life & Accident Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, a Retirement Savings Plan, and Paid Vacation. We also offer a number of Work/Life Programs such as Flextime and a variety of Training and Development opportunities. 
We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those under consideration will be contacted. Join us at 
It is our commitment at Hitachi Rail to create a diverse environment and we are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status. 

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