Specialist Safety Solution

March 6 2024
Industries Goods transportation, Warehousing
Categories Health, Security, Disability,
Montreal, QC • Full time

At CN, we work together to move our company—and North America—forward. Be part of our Information & Technology (I&T) team, a critical piece of the engine that keeps us in motion. From enterprise architecture to operational technology, our teams use the agile methodology to automate and digitize our railroad ensuring our operations run optimally and safely and our employees can focus on value-added tasks. You will be able to develop your skills and career in our close-knit, safety-focused culture working together as ONE TEAM. The careers we offer are meaningful because the work we do matters. Join us!

Job Summary

The Specialist Safety Solution will deal with incorporating system safety principles into the design, integration, testing, operation and maintenance of railroad operational systems.

The fundamental purpose of the Specialist System Safety Engineering is to enable CN to demonstrate that safety assurance principles are incorporated into all activities through the lifecycle of a safety sensitive system. This person understands the business goals, architecture and operation of a system and the related safety implications and is able to define the processes, techniques and requirements needed to help ensure that CN systems are designed, operated and maintained with acceptable levels of safety.

Responsibility 1

· Oversee the approach, scoping, definition, planning and delivery of the system safety engineering needs of a new system/program.

Responsibility 2

· Apply System Safety Engineering analysis techniques to support project needs and set requirements for projects. Ex. (Fault Trees, Hazard Analysis, Safety Cases, FMEA, BowTie analysis, etc).

Responsibility 3

· Perform operational safety activities including categorizing, assessing or investigating safety events, interface with operational teams (both technical and in the field) and CN’s corporate Safety Management System activities to support daily decision making related to CN’s system safety needs.

Responsibility 5

· Coach, train or mentor on System Safety Engineering techniques, represent CN in industry committees or professional organizations and guide CN’s vendors in support of CN's Safety Agenda


· Bachelor of Engineering or Computer Science or better (Electrical, Mechanical or Industrial preferred)


· Knowledge of Safety Engineering standards MIL and CENELEC. Specific experience with MIL-STD-882 and EN5012X

· Knowledge of analysis techniques such as Fault Tree Analysis (FTA), Functional Hazard Analysis (FHA), System/Subsystem Hazard Analysis (SHA) and CENELEC/MIL Standards for Risk Assessment and Safety Case definition

· Knowledge of reliability techniques such as FMECA/FMEA and associated standards.

  • Knowledge of Safety Management Systems (SMS), FRACAS and risk management techniques;

· Knowledge of European and/or Canadian Safety Management System (SMS) policy, procedures and framework. As well as supporting techniques such as BowTie analysis

· Knowledge of project scoping, planning and fundamental project management techniques

· Knowledge of Electrical and Mechanical systems and Hardware and Software design

· Knowledge or railway operations, railway suppliers and general business fundamentals.


· At least 3-5 Years experience in System Safety Engineering Techniques

· Experience in Safety Management Systems and Risk Management Techniques

Experience in railroad operations, railroad suppliers or related businesses

About CN

CN is a world-class transportation leader and trade-enabler. Essential to the economy, to the customers, and to the communities it serves, CN safely transports more than 300 million tons of natural resources, manufactured products, and finished goods throughout North America every year. As the only railroad connecting Canada’s Eastern and Western coasts with the Southern tip of the U.S. through a 19,500 mile rail network, CN and its affiliates have been contributing to community prosperity and sustainable trade since 1919. CN is committed to programs supporting social responsibility and environmental stewardship. At CN, we work as ONE TEAM, focused on safety, sustainability and our customers, providing operational and supply chain excellence to deliver results.

For internal candidates, note that the grade level of the position will depend on the employee's experience.

At CN, we are dedicated to building North America’s safest, most inclusive and sustainable railroad, which includes reflecting the communities in which we operate. Research shows that candidates from underrepresented groups often don’t apply unless they feel they fit the job posting at 100%. Even if you don’t see yourself in every job requirement listed in a posting, we still encourage you to apply. If you require an accommodation for the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials, accessible meeting rooms or other accommodations), please reach out to our team at cnrecruitment@cn.ca.

As an equal employment opportunity employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, and other protected status as required by applicable law. We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only candidates under consideration will be contacted. Please monitor your email on a regular basis, as communication is primarily made through email.

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