Head of Engineering Services Department

Head of Engineering Services Department

ITER - International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor

Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, France


As ITER Head of the Engineering Services Department (ESD), you will lead and manage the engineering resources, competences, and capacity to support the Director-General (DG) and Construction Project Leader (CPL) of the ITER Organization (IO) to achieve the ITER Project’s objectives.

This includes acting as Engineering Resource Provider for the ITER Project, hence ensuring the availability and proper competence level of the engineering manpower of the organization.

This work is performed in accordance with the relevant rules and regulations of the ITER Project, and aligned with the precise technical baseline management and engineering activities requirements for assembly, installation, integrated commissioning, and operation phases.

You will represent the organization internally and externally at a senior level, modelling the “one Project – one team” spirit of the Project in a matrix organization to streamline engineering transversal functions, as well as deputizing for the DG when requested.

Key Duties, Scope, and Level of Accountability

  • Develops the strategy for overall engineering activities, in close collaboration with senior management team in accordance with Project strategy;
  • Manages capacity and provides engineering resources to the Construction Project Leader;
  • Provides effective leadership ensuring that managers and team members are motivated and constantly developing their skills and experience;
  • Develops, maintains and shares engineering expertise on ITER, jointly with DAs, to prepare for the future phases of the ITER Project;
  • Coordinates engineering support in mechanical and plant areas, defining and maintaining CAD strategy for the Project (processes, infrastructure, resources, production, collaboration with Domestic Agencies (DAs), and QA/QC) to provide services based on Project’s priorities;
  • Exercises strategic vision and sets major priorities for the IO from an engineering perspective;
  • Fosters further collaboration and integration between the IO and Members’ DAs in the spirit of “one Project – one team”;
  • Responds to emerging issues and opportunities with timely, pragmatic, and effective solutions;
  • Analyzes and alerts the DG promptly on any issues that would jeopardize the on-time accomplishment of major construction schedule milestones, scope, or impact on quality and nuclear safety requirements, while implementing appropriate risk mitigation strategies for the Project in a pragmatic and proactive manner;
  • May be required to work outside IO reference working hours, including nights, week- ends and public holidays.

Measure of Effectiveness

  • Provides solid leadership, builds up and manages the team to maximize human capital/people’s commitment to achieving the Project’s goals;
  • Manages efficiently the overall engineering resources within the defined quality, scope, cost and schedule needed to construct the ITER facility;
  • Contributes to the solution of high level technical and quality control issues;
  • Actively represents and propagates the spirit of “one Project – one team” and ensures a highly collaborative approach with the IO senior management and DAs leaders in order to manage and propel the whole ITER Project forward;
  • Prioritizes standards of performance, anticipating and solving major issues of engineering activities;
  • Models the values and vision of the ITER Project including expectations from the Code of Conduct.

Experience & Profile

Professional Experience:

  • Demonstrated engineering capacity in the field of design and construction of complex engineering facilities;
  • Proven experience at senior management level within large construction, scientific or technical projects;
  • Demonstrated experience in the implementation of a matrix organizational structure in the context of a construction project;
  • Ability to obtain and maintain French Security clearance.


  • Master’s or PhD degree or equivalent in Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Nuclear, or equivalent);
  • The required education degree may be substituted by extensive professional experience involving similar work responsibilities and/or additional training certificates in relevant domains.

Language requirements:

  • Fluent in English (written and spoken).

Technical competencies and demonstrated experience in:

  • Management of project(s) engineering resources in a matrixed organization;
  • Change and transformation including identifying, influencing, setting strategy, and leading implementation;
  • Design and construction of complex research infrastructures, preferably in the nuclear field;
  • Large construction project(s) with multi-national collaboration;
  • Inclusive leadership (maintaining healthy working environment), with a high level of headship for motivating and developing staff;
  • Creating an inclusive environment that promotes cross-functional analysis and effective decision-making so that leaders are empowered to place decision-making at the most appropriate level; Building strong partnerships and working collaboratively and positively with all stakeholders, being a force of proposal and solution-oriented to reach consensus in large nuclear, fusion, fission or highly technical projects in compliance with quality, safety, security and technical applicable standards;
  • Coordinating and overseeing complex construction projects from design to operation phases while providing effective leadership and management structures in international or intergovernmental settings;
  • High-level skills for strategic negotiations involving internal and external partners, including the ability and willingness to solicit and consider varying inputs and opinions, and to make appropriate recommendations and decisions;
  • Driving a project culture that underpins and maintains safe and secure working conditions, and enforces the highest standard of safe, healthy, and secure work practice;
  • Technical knowledge of Tokamak machine, fusion, and relevant facilities would be considered a strong advantage.

IO Core Behavioral Competencies:

  • Collaborate: Ability to facilitate dialogue with a wide variety of contributors and stakeholders;
  • Communicate effectively: Ability to adjust communication content and style to deliver messages to work effectively in a multi-cultural environment;
  • Drive results: Ability to persist in the face of challenges to meet deadlines with high standards;
  • Manage complexity: Ability to analyze multiple and diverse sources of information to understand/define problems accurately before making proposals;
  • Instill trust: Ability to apply high standards of team mindset, trust, excellence, loyalty and integrity.

Additional Behavioral Competencies:

  • Proven top-level executive managerial skills characterized by approachability, accessibility, openness/transparency, personal integrity, persuasiveness, and the charisma to inspire loyalty of his/her subordinates and reach consensus with stakeholders;
  • Courage: stepping up to address difficult issues, saying what needs to be said;
  • Decision quality and accountability: using judgment to make timely decisions to move the organization forward, holding self and others accountable to meet commitments;
  • Drive engagement, vision and purpose: creating a climate where people are motivated to do their best to help the organization achieve its objective, by painting a compelling picture of the vision and strategy that inspires others to action;
  • Organizationally savvy: maneuvering comfortably through complex policy, process, and people related organizational dynamics to remove obstacles that affect Project’s performance, move work forward, and engage teams and stakeholders at all levels;
  • Strategic mindset: seeing ahead to future possibilities and translating them into breakthrough strategies.

Apply Now

Don't forget to mention EuroEngineerJobs when applying.

Share this Job

© EuroJobsites 2023

EuroJobsites is a registered company number: 4694396 VAT number: GB 880 9055 04

Registered address: EuroJobsites Ltd, Unit 8, Kingsmill Business Park, Kingston Upon Thames, London, KT1 3GZ, United Kingdom

Newsletter | Recruit | Advertise | Privacy | Contact Us

© EuroJobsites 2023

EuroJobsites is a registered company number: 4694396 VAT number: GB 880 9055 04

Registered address: EuroJobsites Ltd, Unit 8, Kingsmill Business Park, Kingston Upon Thames, London, KT1 3GZ, United Kingdom