Systems Project Engineer (TEF) (P4)

Systems Project Engineer (TEF) (P4)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

As a team member reporting to the Team Leader, the Systems Project Engineer provides leadership and support for multiple large or complex projects. He/she acts as a main contributor, bringing both system integration and project management expertise to the Division. He/she supports the Department and Division by ensuring that such projects have: (1) approved designs articulating the selected technical components and their integration; (2) comprehensive specified system requirements and interface definitions; (3) accurate statements of work necessary for procurement of goods and/or services; (4) updated project plans to manage the timely and efficient execution of work packages.


The Systems Project Engineer is: (1) a systems engineer who develops the systems designs for complex projects meeting the operational need of Division of Operations; (2) a project manager, planning, initiating, and controlling execution of all project tasks; (3) a liaison among teams within the Department, as well as with external partners including facility operators and state regulators, for the collection of needs, design of instrumentation solutions, specification of work packages and allocation of appropriate resources; (4) a technical advisor on selection and integration of the selected technical components of the designed systems; (5) a designated inspector contributing to verifications in the field as needed and applicable.

Functions/Key Results Expected

The Systems Project Engineer manages initiation, execution and closure of complex equipment and system integration projects approved by DIR-SGTS.

In close contact with Divisions of Operations, SGTS technical teams and other project stakeholder internal and external to the IAEA, the System Project Engineer leads the development and organization of the deployment of technical solutions meeting the operational needs and in particular:

  • Analyse the operational needs of the Divisions of Operations;
  • Lead the design of conceptual solutions and confirms feasibility at the technical component level and integrated level for approval of execution of the project;
  • Provide the SGTS Subject Matter Expert teams and other involved technical teams in the department with documentation necessary for execution of the work packages and deployment of the agreed technical solutions approved by SGTS management;
  • Review the subsystem detailed designs developed by designated Subject Matter Expert teams;
  • Ensure that effective communications are maintained between the project stakeholders;
  • Establish and maintain best project management practices to ensure that the quality and performance of the integrated system meets the defined requirements;
  • Establish and maintain performance indicators enabling continuous reporting on the progress of projects under his/her portfolio.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • Communication - Communicates orally and in writing in a clear, concise and impartial manner. Takes time to listen to and understand the perspectives of others and proposes solutions;
  • Achieving Results - Takes initiative in defining realistic outputs and clarifying roles, responsibilities and expected results in the context of the Department/Division’s programme. Evaluates his/her results realistically, drawing conclusions from lessons learned;
  • Teamwork - Actively contributes to achieving team results. Supports team decisions;
  • Planning and Organizing - Plans and organizes his/her own work in support of achieving the team or Section’s priorities. Takes into account potential changes and proposes contingency plans.

Functional Competencies

  • Client orientation - Helps clients to analyse their needs. Seeks to understand service needs from the client’s perspective and ensure that the client’s standards are met;
  • Commitment to continuous process improvement - Plans and executes activities in the context of quality and risk management and identifies opportunities for process, system and structural improvement, as well as improving current practices. Analyses processes and procedures, and proposes improvements;
  • Judgement/decision making - Consults with supervisor/manager and takes decisions in full compliance with the Agency’s regulations and rules. Makes decisions reflecting best practice and professional theories and standards;
  • Technical/scientific credibility - Ensures that work is in compliance with internationally accepted professional standards and scientific methods. Provides scientifically/technically accepted information that is credible and reliable.

Required Expertise

  • Nuclear Engineering - Instrumentation and Control Systems - Expertise in designing, developing and/or implementing complex instrumentation systems;
  • Nuclear Engineering - Project Management - Expertise in managing complex projects for the design, development and/or implementation of complex instrumentation systems.

Asset Expertise

  • Safeguards - Containment and Surveillance - Expertise in technologies supporting safeguards verifications in the area of monitoring, non-destructive assay, surveillance, and containment of nuclear material;
  • Nuclear Engineering - Nuclear Fuel Cycle Facilities - Knowledge of the nuclear fuel cycle and associated facilities

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced university degree in physics, nuclear/electrical engineering or similar technical area. A degree in Business administration is an asset;
  • Bachelor's Degree - First level university degree in physics, nuclear/electrical engineering or similar technical area with 2 years of additional relevant working experience may be considered in lieu of an Advanced degree;
  • At least 7 years of working experience on technical projects, involving significant contributions in both Systems Engineering and Project Management, is required, including:
    • Demonstrated experience with conceptualization of the integration of multiple instrumentation/sensors into a system;
    • Demonstrated experience in interfacing with multiple project stakeholders;
    • Demonstrated experience in developing and maintaining high quality technical documentation supporting initiation, execution and closure of complex projects;
    • Experience in Project management applying methods, such as PRINCE2 or PMI, is an asset;
    • Experience at nuclear facilities in particular in relation with instrumentation is an asset.
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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