Project Engineer (PET), (P4)

IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

Vienna, Austria

Main Purpose

As a team member reporting to the Team Leader, the 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 well specified system requirements, interface definitions, and statements of work for all subsystems. The incumbent also provides requirements verification, validation, integration and testing input to the project team.


The Project Engineer is: (1) a systems engineer who reviews the systems designs for complex facilities, and advises teams on integration issues that must be addressed, (2) a project coordinator, initiating, planning, executing and controlling agreed work; (3) a liaison among teams within the Department, as well as with external partners, for the allocation of appropriate resources, and (4) a coordinator of the various technical services and activities within these facilities.

Functions/Key Results Expected

In general, the Project Engineer contributes to the programmatic goals of the Section. The incumbent’s primary responsibility is to ensure that all subsystems are completed, commissioned, and integrated in a timely manner in order to minimize ‘start-up’ delays for new facilities. To do so, the incumbent manages and/or contributes to the systems design and integration for specific implementation projects. The incumbent will be involved in close technical coordination between multiple technical teams throughout the all phases of the project. Successful execution of this responsibility will lead to an optimization of inspection and technical effort throughout the lifecycle of newly Safeguarded facilities, and minimize necessity for rework.

The Project Engineer, using the knowledge, skills and abilities he or she brings to this position:

  • Acts as SGTS Project Coordinator for selected projects, in order to manage these projects effectively from inception to delivery;
  • Works with Operations to properly define project goals for new facilities, and to propose the initial SGTS composition of the project team (i.e. technical experts for specific functions/subsystems);
  • Identifies project resources and requirements, and coordinates activities with designated project team members to ensure successful completion of the project;
  • Participates substantially in the development of conceptual system level designs for complex safeguard systems, and acts as a Peer Reviewer on subsystem detailed designs developed by under the direction of designated Subject Matter Expert teams;
  • Ensures that best engineering and documentation practices are being followed;
  • Catalogues all infrastructure requirements for the subsystems, provide reports on this for transmission to the facility operator, and track any changes in the requirements;
  • Oversees the planning for, and implementation of, activities needed to integrate all subsystems of the project;
  • Ensures that effective communications are maintained between team members of the project team, and between the project team and outside service providers;
  • Monitors project activity, and provide timely consolidated reports to senior management as well as to the project team;
  • Supports the development of a project Risk Registry, and work with project subsystem leads to minimize risk to the project;
  • Champions the use of additional external and internal resources, as needed, in order to ensure the overall project remain on schedule, and to ensure efficient integration of the project subsystems;
  • Assures the initial performance of the integrated system meets the defined requirements, and ensure all needed corrective actions are performed;
  • Ensures proper closeout practices are followed by all project team members. This would include the development of system documentation, maintenance plans, and training materials for both end users and designated maintenance staff;
  • Implements, throughout the life of the project, proper Quality Assurance practices.

Competencies and Expertise

Core Competencies

  • 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;
  • 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.

Qualifications, Experience and Language skills

  • Master's Degree - Advanced University degree, preferably in Physics, Nuclear Engineering or Electrical Engineering;
  • At least 7 years of working experience on technical projects, including significant experience in both Systems Engineering and Project Management;
  • Familiarity with project management principles as described by PRINCE2 or PMI is required, and certification a benefit;
  • Experienced in the use of Project Management tools is required, and in the use of Syst4ems Engineering tools for requirements management is an advantage;
  • A clear understanding of the principle of International Safeguards, preferably with experience in Safeguards Implementation at the State or International level;
  • Demonstrated experience with the integration of multiple instrumentation/sensors into a system is required;
  • Proven ability to interface with external entities to coordinate project issues is required;
  • Excellent knowledge of both spoken and written English is essential. Knowledge of any other official IAEA language (i.e. Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish or Russian) and/or German is an advantage;
  • Excellent oral and written command of English. Knowledge of other official IAEA languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) is an asset.

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