Head of the Engineering Services Department at ITER

Fusion, the nuclear reaction that powers the Sun and the stars, is a promising long-term option for a sustainable, non-carbon emitting global energy supply.

The ITER Organization, based in southern France, welcomes best talents who can together prepare the way to this new energy in a truly multi-cultural work environment.

We offer challenging assignments in a wide range of areas and encourage applications from candidates with all levels of experience. Applications from under-represented ITER Members are strongly encouraged as the ITER Organization supports diversity and gender equity in the workplace.

This ambitious scientific project is held to the highest standards, and so are its employees. ITER staff put forward their best work and strive to create a work environment that is defined by the ITER values of trust, diversity and inclusiveness, loyalty, team spirit, integrity, and excellence. Each value contributes to the success of ITER, as well as to the maintenance of a supportive and efficient workplace.

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ITER (“The Way” in Latin) is one of the most ambitious energy projects in the world today.

ITER is an international, large-scale scientific collaboration intended to prove the viability of fusion as an energy source, and to collect data that will contribute substantially toward the design and operation of the subsequent first electricity-producing fusion power plants.

Thousands of engineers and scientists have contributed to the design of ITER since the idea for an international joint experiment in fusion was first launched in 1985. The ITER Members—China, the European Union, India, Japan, Korea, Russia, and the United States—are now engaged in a decades-long collaboration to build and operate the ITER experimental device, and together bring fusion to the point where a demonstration fusion reactor can be designed.

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Head of the Engineering Services Department

Saint-Paul-lez-Durance, Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
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As ITER Head of the Engineering Services Department, you will lead and manage the engineering resources, competences, and capacity to support the Director-General and Construction Project Leader of the ITER Organization to achieve the ITER Project’s objectives.
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.
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.
  • Education:
    • 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).
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