Electrical Project Manager (EN-EL-EPM-2022-160-LD)

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Company Description

At CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. Using the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments, they study the basic constituents of matter - fundamental particles that are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives physicists clues about how particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Find out more on http://home.cern.

Job Description


The Engineering Department (EN) pushes back the limits of technology so that physicists can carry out their research. Within the Electrical Engineering (EL) group of the EN department, you will join the section of the Electrical Project Management (EPM), which is responsible for the management of projects related to the consolidation and upgrade of CERN’s electrical transmission and distribution network within the group.

Are you an experienced electrical engineer looking for a new challenge in projects ranging from high voltage networks to low voltage installations? Then your skills could contribute to the operation, maintenance, consolidation and extension of the complex electrical transmission and distribution network of CERN, dedicated to a unique laboratory hosting some of the world’s most complex technical installations. Join CERN’s Electrical Engineering team. Take part!


As an Electrical Engineer in the Electrical Project Management (EPM) section, you will actively take part in section projects mainly covering the extension, consolidation and the renovation of the electrical network at CERN, as well as CERN’s electrical transmission and distribution projects for the future.

You will:

  • Manage projects on the existing electrical high and low voltage network, including multidisciplinary activities such as civil engineering, cooling and ventilation, IT systems;
  • Define the requirements with the stakeholders;
  • Carry out conceptual design phase work, leading the development work needed to validate concepts up to the drafting of the conceptual design specifications and reports;
  • Coordinate the study of the project as well as the detailed design, collaborating with resources within CERN or with external companies;
  • Manage tendering process from companies qualification to contract adjudication;
  • Coordinate the execution of projects, from supply of material to onsite installation up to commissioning and handover to the operation and maintenance teams;
  • Define and manage project scope, planning, budget, risks, opportunities, and report to the management on a regular basis;
  • Contribute to the development of the group in terms of technology, innovation, methods and procedures, and contribute to the medium-long term studies of CERN’s electrical network;
  • Support the Group on operation activities when needed (for example: commissioning, attendance at periodic tests on the network, root cause analysis in case of major event);
  • Be part of the stand by service.


Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of Electrical Engineering or a related field.


  • Demonstrated experience in managing large electrical projects such as electrical substations or industrial installations, both high and low voltage;
  • Demonstrated experience in coordination and supervision in technical activities;
  • Experience in contract management;
  • Demonstrated knowledge of schemes and operating principles of electrical networks;
  • A demonstrated strong theoretical and practical knowledge of high voltage and low voltage equipment.
  • Knowledge of design, operation and maintenance of photovoltaic power plants and associated standards and regulations will be considered an asset

Technical competencies:

  • Project management
  • Contract management
  • Design, construction, test and commissioning of high voltage and low voltage electrical systems and networks;
  • Development and validation of conceptual design, investigating solutions for the future;
  • Leading added-value technical reviews.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Managing Self: working well autonomously; taking on activities and tasks without prompting
  • Solving Problems: assimilating large quantities of information, identifying key issues and formulating conclusions clearly and concisely. Identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them
  • Achieving Results: delivering high quality work on time and fulfilling expectations
  • Working in Teams: building and maintaining constructive and effective work relationships
  • Communicating Effectively: utilising effective negotiation techniques to achieve long-term results acceptable to all parties involved Listening actively to others and letting others speak

Language skills:

Fluent spoken and written English, with an undertaking to quickly acquire to understand and speak French in professional contexts.

Additional Information

Eligibility and closing date:

Diversity has been an integral part of CERN's mission since its foundation and is an established value of the Organization. Employing a diverse workforce is central to our success. We welcome applications from all Member States and Associate Member States.

This vacancy will be filled as soon as possible, and applications should normally reach us no later than 11.07.2023.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (5 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Participation in a regular stand-by duty, including nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence is required.
  • Shift work, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: EN-EL-EPM-2022-160-LD

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