Infrastructure Section Manager for Site Asset Management (SCE-SAM-IN-2024-64-LD)

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Job Description


Are you an experienced engineer, looking to lead the section in charge of operating CERN’s tertiary infrastructure? Join CERN’s Site and Civil Engineering (SCE) Department. Take part!

You will lead the Infrastructure Section (IN), within the Site Asset Management (SAM) Group, and contribute your skills to the design, operation, maintenance, consolidation and construction of HVAC, electrical and sanitary installations for buildings on CERN sites.


As Section Leader of the Infrastructure Section (SCE-SAM-IN), you will:

  • Lead a team composed of qualified engineers and technicians in the mechanical, electrical and HVAC domains (approximately 17 Members of the Personnel). This includes coordinating with different team members, stakeholders, and external partners and contractors as necessary.
  • Manage the daily operation of technical infrastructures of tertiary buildings (~300), in view of achieving the highest level of safety and availability.
  • Present results, updates, and recommendations in a clear and compelling manner of projects carried out by the Section.
  • Provide technical support to the rest of the SAM Group and the SCE Department to ensure that technical solutions are optimized in terms of cost, efficiency, and quality while complying with relevant standards and regulations.
  • Oversee the team’s development efforts to identify and explore new sustainable technologies applicable to buildings’ infrastructure. This may involve collaborating with manufacturers, contractors, and other industry partners.
  • Represent the section in relevant technical and management meetings, working groups, projects and committees.


Master's degree or equivalent relevant experience in the field of mechanical or fluids engineering or a related field.


You have demonstrated experience in leading and/or coordinating the design and construction works on technical infrastructures in tertiary buildings and directing their daily operation. In addition, you have experience in supervising and managing a team in this domain of activity.

The following will be considered as an asset:

  • Experience working with international and multi-cultural teams.
  • Experience with sustainable buildings, incorporating for example low energy HVAC systems and renewable energy systems.
  • Experience with Autocad and Revit or equivalent.
  • Experience with EU regulations, especially electrical process and regulation: bMS (Building management Systems), ISO 50001, French RE2020 regulation and Swiss SIA standard.

Technical competencies:

  • Knowledge of building construction, consolidation and renovation;
  • Maintenance management;
  • Organisation, planning and control;
  • Team management;
  • Knowledge of HVAC and electrical installations in tertiary and industrial buildings.

Behavioural competencies:

  • Setting direction: coordinating activities and focusing team on goals and objectives; monitoring progress of team towards agreed goals and taking corrective action when needed.
  • Bringing the best out of people: regularly holding development discussions with staff; investing time in assisting and coaching staff to enhance performance and achieve goals; encouraging ideas and initiatives from others; fostering collaboration and team cohesion.
  • Communicating effectively: expressing opinions, ideas and suggestions with conviction and in a logical/structured manner; keeping to the point; delivering presentations in a structured and clear way; adjusting style and content to the audience; responding calmly and confidently to questions.
  • Solving problems: producing workable and timely solutions that meet requirements; identifying, defining and assessing problems, taking action to address them.
  • Working in the interest of the Organization: behaving consistently with CERN's values and goals; focusing on the broader picture; being able to set aside individual or team needs in the interest of the Organization.

Language skills:

Spoken and written English or French: ability to understand and speak the other language in professional contexts. Ability to draw-up technical specifications and/or scientific reports and to make oral presentations in at least one of the two languages.

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 June 11th 2024 at 23:59 CEST.

Employment Conditions

Contract type: Limited duration contract (3 years). Subject to certain conditions, holders of limited-duration contracts may apply for an indefinite position.

These functions require:

  • Work in Radiation Areas.
  • Interventions in underground installations.
  • A valid driving licence.
  • Work during nights, Sundays and official holidays, when required by the needs of the Organization.
  • Stand-by duty, when required by the needs of the Organization.

Job grade: 6-7

Job reference: SCE-SAM-IN-2024-64-LD

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