European Patent Office

Electrical Specialist (low-voltage safety and security installations) (10291)

Job group: 6

Grade: G2-G5 (net (basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 3 300 to 4 660).

Duration of appointment:  Five years

Career path: Technical 

Location: The Hague 

Application deadline: 30.08.2019



Directorate 4.4.1 (Buildings, Technical Installations and Property) is responsible for ensuring optimal working conditions for all staff, preparing and maintaining buildings and office space, ensuring the proper functioning of necessary technical installations and managing the supply of electricity, heat and water.


Reporting to the Head of Section Electrical Team The Hague (Dept., you will help manage the Office-wide safety and security maintenance contract, and co-ordinate with IM on the IT environment required for the safety and security installations.


Your main responsibilities  

  • Support in managing the safety and security maintenance contract:
    • co-ordinating with IM on the IT environment for the safety and security installations
    • approving the main contractor's work plan
    • performing random quality checks
    • ensuring process improvement as well as process compliance
    • ensuring compliance with the EPO's data protection guidelines 
  • Preparation and follow-up of medium-sized projects, including:
    • drafting basic designs
    • drafting technical specifications
    • performing co-ordination and planning
    • working in project teams
    • overseeing assigned works from start to finish 
  • Checking the correct functioning of the installations under your charge (monitoring, reporting, etc.):
    • access control installations
    • CCTV installations
    • pager installations
    • intercom installations
    • fire detection installations
    • emergency call installations 
  • Following up on:
    • requests or malfunctions reported via the CAFM system in relation to the above-mentioned installations
    • maintenance performed by the maintenance contractor in the above domains and providing monthly reports to the head of department on the status of maintenance and contractor performance
  • Co-ordinating and managing projects/framework contracts to defined standards and schedules upon request
  • Participating in on-call service when required


What we expect from you  

  • At least five years' proven experience in the installation and maintenance of low-voltage safety and security installations
  • Knowledge of European data protection guidelines
  • In-depth knowledge of IT data network infrastructure
  • Experience with defined processes
  • Proven knowledge of standards and building codes in the Netherlands
  • Formal qualification in electrical or IT discipline at technical secondary school level (MTS or higher)
  • Proficiency in Dutch would be an advantage


Your qualifications 

  • Completed secondary education or – in exceptional cases – equivalent professional experience
  • Working knowledge of two official languages (English, French, German)
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation.


Time frame  

It is intended to hold the interviews in week 37 in The Hague.


* after deduction of EPO internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social-security and pension schemes. The salary range depends on experience.

To foster gender diversity, EPO encourages applications from female candidates. 
The EPO is an equal opportunities employer and supports workforce diversity as a signatory to the Diversity Charter (Charta der Vielfalt) since 2010.
All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and considered on the professional merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.

About the EPO

The European Patent Office

With almost 7 000 employees, the European Patent Office (EPO) is one of the largest public service institutions in Europe. Its headquarters are in Munich and it also has offices in Berlin, Brussels, The Hague and Vienna. The EPO was founded with the aim of strengthening co-operation on patents in Europe. Through the EPO's centralised patent granting procedure, inventors are able to obtain high-quality patent protection in up to 44 countries, covering a market of some 700 million people. The EPO is also the world's leading authority in patent information and patent searching.

In 2018, the EPO received over 174 000 patent applications and granted over 127 000 patents. Its free online patent database, Espacenet, contains more than 100 million technical documents from 100 countries, and its free neural machine translation service, Patent Translate, provides instant, high-quality translation in 32 languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Russian.

What we offer

  • intellectual challenges and empowerment through professional development
  • the chance to work with inspiring people from various different cultures
  • an excellent social package
  • contributory medical-insurance and pension schemes
  • relocation benefits and various allowances (e.g. household, dependants', childcare, education, expatriation, installation and rent allowance), depending on their personal circumstances

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