Project Engineer (21504)

With responsibility for construction projects, facility services and building management as well as language services, Principal Directorate, General Administration (PD44) plays a leading role in the preservation of and investment in the Office's patrimony. It is entrusted with planning and overseeing priority building works, ensuring compliance with health and safety standards and reducing the Office's environmental footprint. It breathes life into the new ways of working concept by shaping the working environments for staff.


PD General Administration's Technical Services teams are responsible for all building-related operational activities (notably mechanics, electronics and HVAC), ensuring that the technical installations benefit from scrupulous supervision of modernisation projects. 


Your background and proven expertise in project engineering will add critical skills and bring profound technical knowledge to our team and help us improve building maintenance. 


Join us now! 


With us you will: 

  • manage several building-related mechanical and electrical projects, from feasibility study to EPO operational services handover 
  • manage several external engineering groups to ensure proper planning and design processes 
  • ensure a proper transition from building projects to daily operations 
  • run and continuously develop an EPO-wide documentation management system for our buildings 
  • ensure technical compliance of EPO building documentation with applicable regulations and best practices by monitoring technology and making proposals where appropriate 
  • manage relationships with internal stakeholders, experts and local authorities 
  • develop projects while applying the latest market standards in engineering and design 
  • perform quality checks, control costs and timelines, and validate incoming project-related invoices
  • collaborate across EPO services to ensure delivery of high-level projects, and contribute to reaching the CO2 neutrality target by 2030 


Apply if you have: 

  • relevant experience in a building-related engineering and project management function
  • a building management qualification 
  • relevant experience in building-related project management
  • in-depth understanding of the technical infrastructure and equipment of large office buildings 
  • in-depth understanding of the technical documentation of large office buildings 
  • an understanding of contractual agreements and the respective legal consequences relevant for building administration 
  • experience in monitoring and steering external supplier performance 
  • good analytical and communication skills 
  • knowledge of Revit and building management systems 
  • a "can-do" attitude and eagerness to continuously learn about new building management developments
  • the ability to evaluate vendor offers in a structured manner 


Our minimum requirements for this post

  • Diploma of completed studies at master's level or – in exceptional cases – equivalent professional experience
  • Generally, an excellent knowledge (at least C1) of one official language (English, French and German) and ability to understand the other two; alternatively, excellent knowledge (at least C1) of at least one official language (in such cases, the willingness to learn the missing language(s) and to reach level B2 within a set time frame would be required)
  • Citizenship of one of the member states of the European Patent Organisation




The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of qualifications, competencies, professional experience and language knowledge, supplemented as appropriate by interviews, tests and/or a personality questionnaire.
A reserve list may be constituted, should more candidates than required at this time be considered suitable following the selection procedure. Such reserve lists are valid for 18 months and reserve list candidates may be contacted, should a vacancy with substantially the same profile arise during that period.
More information on how we recruit can be found on our EPO jobs and careers site.



Key information

Job group: 4

Grade: G7 to G10 (net basic) monthly salary* for this vacancy: EUR 6 459 to 9 364, depending on experinece and location)

Duration of appointment: five years

Career path: Technical 

Location: The Hague/Munich 

Application deadline: 09.06.2023

Interviews planned for: 26.06.2023 - 07.07.2023


* after deduction of EPO-internal tax and before deduction of staff contributions to the social security and pension schemes.





We welcome all applications for vacant positions. We consider each on its professional merits – regardless of your nationality, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion or belief.



Why join us?
✓ Be part of the EPO`s transformation and enable innovation
✓ Work with inspiring people from a variety of cultures
✓ Develop yourself and take on an intellectual challenge

What's in it for you?
✓ A competitive salary
✓ Family-friendly benefits
✓ A good work-life balance
✓ Generous flexibility options 
✓ Relocation benefits and various allowances
✓ Contributory medical insurance and pension schemes
✓ 30 days' leave per year
✓ Free gym access
✓ Social activities and clubs

Who we are
We are the patent office for Europe. We are proud to deliver high-quality patents and efficient services that foster innovation, competitiveness and economic growth.

Our vision
We will empower and motivate our staff to set worldwide standards in intellectual property. Our Office will be effective and transparent, respond to the needs of our users and be agile in managing the changing demands and conditions of a dynamic global patent system. Our work will contribute to a safer, smarter and more sustainable world.

Our values
All our relationships within our Office and with partners around the world will prosper through trust, fairness, mutual respect, adaptability, collaboration and a commitment to excellence.

Our work environment
We believe that diversity is fundamental to our success. Our inclusive work environment respects, values and celebrates our individual differences. We want you to be yourself at work.Join us on this exciting journey to a more digital, collaborative and sustainable organisation.

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