Radio Spectrum Engineer

We’re looking to recruit a pro-active, Radio Spectrum Engineer, eager to learn and contribute to our ComReg Projects and Licensing team. Reporting to the Manager, Spectrum Licensing and Projects.

ComReg’s Market Framework Division is responsible for the regulation of Ireland’s radio spectrum. Radio spectrum is the medium over which all wireless communications (such as mobile phones, radars, radios, televisions, connected devices etc.) take place.  It is a valuable national resource underpinning important economic, social and communications activities. In 2017, ComReg released 350 MHz of radio spectrum in the 5G suitable 3.6 GHz band.

More recently, Market Framework completed the 400 MHz spectrum award for the released part of the 400 MHz band for Smart Grids and is currently considering and developing further award programmes for both commercial and non-commercial use. Market Framework also carries out key regulatory duties in respect of the broadcasting sector, manages Ireland’s national telephone numbering resource, such as streamlining non-geographic number use and to cater for burgeoning IoT needs, as well as providing technical communications network support to the broader ComReg organisation.

Team overview:

The Projects & Licensing Unit is responsible for the delivery of various projects to further the efficient use of the radio spectrum, the technical assessment of applications for spectrum rights of use and the administration of radio spectrum licences.  You will join a team of 6 people who are responsible for work items including, but not limited to:

  • Leading on certain Spectrum Operations projects to further the efficient use of the radio spectrum including but not limited to the development and implementation of non-ECS spectrum awards – e.g. the implementation of new and operation of existing license regimes through which spectrum rights of use are assigned;
  • the efficient assignment of spectrum and spectrum rights of use (including Broadcasting administration), and day to day functions for the administration of radio spectrum licences;
  • Procurement, management of contractors for specific spectrum management projects;
  • The management of a diverse range of stakeholders including licensees that depend on the licencing of spectrum in support of their business needs, policy makers, other state bodies and across the ComReg organisation;
  • Engaging with other National Administrations and international bodies at European and International fora, as appropriate, to ensure that Ireland’s interest is defended and promoted; and
  • Working closely with other units within Market Framework on all spectrum related matters.

The Job

As a Radio Spectrum Engineer, you will take responsibility for the delivery of a number of work items and projects and also the technical processing of radio licence applications as required. You will work across the following areas:

  • Manage and lead various spectrum management tasks and projects identified in the RSMSS and Spectrum Operations Unit’s work plan, engaging with third parties and stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Under the direction of the Radio Spectrum Advisor to the Commission represent ComReg at various international meetings as required.
  • Draft analysis and positions for inclusion in ComReg’s public consultation processes.
  • Procure services from third party technical and economic advisors to ComReg.
  • Manage and maintain relationships with third party advisors and vendors to ComReg.
  • Assist on other projects within the Market Framework Division more generally.
  • Work as part of a multi-disciplinary team comprising engineers, economists and legal advisors and actively participate by seeking opportunities to share knowledge and transfer skills to others.
  • Technical assessment of applications for radio spectrum licences as required, this includes actively engaging and communicating with applicants and licensees.
  • Assist on other projects within the Market Framework Division more generally.

Qualifications and Experience

Essential

  • A third-level honours degree in Telecommunications, Engineering, Physics, or similar discipline.
  • Good communication skills with the ability to understand and express views within a multi-disciplinary environment.
  • A proven ability to apply analytical and critical thinking techniques to solving problems quickly and effectively.
  • Knowledge of radiocommunication systems and radio frequency propagation…

Desirable

  • Professional work experience in the telecommunications sector.
  • Good understanding of the telecommunications market in in Ireland and internationally.
  • Experience of managing projects and/or tasks in a multi-disciplinary environment, including the scoping and delivery of such projects and/or tasks.
  • Strong written communications skills with experience in drafting documents for publication.

Core Competencies & Skills for the Role

In addition to your technical qualifications and experience, you will bring professional competencies and skills in the following core areas:

  • Analytical & Critical Thinking Objectively analyses and evaluates information in order to identify patterns between situations that are not obviously related. Develops and clearly articulates solutions to complex problems.
  • Drafting Uses a logical structure to draft documents. Communicates complex and technical information clearly and concisely. Ensures key messages are understood and have the desired impact on the target audience.
  • Decision Making & Judgement Effectively builds evidence base to support the decision-making process. Assesses alternative options. Uses judgement to adapt to specific and challenging requirements of the organisation.
  • Ownership & Accountability Applies professional ethical standards. Takes responsibility for work activities and personal actions. Follows through on commitments. Acknowledges mistakes and learns from them. Maintains effective interactions with outsourced service providers.
  • Teamwork Promotes and enhances team performance through working collaboratively and in cooperation with others to achieve goals. Interacts in a manner that builds respect and fosters trust.
  • Planning and Organising Establishes and monitors priorities, systematically differentiating between urgent, important and unimportant tasks. Plans and manages activities to consistently deliver results. Meets objectives within agreed predetermined time frames and deals with urgent operational situations expeditiously.

If you meet the criteria and are interested in applying, we would love to hear from you.

Our Package

We are offering an attractive package:

  • Salary €37,524.72 to €55,758.17 * (Pay increases will be awarded annually subject to satisfactory performance and to the terms of the Haddington Road Agreement)
  • Dublin city centre location on Luas line
  • 28 days Annual Leave per year
  • Further Education and Training Opportunities
  • Attractive pension scheme
  • Travel tax saver scheme, Access to Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Access to Employee Assistance Programme

*(entry will be ordinarily at the minimum point and the rate of remuneration may be adjusted from time to time in line with Government pay policy.)

How to Apply

Please send a comprehensive CV together with a one page cover letter – telling us what you can bring to the role – to our Careers team at careers@comreg.ie by 5pm on 16/3/20.

Check out the Recruitment section of our Careers website if you have any questions or need further information about the role or the recruitment process – /about/careers/recruitment-faq/