PEPR NumPEx - Exascale computing - Agile Program Manager H/F

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The French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) is a key player in research, development and innovation in four main areas :
• defence and security,
• nuclear energy (fission and fusion),
• technological research for industry,
• fundamental research in the physical sciences and life sciences.

Drawing on its widely acknowledged expertise, and thanks to its 16000 technicians, engineers, researchers and staff, the CEA actively participates in collaborative projects with a large number of academic and industrial partners.

The CEA is established in ten centers spread throughout France



Division description

As part of CEA's mission, the Fundamental Research Division defines and implements fundamental research programs (physics, chemistry, biology/health, climate and environment). Its mission is to :
-Contribute to the development of knowledge at the highest international level, and to its transfer to industry;
-design and implement scientific and technological platforms
-Participate in the management or governance of major international and national facilities (TGIR), and manage cooperative ventures with research institutes.

Description de l'unité

IRFU, Institut de Recherche sur les Lois Fondamentales de l'Univers, is a CEA Paris Saclay institute dedicated to experimental research in fundamental physics. Every day, some 600 physicists, engineers and technicians are involved in international research projects in particle physics, astrophysics and nuclear physics on platforms as varied as particle physics accelerators, space missions and telescopes.

Position description


Mathematics, information, scientific, software


Fixed-term contract

Job title

PEPR NumPEx - Exascale computing - Agile Program Manager H/F

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Job description

The PEPR (Programme et Equipements Prioritaires de Recherche) NumPEx (Numérique haute Performance pour l'Exascale) program, financed by the French government's PIA (Plan d'Investissement d'Avenir), is led by CEA, INRIA and CNRS. The scientific objectives of PEPR NumPEx are :
·      The development of innovative methods and software tools for future exascale machines, and new methodological approaches combining HPC, HPDA and AI.
·      The creation of an engineering community to bridge the gap between digital research and large-scale applications.
This will be achieved by integrating research developments from the NumPEx program into application demonstrators covering major application fields such as astrophysics, particle physics, climatology/meteorology, plasma physics, materials physics, healthcare and engineering.The NumPEx program articulates five projects: Exa-Ma (algorithms, math libraries), Exa-Soft (programming and execution environments, resilience and energy efficiency), Exa-Dost (in-situ data reduction and analysis, aggregated storage and I/O), Exa-AToW (wide area-workflows, data logistics, security and access policies across the digital continuum), Exa-DI (application-driven software co-design and co-development, software integration and packaging, integrated software development kits).
To implement co-design and co-development processes across NumPEx, Exa-DI will create a national software development and engineering team (researchers and engineers) with multiple expertise bridging the gap between digital research and computational science and engineering (CSE) applications.

In this context, Exa-DI is seeking a high-motivated Project Manager/Release Train Engineer (RTE) with Agile knowledge to embrace responsibilities over a national software development and engineering team (researchers and engineers).
Essential Job Duties
As the Program Manager/Release Train Engineer (RTE), you will facilitate the Agile Release Train (ART) processes and program execution in a Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), escalate impediments, manage risk, and help drive program-level continuous improvement. You are responsible for facilitating program-level work within the SAFe and coordinating with all teams across NumPEx contributing to the Agile Exa-DI co-development projects.

Others responsibilities
·       Plan, facilitate and support Scrum of Scrum meetings, stand-ups, and other meetings where needed (Planning, Retrospective, Review/Demo & Adapt).
·       Act as SAFe facilitator/coach at the ExaDIP Program level, and provide guidance in Agile, Scrum, and SAFe, and lead Agile delivery teams to deliver value consistently.
·       Serve as an expert on Agile software principles to the Exa-DI projects’ team members.
·       Work with leadership to identify opportunities for process improvement to reduce waste or inefficiency in workflows.
·       Identify risks that could affect the project’s success and develop plans for mitiga

Applicant Profile

Required Education and Experience

·       Master or PhD degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or related discipline.

·       Experience working in scaled Agile environment, and with project management technologies.

·       Exposure to Python, C/C++, Fortran.

 Proven track record of working collaboratively with different project stakeholders, including technical teams.

·       Practical problem solving and strategic thinking skills, critical thinker, and self-starter.

·       Ability to work in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a view on the strategic direction and being as detailed as needed.

·       Demonstrated ability to work successfully with demanding schedule constraints and technically challenging programs.

·       Communication skills with different publics, including presentations, negotiations, and written reports

·       Strong mentoring skills and highly self-motivated.

 - responsibilities, as project manager, for software development within the framework of major research projects

- hierarchical management responsibilities.


Preferred qualifications

·       Experience working as Product Manager, RTE or Scrum Master in a scaled Agile environment with a minimum of teams.

·       Scaled Agile certifications (SPC).

·       Experience in scientific software development methodologies for high-performance computational science and engineering applications.


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