Commissioners of Irish Lights - Electronic and Navigation Systems Lead (1 vacancy)


Commissioners of Irish Lights are hiring! 📢🌊

Irish Lights are currently recruiting for an Electronic and Navigation Systems Lead.

Role: Electronic and Navigation Systems Lead
Location: Irish Lights HQ, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin
Salary: €45,814 to €53,924

Closing Date for Applications: Wednesday 24th July 2024

Overview of Role

Irish Lights are seeking an Electronic and Navigation Systems Lead (ENS) to join our Coastal Operations team to be responsible for development and maintenance of our Aids to Navigation (AtoN) around the coast of Ireland.

The ENS Lead will work closely with the Lighthouse Team Leads (LTL’s), Support and Planning Manager (SPM) and the Operations Engineering Managers (OEMs) in fault analysis and rectification of critical defects and outages in the AtoN System on a day-to-day basis. They will also liaise closely with the Coastal Operations Design team and Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) team to provide key feedback to help inform future system design and performance.

The ENS Lead will be an AtoN systems and engineering specialist for Irish Lights and will lead the pre-assembly, preparation and testing of navigation system parts such as AIS, lights, Racons and for deployment on at Lighthouses and buoys. They will lead the roll out of navigation equipment in conjunction, with the Navigation, Maritime and Consenting (NMC) and ICT departments and provide onsite support to the coastal teams working on the equipment and devices.

The role requires excellent technical and analytical skills which will require the successful candidate to commit to ongoing development and upskilling to retain their high level of competency.  Financial and personal support will be provided for this continuous professional development.  

The role will be based primarily at Irish Lights’ Headquarters in Dun Laoghaire, Co Dublin but travel to coast stations will be required. 


Electronic and Navigation Systems

  • Conducting regular analysis, using monitoring data and systems, to identify any trends impacting the reliability of our AtoN systems and advising on improvements to be made to the management team.
  • Working closely with the wider Coastal Operations team to identify improvements to the systems.
  • Monitoring active alarms in AtoN Systems to ensure they are addressed before they develop into an outage.
  • Completing root cause analysis of all outages and ensuring the outcomes of all outages are fed back to design and maintenance teams to avoid reoccurrence.
  • Assist in the management and co-ordination of the maintenance of AIS equipment.
  • Provide feedback to the ICT Team in relation to performance and/or functionality of the AtoN management/monitoring systems.
  • Tracking and scheduling for planned replacement AIS and other navigation system equipment, as part of refurbishment and capital program.
  • Liaising with the Buoy Work Supervisor to ensure the management of critical spare parts stock, AIS related equipment and Racons.  
  • Acting as the escalation point for defects or issues which cannot be resolved by the coastal team. 

Testing & Preparation

  • Pre-commissioning testing of equipment in Dun Laoghaire ahead of deployment on the coast
  • Undertaking packages of work to prepare control cabinets, AIS and other electronic equipment ahead of deployment.
  • Overseeing the configuration of AIS equipment and programming, as necessary.  

General Activities

  • Prioritising upskilling on key areas such as AIS and Navigation Systems
  • Supporting development of systems documentation, training materials and specifications, where required.
  • Putting in place a continuous improvement cycle for systems, processes and policies
  • Completing work activities on time and on budget and to quality standards
  • Complying with all Health and Safety requirements including carrying out risk assessments, where required.
  • Supporting Lighthouse Team Leads, Operations Engineering Managers and Support and Planning Manager in the overall management of coast stations, when required, on complex or special projects.
  • Delivering on objectives agreed in the annual Performance and Development System.

This list is not exhaustive and duties may be re-assigned depending on personnel and other organisational change. 

Experience and Qualifications


  • Experienced electronic technician with relevant professional qualification
  • Excellent fault finding and diagnostics skills
  • Good organisational, planning and logistics skills
  • Team player with good communication (written and oral) and people skills
  • In depth ICT skills across a range of systems/packages


  • Knowledge of marine Aids to Navigation, including AIS
  • Experience with developing user guidance documents for systems and equipment.
  • Experienced at developing reports and other technical documentation
  • Knowledge of appropriate theoretical and practical methods for the analysis and solution of engineering problems 

Read the Full Candidate Briefing Pack here

How to Apply

Applications with CV and cover letter to be submitted to;

Gemma Gregan,
HR Advisor
T: +353 1 2715400

Closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday, 24 July 2024.