EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY
Head of the LEO-PNT Project
Job Req ID: 17506
Closing Date: 24 May 2023 23:59 CET/CEST
Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Directorate: Directorate of Navigation
Publication: Internal & External
Vacancy Type: Permanent
Date Posted: 3 May 2023
Vacancy in the Directorate of Navigation.
ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.
This post is classified A5 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.
ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
You will report to the Head of the Future Navigation Department and will be responsible for the implementation of the LEO PNT project (a component of the FutureNAV programme) in accordance with its Declaration, Implementing Rules and technical objectives and within the agreed cost and schedule objectives.
Your tasks and responsibilities will include:
- consolidation and monitoring of the programmatic assumptions (costs, schedule and risks);
- preparation of the ITT/RFQ package for industry, as well as the preparation and organisation of the TEB;
- negotiation of Phase B/C/D/E contracts and contract management;
- the design, development, manufacturing and testing of the space segment and relevant ground segment;
- the overall mission-specific system integration and pre-launch verification activities;
- execution of launch and early commissioning activities;
- monitoring of the initial years of operations for satellite on-board performance and issues;
- collection and management of the operational and exploitation data;
- assessment of the mission objectives, lessons learned and recommendations for follow-up improvements;
- preparation of the subsequent operational phase, either with institutional or commercial entities.
You will also be responsible for identifying, assessing, managing and reporting the health and safety risks in your area of responsibility.
Background in space engineering with a systems orientation and an end-to-end view of satellite navigation projects
Multidisciplinary knowledge of your area of responsibility
Project management, including ESA and industrial cost and schedule aspects
Knowledge of and experience in project risk management
Knowledge of other technical domains with interfaces to your own area of responsibility
Knowledge of Space system development and PA standards
Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes
A master's degree in a relevant engineering or scientific discipline is required for this post.
In addition, you should have:
- strong leadership capabilities, with proven experience of leading, motivating and developing a project team, encouraging continuous learning, delegating responsibility and giving regular and constructive feedback;
- the ability to provide strategic direction to the individuals and teams within the project and relate team objectives to the overall and evolving organisational goals and context;
- the ability to organise a project team’s activities and ensure a healthy and productive work environment;
- proven relationship management and communication skills, both verbal and written, with a proven track record of representing the Agency’s interests to external interfaces;
- strong problem-solving skills to deal with day-to-day operational challenges, together with demonstrated planning and organisational skills and the ability to anticipate problems;
- the ability to manage challenging situations proactively and constructively and to be customer-focused;
- a strong result orientation with the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions, both orally and in writing;
- the ability to reach solution-oriented, pragmatic and timely decisions of a high standard and a high level of integrity, as well as the capacity to support others (team members, senior management and other stakeholders) in this process;
- international experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities;
- experience in managing complex space projects.
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework
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The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required.
Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.
The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.
At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at email@example.com
Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States*.
In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service.
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