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Product Assurance and Safety Engineer


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Security and Safety
  • Closing Date: Closed


Product Assurance and Safety Engineer

Job Requisition ID:  18172
Closing Date:  7 December 2023 23:59 CET/CEST
Establishment:  ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Directorate:  Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality
Publication:  Internal & External
Vacancy Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  16 November 2023


Vacancy in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.


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 A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  


You will be assigned as Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S) Engineer in the Product Assurance Management Section, Quality, Dependability and PA Support Division, Product Assurance and Safety Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality. 

The Section provides functional support to ESA projects in different programme directorates and to technology development activities. It is also responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of product assurance and safety engineering and management programmes. It carries out technological research and development (R&D) in PA&S management, techniques, methodologies and tools. It collaborates on standardisation and training activities.


You will report to the Head of Section and, within the above technical fields, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

•    providing expert support to ESA projects, programmes and technology development programme activities in the area of PA&S engineering and management; 
•    preparing and implementing general and project-specific programmatic and technical requirements based on the applicable product and quality assurance baseline;
•    supporting the monitoring and reporting of suppliers’ PA&S programme execution to ensure compliance with applicable requirements. This may include auditing activities;
•    contributing to management and technical boards with respect to the execution and review of a project’s PA&S programme; 
•    defining, initiating and managing R&D activities (in product and quality assurance, requirements, techniques, methodologies and tools) covering long- and short-term needs;
•    supporting the establishment and implementation of standards and best practices in the product and quality assurance field; 
•    contributing to and, at the line management’s request, participating in the Directorate’s competence domains; 
•    supporting the implementation of the configuration management system under ESA projects; 
•    monitoring applicable scientific/technological trends, maintaining state-of-the-art expertise; 
•    contributing to the dissemination of the results of activities performed and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency. 

Duties may also include providing support for other activities within your area of competence.

Technical competencies

Experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
Experience with Space Quality Standards and their preparation and implementation

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation 
Operational Efficiency 
Fostering Cooperation 
Relationship Management 
Continuous Improvement 
Forward Thinking


A master’s in an engineering discipline is required.

Additional requirements

Solid experience in the technical areas covered by the position. 
Experience in configuration management, quality auditing or assessor certification would be considered an asset. 
You must be eligible for security clearance by your national security administration.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

For further information please visit: Professionals, What we offer and FAQ   


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.     

Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations.

Applicants must be eligible for security clearance by their national security administrations.

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 email


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. 


In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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