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Product Assurance and Safety Manager


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk
  • Grade: Junior level - A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Security and Safety
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed

Product Assurance and Safety Manager

Job Requisition ID:  18662
Date Posted:  12 May 2024
Closing Date:  2 June 2024 23:59 CET/CEST
Publication:  Internal & External
Type of Contract Permanent
Directorate:  Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality

Noordwijk, NL

Grade Band A2 - A4


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  


You will be assigned as integrated support from the Product Assurance and Safety Department to the Connectivity and Secure Communications Product Assurance and Safety Office (CSC-Q) to work in the Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications as Telecommunications Product Assurance and Safety Manager. You will report hierarchically to the Head of the CSC Product Assurance and Safety Office and functionally to the project managers of the projects you are assigned to support.


For the maintenance of professional standards, for the implementation of the ESA general Product Assurance and Safety policy and for contributions to corporate tasks, such as reviews, standardisation, alerts and lessons learned, you will report to the Head of the Product Assurance and Safety Department through the Head of the CSC Product Assurance and Safety Office.


Your specific responsibilities and duties will include:


  • guiding the definition and maintenance of the Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S) requirements baseline in compliance with the relevant requirements of the statement of work, the overall approach, which may foresee a public-private partnership with ESA and the private sector, and the ESA PA&S policy; 
  • reviewing contractors’ plans, specifications and effort proposed for the execution of the project PA&S;
  • guiding and monitoring the implementation of PA&S requirements by contractors in order to assess performance and effectiveness, participating in design and safety reviews and directing the necessary preventive or corrective actions;
  • planning, coordinating and monitoring the assigned PA&S workforce providing support to the project team;
  • representing ESA in the boards established for reviews, such as failure reviews and test reviews, and in the disposition of non-conformances and anomalies, for example;
  • guiding and monitoring the application and procurement of electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) parts, materials and processes and controlling implementation of applicable requirements;
  • ensuring the implementation of the software PA requirements baseline;
  • ensuring the preparation of design trade-offs, analyses and reports using reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) data to support project decisions;
  • monitoring the manufacturing, integration and test activities with quality assurance audits, mandatory and key inspection points, test witnessing and configuration inspections;
  • defining the formal acceptance requirements and conducting the acceptance reviews of all contractual deliverable items;
  • reviewing contractors’ PA&S analyses and safety data packages, ensuring that they are available at planned dates to support the safety review schedule, in coordination with the safety authorities; 
  • providing support for the tracking of the overall implementation of PA&S verifications;
  • supervising the performance of the contractor PA&S activities during launch, validation, operation and service, as relevant.


In the execution of these tasks, you will be supported by experts from the project team and the ESA Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of Product Assurance, Safety and Quality Management disciplines
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
Experience with the application of product assurance tools and methods
Experience in the technical domains covered by the position
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 degree in engineering is required for this post.

Additional requirements

A minimum of ten years’ experience in Product Assurance and Safety is an advantage.

* PA&S covers safety, reliability, availability, maintainability, quality assurance, components, including radiation hardening assurance, materials and processes and software product assurance.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness 
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.


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 via email at

Important Information and Disclaimer
Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.


During the recruitment process, the Agency may request applicants to undergo selection tests. Additionally, successful candidates will need to undergo basic screening before appointment, which will be conducted by an external background screening service, in compliance with the European Space Agency's security procedures.


Note that ESA is in the process of transitioning to a Matrix setup, which could lead to organisational changes affecting this position.


The information published on ESA’s careers website regarding working conditions is correct at the time of publication. It is not intended to be exhaustive and may not address all questions you would have. 


Nationality and Languages 
Please note that applications can only be 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*. 

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.  
*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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