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Galileo System Control Centre IVQ Engineer (2 Posts)


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Italy
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
  • Closing Date: Closed

Galileo System Control Centre IVQ Engineer (2 Posts)

Job Requisition ID:  18707
Date Posted:  27 May 2024
Closing Date:  17 June 2024 23:59 CET/CEST
Publication:  Internal & External
Type of Contract Permanent
Directorate:  Directorate of Navigation

Fucino, IT

Grade Band A2 - A4


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands with a resident assignment to Fucino, L’Aquila, Italy.


Galileo System Control Centre IVQ Engineer in the Galileo System Exploitation Unit in the Galileo System Verification and Deployment Service, Galileo Project Office, Galileo Programme Department, Directorate of Navigation. 
The Galileo teams at the European Space Agency’s Technology Centre in the Netherlands are in charge of the design, development, procurement, integration and qualification of the Galileo system, including the constellation of satellites in medium-Earth orbit and the ground segment for mission, control and security monitoring deployed at remote sites all over the world.
As part of these activities, a critical task is to ensure the execution of Galileo infrastructure development, deployment and operations at the Galileo Control Centres. To perform the tasks involved in this onsite role, you will be resident at the Galileo GCC-I Control Centre in Fucino (L’Aquila, Italy).


You will report to the Head of the Galileo System Exploitation Unit and functionally to the Head of the Galileo Ground Segment Management Service. You will be responsible for the following activities at the Galileo Control Centre in Fucino (L’Aquila, Italy):


  • coordinating the day-to-day ground segment and system IVQ (integration, verification and qualification) and deployment activities;
  • managing the on-site IVQ and deployment planning through participation at the mid term planning Meetings (MTPs) and change control boards (CCBs);
  • ensuring implementation of ground segment interfaces with satellite manufacturing and satellite AIT facilities;
  • coordinating the different reviews (including PSR, TRRs and TRBs) organised by ESA with our industrial contractors to perform the deployment and verification of the ground segment infrastructure to be installed, verified and operated at the control centres;
  • managing the ESA level deployment planning and documentation;
  • managing on-site activities with the ESA industrial contractors, the operations contractor and the hosting entity's responsibles;
  • following up the investigation and correction of incidents and anomalies during the critical deployment phases, through attendance of the relevant boards, either at segment level (internal) or resulting from system/OPS activities (external), ensuring that critical issues are solved as a top priority;
  • supporting the organisation and execution of the galileo system compatibility test campaign to ensure compatibility, before satellite launch, between the Galileo ground sites and the Galileo satellites;
  • ensuring that the system in operations upgrades are evaluated against the system design and qualification scope through active participation at the maintenance release boards, and providing active feedback to the project to ensure that the operability improvements are properly considered in the future system releases;
  • participating, as requested, in Galileo-related reviews (including QRs and CDRs) and technical evaluation boards, in particular contributing to qualification reviews, system and operations reviews;
  • contributing to ESA procurement activities (preparing ITT documents and evaluating proposals) for topics related to IVQ and deployment;
  • taking responsibility (CIC) for any crypto items delivered to the GCC and under ESA custody.


In performing these duties, you are expected to interface closely with the various Galileo project teams, the operations teams and the related industrial teams.
Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency

Technical competencies

Knowledge and experience of satellite ground navigation systems and security monitoring systems, including their operations, architecture and implementation
Experience in design, development, deployment and IVQ of complex systems
Management and monitoring of industrial activities (interfaces with industry, reviews, etc)
Knowledge of large scale complex ground and space system architecture, including interfaces, networks and protocols
Knowledge of (ESA) space systems development and verification

Behavioural competencies

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


A master's in physics, electrical or aerospace engineering or a related field is required for this post. 

Additional requirements

You must have at least five years of technical experience in a field directly related to the position. In particular, you have:
knowledge and experience of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)
knowledge of Team collaboration tools (JIRA, Confluence, or similar)
good knowledge of large-scale distributed ground segment infrastructure. 


Knowledge of GNSS technology and infrastructure would be considered an asset.

You should be able to demonstrate that you can work in a fast-paced environment and handle pressure as may typically occur in a project team. You should be result-oriented, able to set priorities, and capable of presenting practical solutions both verbally and in writing.

You should have good interpersonal and communication skills. You should have the ability to work autonomously, effectively and cooperatively in a diverse, international team environment, defining and implementing solutions in line with team and individual objectives and project deadlines. You should also have good technical, analytical, organisational and reporting skills, a proactive attitude to solving problems and an interest in innovative technologies.

You must be prepared to travel on a regular basis, as many of the activities will take place on operational sites or at the AIV factories.
You must be eligible for security clearance from your national security administration.

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
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.


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


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. 


When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates.

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.  

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