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Head of Galileo System Security Implementation Unit


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk
  • Grade: Junior level - A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Physics and Mathematics
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Security and Safety
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: 2024-08-21

Head of Galileo System Security Implementation Unit

Job Requisition ID:  18750
Date Posted:  1 July 2024
Closing Date:  21 August 2024 23:59 CET/CEST
Publication:  Internal & External
Type of Contract Permanent
Directorate:  Navigation

Noordwijk, NL

Grade Band A2 - A4


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  


Head of Galileo System Security Implementation Unit in the Galileo System Security Service, Galileo Project Office, Galileo Programme Department, Directorate of Navigation.
The Galileo System Security Service is in charge of security-related activities for the Galileo core infrastructure, including end-to-end system security engineering, the design and development of Galileo public regulated service (PRS) infrastructure, security accreditation and cyber security.
The Galileo System Security Implementation Unit is responsible for segment security requirements implementation and the system security qualification of the Galileo core infrastructure.


You will report to the Head of the Galileo System Security Service and your main tasks and responsibilities will involve:


  • monitoring the correct implementation of the system security requirements at all levels (i.e. Component, Element, Segment);
  • providing dedicated support to the Ground Segment Procurement Office (NAV-PT) and the Space Segment Procurement Office (NAV-PS) in the areas of segment security engineering, qualification and procurement of security-related infrastructure;
  • supporting the procurement of security equipment on board satellites and within the ground segments;
  • maintaining the technical (functional, performance and operational) security requirements, applicable to the procurement of the overall system infrastructure, namely the space and ground segments, ensuring their overall traceability;
  • coordinating the segment review for security aspects;
  • providing dedicated support to the Galileo System AIV and Deployment service (NAV-PGD), in the areas of system security activities, performing the system qualification of the system security requirements;
  • performing the system verification of classified functions and requirements, including execution of system test campaigns and close follow-up of the segment-level test campaigns;
  • contributing to the definition of the migration strategy for each system build and its associated system deployment plan;
  • supporting the exploitation CCBs for the system in operation implementing the ESA role of System Design Authority;
  • handling the procurement and maintenance/evolution of the Security Chain Test Bench and Galileo System Filling Device;
  • managing the team, ensuring a positive and motivating working environment, distributing and assigning tasks to the team members, monitoring and managing performance and providing timely and regular feedback to the team and to the Head of the Galileo System Security Service.


Your duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence and the transfer of knowledge across the Agency.
You will also be responsible for identifying, assessing, managing and reporting the health and safety risks in your area of responsibility.

Technical competencies

Background and substantial experience (5 years minimum) in the technical domains covered by the position
Strong expertise in System engineering principles and processes, in particular for Security engineering Design, development, deployment and testing of complex secure systems
Knowledge of the Galileo system and its ground segment architecture
Knowledge in System security accreditation process and component certification
Experience of working in a matrix structure

Behavioural competencies

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


A master's degree in security engineering or a related discipline is required for this post.

Additional requirements

  • The potential to manage individuals or a team in a project;
  • The ability to organise their activities and ensure a motivating work environment;
  • Strong leadership capabilities, with proven relationship management and communication skills;
  • The ability to drive your team’s performance, developing your people by encouraging learning, delegating responsibility and giving regular and constructive feedback;
  • Strong problem-solving skills to deal with day-to-day operational challenges, together with demonstrated planning and organisational skills;
  • Strong results orientation with the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions both orally and in writing;
  • The ability to manage challenging situations proactively and constructively and to be customer focused.

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.

People management experience would be an asset, as would international experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities.

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 to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations and 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. 

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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