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Standardisation Engineer

Noordwijk-Binnen (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk-Binnen (Netherlands)
  • Grade: A2/A4 - Grade band - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
  • Closing Date: 2020-05-15

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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. Applications from women are encouraged.

Standardisation Engineer

This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands  


Standardisation Engineer in the Requirements & Standards Section, Reliability & Quality Division, Product Assurance & Safety Department, Directorate of Technology, Engineering & Quality. The Section provides engineering and administrative support to the Agency's European Cooperation for Space Standardisation (ECSS standardisation activities and its European Space Components Coordination (ESCC) components standardisation and qualification programme.

The Section is responsible for the following:

  • the secretariat function for the ECSS and the ESCC
  • proposing, monitoring and supporting implementation of ESA standardisation policy both internally and within the European space community
  • managing the ESCC specifications system for space components
  • qualifying and certifying components and manufacturers, publishing the ESCC Qualified Parts List (QPL), Qualified Manufacturers List (QML) and Process Capability Approval (PCA)
  • performing associated quality assurance activities including audits of manufacturers and non-conformance follow-up
  • managing the European Preferred Parts List (EPPL) and its publication
  • managing, and supported web tools

Reporting to the Head of Section and within the technical fields described above, you will perform main tasks and responsibilities which include:

  • supporting the Executive core functions covering the custody and management of ESCC and ECSS;
  • collecting, proposing and prioritising all ESA standardisation needs, external and internal, and their translation into executive work plans, with the support of ESA standardisation bodies for each ECSS and ESCC domain
  • supporting ECSS and ESCC processes and the highest-level bodies within each domain;
  • developing overall standards (including planning stages) and maintaining existing standards, including capturing and integrating feedback from the standardisation programme as a whole;
  • organising and providing the secretariat for the ECSS TA (Technical Authority) including status reporting on office activities;
  • liaising with senior partners from industry and representatives of national agencies;
  • supporting the office head in the generation of annual work plans (including verifying suitability of new work item proposals);
  • managing the evolution of LEAS (List of ESA Applicable Standards);
  • maintaining and developing standardisation infrastructures (web site, portal, shared drives);
  • supporting DOORS activities;
  • keeping the DOORS database up to standard and available, under TA/ECSS SB (Technical Authority / Steering Board) supervision;
  • supporting ESA TA representative in applying ECSS to ESA projects/programmes.
  • supporting integration of ECSS standards into the system of European norms and the associated CEN/CENELEC Joint Technical Committee;

Given the interdisciplinary nature of ESA standardisation domains, you will be expected to establish and maintain good working relationships and networks with experts and stakeholders across European industry and institutions and beyond.
Duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.

Technical competencies
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Understanding of related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape
Experience in monitoring industrial activities, including participation in reviews
Experience with space engineering and quality standards, their preparation and implementation
Hands-on laboratory experience
Component manufacturer audits
Behavioural competencies
Planning & Organisation
Problem Solving
Customer Focus
Additional requirements

Familiarity with ECSS, ESCC and US MIL standards in the domain of space projects, component procurement, manufacturer assessments and acceptance procedures following up/resolving anomalies and non-conformances.

ISO audit experience is considered an asset.


A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in electronics engineering, physics or scientific disciplines is required.

Other information

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

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.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2020.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please 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 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. 

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.

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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