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Software Product Assurance Engineer

Noordwijk-Binnen (Netherlands)

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk-Binnen (Netherlands)
  • Grade: A2/A4 - Grade band - Mid level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
  • Closing Date: 2020-03-30

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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.

Software Product Assurance Engineer

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

ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands  


Software Product Assurance Engineer, in the Software Product Assurance 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 and is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of SW PA expertise and standards. It carries out technological research (R&D) in the fields of SW PA requirements, techniques, methodologies and tools. It also collaborates on standardisation and training activities.


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

• providing expert technical support and consultancy to ESA projects, which includes involvement in projects’ major reviews and when applicable boards and panels;

• supporting projects in monitoring contractor SW PA programme execution to ensure compliance with SW PA requirements established for them;

• preparing and implementing general programmatic and technical SW PA requirements aligned with Agency standards and specifications;

• establishing project-specific programmatic and technical SW PA requirements based on the ESA PA baseline                                                                                                                                                   

• supporting projects in evaluating contractor documentation and efforts proposed for the execution of SW PA programmes;

• supporting projects in monitoring contractor SW PA programme execution to ensure compliance with SW PA requirements established for them;

• evaluating proposed concepts, designs and operations for compliance with defined SW PA requirements, this to include performing associated audits;

• defining, initiating and managing R&D activities (SW PA requirements, techniques, methodologies, tools) covering long-/short-term needs;

• supporting and at the line management’s request participating in the Directorate’s competence domain activities;

• auditing contractors and their in-house standards for compliance with ESA requirements, assessing the maturity of their software processes;

• liaising with related engineering and PA specialists for overlapping fields of activity;

• monitoring applicable scientific/technological trends, maintaining state-

of the art expertise.

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
Project support experience in a relevant domain
Experience with the application of SW product assurance tools and methods
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
Customer Focus
Problem Solving
Results Orientation
Planning & Organisation

A Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in computer science, mathematics or software engineering is required.

Additional requirements

Experience in at least three of the following areas: software product assurance in critical real-time applications, software engineering, software configuration management, dependability assessment of software intensive systems, software development and maintenance, software process assessment and auditing.
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.     

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 30 March 2020.

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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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