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Industrial Policy Officer

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Political Affairs
    • Sustainable trade and development
  • Closing Date: 2022-12-15

Vacancy in the Directorate of Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement.


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.


This is a non-renewable post for a limited duration of 4 years and is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands 



Reporting to the Head of the Industrial Policy and Space Economy Division, you will help foster dialogue with ESA Member States’ industry to systematically build up our knowledge of European industry and markets and deliver industrial policy services to Member States’ delegations and industry, as well as to ESA’s programme directorates.



Your responsibilities will include:

  • fostering dialogue with industry, including by supporting the organisation of high-level meetings with industry;
  • contributing, as Country Desk Officer for specific Member States, to the Observatory for Countries Capabilities and Industrial Policy Task Forces in close cooperation with the Member States concerned and their industry, performing analyses and assessments of their industrial capacities and development opportunities, as well as proposing and implementing measures for Member States with structural return imbalances;
  • assessing the economic impact of space activities, notably by developing market studies;
  • contributing to the definition of the Agency’s industrial policy and return objectives and to the related proposals for their evolution, in cooperation with the Industrial Return and Analytics Office and programme directorates, as well as ensuring their efficient implementation across all programmes and activities, including by proactively managing industrial policy objectives in ESA programmes;
  • contributing to industrial policy-related aspects in the preparation and evaluation of the procurement of activities in close cooperation with the programme and supporting directorates.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of the ESA institutional framework, policies and/or programmes
Experience in industrial policy matters
Knowledge of Europe's space industry
Overview of global space economy
Knowledge of economic/market analysis methods

Behavioural competencies

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



A Master's degree or equivalent qualification in business, finance, engineering or economics or similar is required.

Other information

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

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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.


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 at


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, 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 or balanced 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 conducted by an external background screening service. 


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.

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States. ​

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