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Head of the Industrial Policy Section

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: Junior level - A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


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


ESA Headquarters, Paris, France or ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands



If selected for this position, reporting to the Head of the Industrial Policy and Space Economy Division, you will contribute to defining the Agency’s industrial policy and related proposals for its implementation and evolution. You will be responsible for maintaining and further developing the close dialogue with ESA’s industrial space partners and related organisations, as well as with Member States, to foster the coordination of industrial development.


If selected for this position, your responsibilities will include:

  • leading and managing the industrial policy team in close coordination with the rest of the Division, Department and Directorate;
  • maintaining close relations with all Member States regarding industrial policy, in particular the coherence of ESA’s industrial policy with national policies;
  • fostering dialogue with industry through, inter alia, the organisation of the Director General’s bilateral meetings with industry and the implementation of the High-Level Forum and the Midcaps Forum, and by acting as the focal point for relations with Eurospace and other industrial organisations;
  • managing and implementing both the Observatory of Countries Capabilities and Industrial Policy Task Forces in close cooperation with the Member States concerned and their industries, performing analyses and assessments of their industrial capacities and development opportunities and proposing and implementing measures for Member States with structural return imbalances;
  • contributing to the definition of the Agency’s industrial policy and return objectives and to the relevant proposals for evolution in cooperation with the Geo-return and Analytics Office and Programme Directorates and ensuring their efficient implementation across all programmes and activities, including through proactive management of the industrial policy objectives in ESA programmes;
  • contributing to procurement and industrial policy aspects in project plans, programme proposals, programme declarations and implementing rules in close cooperation with the programmes and supporting directorates;
  • contributing to the development of the supplier evaluation process in close cooperation with the programmes 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 the global space economy
Knowledge of economic and econometric research methods

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


A ’master’s degree in business, finance, engineering or economics or similar is required.

Additional requirements

As this is a managerial position, additional competencies include:

  • strong leadership capabilities;
  • effective communication skills, both orally and in writing;
  • the ability to drive your team’s performance and develop your team by encouraging learning and development;
  • delegating responsibility and giving regular and constructive feedback;
  • strong problem-solving skills to deal with day-to-day operational challenges;
  • in connection with result orientation, the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions;
  • the ability to manage challenging situations proactively and constructively;
  • experience with working in and managing international teams.


Several years of people management experience is an asset, as is international experience, i.e. outside your homecountry, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities.

Other information

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