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Head of EGNOS Product Assurance and Safety Unit


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Toulouse
  • Grade: Junior level - A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Information Technology and Computer Science
    • Security and Safety
    • Mechanics and Electronics (Engineering)
    • Managerial positions
  • Closing Date: Closed


Head of EGNOS Product Assurance and Safety Unit

Job Req ID:  17215
Closing Date:  3 February 2023 23:59 CET/CEST
Establishment:  ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Directorate:  Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality
Publication:  Internal & External
Vacancy Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  13 January 2023


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. 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.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands, with resident assignment in Toulouse, France



If selected for this position, you will be assigned as integrated support from the Product Assurance and Safety Department to the Directorate of Navigation and will report to the Head of the Navigation Product Assurance and Safety Office for the specific responsibilities and duties outlined below.


For the maintenance of professional standards, the implementation of the ESA general Product Assurance and Safety (PA&S)(*) policy and for contributions to corporate tasks (e.g. reviews, standardisation, alerts, lessons learned, etc.), you will report to the Head of the Product Assurance and Safety Department through the Head of the Navigation Product Assurance and Safety Office.


Training and familiarisation with the Product Assurance and Safety Department's mandate, processes and procedures will be provided at the start of this assignment if required.


The Head of the EGNOS Product Assurance and Safety Unit is responsible for managing a team of PA&S engineers assigned to the EGNOS project. The specific responsibilities and duties of this Unit include: 


•    managing the Unit workforce with accountability for all resources and activities delegated, while also having due regard for the motivation, aspirations and professional   development of its members;
•    managing the integrated and functional support staff assigned to the Unit from the Product Assurance and Safety Department, coordinating the work of the Unit members and monitoring their performance;
•    anticipating and resolving sensitive or difficult situations, liaising with Human Resources as required;
•    establishing and maintaining the project PA&S requirements baseline for all elements of the EGNOS system in compliance with the ESA general PA&S policy and the specific standards and EU regulations (e.g. Single European Sky regulations) applicable to the EGNOS programme; 
•    reviewing contractors’ plans, specifications and effort proposed for the execution of the project PA&S programme; 
•    guiding and monitoring the implementation of PA&S requirements by contractors in order to assess performance/effectiveness, participating in design reviews and directing the necessary preventive or corrective actions;
•    representing ESA in the boards established within the project for the disposition of non-conformances, failure reviews, test reviews, etc.;
•    ensuring the implementation of the dependability and safety requirements baseline across the EGNOS project; 
•    ensuring the implementation of the software PA requirements baseline across the EGNOS project;
•    guiding and monitoring the application and procurement of EEE parts, materials and processes and controlling the implementation of applicable requirements;
•    monitoring the manufacturing, integration and test activities through quality assurance audits, mandatory and key inspection points, test witnessing and configuration inspections;
•    supporting the assessment of the qualification strategy in order to ensure the completeness and correctness of the system’s certification dossier;
•    supporting the definition of the formal acceptance requirements and conduct of acceptance reviews of all assigned contractual deliverable items;
•    ensuring the preparation of system design trade-offs, analyses and reports, using RAMS; data to support project decisions; 
•    ensuring consistency between safety and security;
•    supporting security activities as required;
•    supporting, as required, activities relating to standardisation, accreditation and certification;
•    supporting the maintenance of the NAV QMS (quality management system).


In the execution of these tasks, you will be supported by experts from the ESA Directorates of Navigation and of Technology, Engineering and Quality. 


In addition to the project responsibilities, you will support the NAV PA&S Office activities as necessary, including improvement initiatives and coordination meetings. 

Technical competencies

General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Experience in the management of PA for a large project
Experience with the application of RAMS tools and methods
Experience in supporting ESA programmes/projects and knowledge of their technical and programmatic requirements in relevant technical domains
Experience in ESA procurement processes and contract management as well as applied negotiation skills
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
Resource management experience
Experience with Space Quality Standards and their preparation and implementation

Behavioural competencies

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


A master’s degree in engineering or technical sciences is required for this post.

Additional requirements

A background in space systems is required and experience in the security domain is desirable.

A good knowledge of RAMS engineering techniques, preferably in the domain of aerospace development.

Previous management experience is an asset; otherwise, demonstrated potential for team management is required.

Candidates should have good leadership, interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to work autonomously, effectively and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment and to define and implement solutions in line with project, team and individual objectives. In addition, they should have good analytical, organisational and reporting skills, a proactive attitude to solving problems, and an interest in innovative technologies.


Security clearance from the relevant national security administration is required.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these two languages is required. Knowledge of another Member State language is an asset. 

Other information

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

For further information please visit: Professionals,What we offerand FAQ  


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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