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Commercial EO System Engineer


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Frascati
  • Grade: Junior level - A2 - Grade band
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Engineering
    • Sustainable trade and development
    • Sustainable Business Development
  • Closing Date: Closed


Commercial EO System Engineer

Job Req ID:  17633
Closing Date:  7 June 2023 23:59 CET/CEST
Establishment:  ESRIN, Frascati, Italy
Directorate:  Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes
Publication:  Internal & External
Vacancy Type:  Fixed-Term
Date Posted:  17 May 2023

Vacancy in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.


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 four years and is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESRIN, Frascati, Italy 


Commercial EO System Engineer in the Invest Office of the ɸ-lab Division, Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes (EOP).


You will work within the ɸ-lab Division and will report to the Head of the Φ-lab Invest office (EOP-S8I). You will be responsible for providing technical, commercial and programmatic support in assessing and managing co- funded activities for commercial Earth observation (EO), in particular within the InCubed (Investing in Industrial Innovation) Earth Watch programme element. You are a technical professional with (industrial) experience in EO space systems and applications and additional expertise in evaluating commercial, financial and investment information, typically for the purpose of supporting entrepreneurial initiatives.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:


  • preparing, evaluating and overseeing innovative and commercially oriented development activities executed by industry and research organisations of ESA Member States for the InCubed programme in all elements of the EO value chain;
  • stimulating and supporting the development of NewSpace solutions for EO;
  • facilitating high-risk and high-potential developments based on co-funding and other financial risk mitigation arrangements, including VCs;
  • ensuring that running activities meet the InCubed commercial and technical criteria and that development priorities are set accordingly;
  • identifying and reporting to EOP line management in a timely manner any risks and opportunities in the assigned activities;
  • critically reviewing the results of the activities from a system engineering and commercial point of view and proactively promoting successful achievements;
  • facilitating synergies with ecosystem stakeholders such as InCubed alumni, other ESA programmes, private and public investors, end users and customers;
  • prospecting for and evaluating emerging technologies, methodologies and techniques relevant for space/ground/user segments of NewSpace EO systems in cooperation with other EOP units, ensuring coordination of EO technology developments;
  • liaising with counterparts in other ESA directorates, such as the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality (D/TEC) and the Directorate of Commercialisation, Industry and Competitiveness (D/ CIC), to maximise the overall coherence of ESA activities and to promote and position InCubed within the space sector.

Technical competencies

Understanding of "NewSpace" technologies, approach, and markets (engineering and commercial view)
Experience in managing and monitoring co-funded activities
Experience in business development and/or analysis, preferably in commercial space sector
Good understanding of commercial and financial data
Knowledge and relevant background of either EO Applications or EO Space Systems and technologies (sensors, onboard data handling, data acquisition and distribution, data processing)
Experience in project management with strong ability to identify and manage opportunities and risks
Basic knowledge of ESA procurement processes

Behavioural competencies

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


A master’s degree in engineering, physics or data science, preferably with further education in business development or management, for example a Master of Business Administration, is required for this post.

Additional requirements

You should have a strong background in Earth observation, with at least five years of direct experience in the space industry.


Knowledge of artificial intelligence applied to EO data and relevant hardware architectures, for example for onboard solutions, is considered an asset. 

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 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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