European Space Agency (ESA)

Telecommunication Product Engineer-

European Space Agency (ESA)

Job Description


Vacancy in the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.


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.


ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom  



Telecommunication Product Engineer in the Ground Segment Section, Technologies and Products Division, Telecom Technologies, Product and Systems Department, Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications.


If selected for this position, reporting to the Head of the Ground Segment Section, you will be responsible for managing telecommunication ground segment development activities. 
Your tasks and responsibilities will include:
•    initiating, monitoring and controlling, in collaboration with the Procurement Department and other relevant ESA departments, development activities for the satellite communication market which are funded under the ARTES Core Competitiveness and Strategic Programme Line programmes;
•    reporting regularly on the progress, status, schedule and outcome of managed activities, including realistic forecasting of milestone -completion dates;
•    identifying and defining needs for future satellite Communication Systems and services;
•    supervising the implementation of the development activities in line with their programmatic objectives and coordinating the required expert Technical Support provided by other ESA organisational units (e.g. Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality);.
•    supporting satellite communication projects implemented in the Directorate when required;
•    coordinating with external stakeholders as required.

Technical Competencies

Experience in supervising technology and product development activities carried out by industry for satellite communication applications Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes Knowledge of the ground segment satcom market and system architectures.

Behavioural competencies

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


A master's degree in a relevant engineering discipline is required for this post.


Additional requirements

Direct experience of working with a commercial and governmental satellite telecommunications organisation and European industry.
An in-depth understanding of operating within a programmatic framework would be a distinct advantage.
Strong negotiation skills and contract/subcontract management experience.

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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