Avis d’appel à candidature : Agence Spatiale Européenne(ASE) recrute un(e) Chef(fe) de la section d’ingénierie des systèmes au Pays-Bas.







The Head of the System Engineering Section will be deployed in the EGNOS and SBAS Division and will report to the Head of Division. If selected for this position, you will be primarily responsible for the management of the mission and system engineering activities throughout the Division for all projects, including EGNOS and ASECNA. You will lead the project system engineering team of more than ten staff and will work in a matrix organisation in support of several projects.


Leading the EGNOS system engineering activities to support the definition of the next generation of EGNOS (EGNOS Next) and other SBAS R&D activities, including:

procurement and management of industrial activities in the framework of the GNSS Evolution and R&D programmes (H2020/Horizon Europe/NAVISP), including preparation of the report inputs to be submitted  to PB-NAV;
Definition of the system test beds and management of the procurement of associated activities necessary to experiment with new algorithms and new technologies;
Support to the Navigation Strategy and Programme Department in the field of SBAS infrastructure roadmaps and for the programme work plan and proposals.

Leading the EGNOS system engineering activities of the programme performed under the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) FFPA Contribution Agreement, including:

–    management of the SBAS-related mission requirements interface with the European Commission/EUSPA MRD CCB* and associated flowdown to system requirements;
–    management of the EGNOS system requirements files (System Requirement Document (SRD), System Security Requirement Document (SSRD)  ), compliance with mission and security requirements associated requirements management processes and tools;
–    management of all system engineering activities related to EGNOS system design definition and justification and maintenance of the associated files;
–    management of all activities related to EGNOS performance compliance, justification and qualification of compliance and maintenance of the associated performance budgets;
–    definition and management of industrial system engineering activities;
–    management of the development and qualification of system design and performance engineering tools used within the Division and by industry;
–    management of the SBAS international standards and associated compliance activities, including the co-secretariat of the SBAS Interoperability Working Group;
–    supporting EUSPA in the execution of the EGNOS V2 project in ESA’s role as Design Authority with regard to system design and performances;
–    reporting progress to EUSPA in the quarterly implementation reports;
–    support to the change control process and boards in place to control EGNOS evolutions;

  • leading the EGNOS system engineering activities for the support to the ASECNA project;
  • coordinating with other sections within the Division (Development and IVQ, PA and Safety & Security, interface with EUSPA);
  • maintaining and developing the cooperation established with CNES and other national agencies (e.g. DLR, UKSA) in associated national navigation projects supporting the definition of future EGNOS and SBAS  systems;
  • supporting other engineering activities of the Directorate as appropriate;
  • planning and managing resources (staff, functional support, contractors) as necessary to perform the Section’s tasks and to fulfil its objectives.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of large-scale, complex ground and space system architecture, including performances, design, interfaces and protocols
Knowledge of the SBAS mission and standards
Systems engineering of software systems.


A master’s degree in telecommunications or electronic engineering is required.

Additional requirements

A solid background in satellite navigation systems, notably in navigation ground systems architecture, is required, together with at least ten years of work experience in these fields.

An understanding of the political and programmatic context linked to global SBAS development is desirable.

Experience in the procurement of industrial activities and in safety-critical software and real-time software development and verification is a distinct advantage.

Experience in mission and system requirements analysis, system design, development and qualification, and procurement preparation and implementation (preparation of technical requirements and statement of work, negotiation with industry, implementation of technical follow up, acceptance and qualification reviews, etc.) is required.

Fluency in English is required; excellent knowledge of French is highly desirable.

You should have good interpersonal and communication skills. You should be able to work autonomously, effectively and cooperatively in a diverse and international team environment and define and implement solutions in line with team and individual objectives and project deadlines. Five years of experience in people management is required.

You should also have good analytical, organisational and reporting skills, with a proactive attitude to solving problems.

You must be eligible for security clearance from your national security administration.

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