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Head of the Systems, Strategic Programme Lines and Technology Department

European Space Agency


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Lead the Future of Space Communication with the European Space Agency in a Pivotal Leadership Role


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Harwell, United Kingdom

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Join the European Space Agency (ESA), a beacon of innovation and diversity in space exploration and technology. ESA is dedicated to fostering an inclusive environment and actively seeks a diverse pool of talent, with a special encouragement for women to apply. As a leader in space development, ESA is committed to offering equal opportunities to all qualified individuals regardless of their background.

  • Oversee service and system-driven programmes within the Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications.
  • Manage Strategic Programme Lines and the ARTES Core Competitiveness Programme.
  • Lead the ARTES “Future Preparation” and “Preparatory Activities” along with Market Intelligence and Business Development.
  • Steer key initiatives such as the Moonlight Programme and the 5G/6G NTN Programme among others.
  • A master's degree in engineering, physics, or a related scientific field is required.
  • Demonstrated leadership in managing expert teams in project-based and R&D environments.
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to align team objectives with organisational goals.
  • Exceptional relationship management, communication, cognitive, and analytical skills.
  • Experience in international settings and diverse functional areas is highly valued.

Application Process: Open only to nationals from specific ESA member states. Pre-employment screening is part of the selection process.

We are the EUROPEAN SPACE AGENCY, an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

The role: As the Head of the Systems, Strategic Programme Lines and Technology Department, you will be reporting to the Director of Connectivity and Secure Communications (CSC). You will be responsible for the management of Service and System-driven CSC programmes within the Directorate, the management of Strategic Programmes Lines (SPLs), the management of the ARTES Core Competitiveness (CC) Programme Line, the management of the ARTES “Future Preparation” Generic Programme Line, and the management of the ARTES Partner Component A “Preparatory Activities”, as well as Market Intelligence and Business Development. You will lead the teams responsible for the Moonlight Programme, the Optical and Quantum Programme, the Safety and Security from Space Programme, the Civil Security from Space Programme, the 5G/6G NTN Programme, the Technology and Products and the Future Programmes.

Job requirements: You should have a master’s in engineering, physics or a scientific field. You should further have proven experience of leading, motivating and developing a team of experts in a project and R&D environment; the ability to provide strategic direction to the individuals and teams within the Department and to relate team objectives to the overall, evolving organisational goals and context; the ability to drive performance and foster cooperation within and across teams throughout the organisation; demonstrated excellent leadership, relationship management and communication skills, both oral and written; a proven track record of representing the Agency’s interests to external interfaces; excellent cognitive, analytical, delegation, planning and organisational skills; the ability to anticipate problems, solve complex issues and relate situations to their context; the ability to reach solution-oriented, pragmatic and timely decisions of a high standard and with integrity as well as to support others (team members, upper management, other stakeholders) in this process. People management experience is an asset, as is international experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities.

Applications details: 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. 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.


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