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Head of the Future Programmes Office

European Space Agency


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Join the forefront of aerospace innovation as the Head of the Future Programmes Office at ESA


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Noordwijk, Netherlands

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In-person- Noordwijk Netherlands

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is a beacon of innovation and diversity in the space industry, offering a unique opportunity to shape the future of global navigation. As a committed equal opportunity employer, ESA is searching for a visionary leader to join their team in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

Role Summary:

  • Lead the preparation of future navigation programmes and missions.
  • Drive research, development, and innovation initiatives within the navigation sector.
  • Coordinate new navigation technologies and conduct advanced studies across directorates.

Role Requirements:

  • A master's degree in a relevant engineering discipline.
  • Proven experience in space systems engineering.
  • Extensive knowledge of global navigation satellite systems and related technologies.
  • Background in managing procurement activities for technology development.
  • Experience with laboratory and field testing of technical equipment.
  • Ability to work cooperatively with international partners.


  • Competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
  • Commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment.

Application Details:

  • Security clearance eligibility is a must.
  • Possibility of selection tests during the application process.
  • Open to nationals from specific ESA member countries and associated states.

The European Space Agency is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We are currently seeking a Head of the Future Programmes Office, based in Noordwijk, Netherlands.

The Role: As Head of the Future Programmes Office, you will be responsible for the activities in preparation of future navigation programmes and missions. This includes the elaboration and preparation of future navigation missions, including research, development and innovation initiatives, pre-developments and cross-directorate coordination of all new navigation technologies and advanced studies.

Job Requirements: You should have a master’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline. Experience in space systems engineering with a systems orientation and an end-to-end view of satellite navigation projects is required. Deep technical knowledge of global navigation satellite systems and understanding of navigation-related technologies, R&D trends and the industrial landscape is essential. Experience in the preparation of procurement activities for technology development and innovation, experience with laboratory activities and field testing of relevant technical equipment, and experience in technical cooperation with international partners is also required.

Benefits: We offer a competitive salary and a range of benefits. We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workforce.

Application Details: Applicants must be eligible for security clearance by their national security administrations. The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests. 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.


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