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Moonlight Navigation Manager

European Space Agency


Posted 3 weeks ago

Join the forefront of lunar exploration as a Moonlight Navigation Manager with ESA and shape the future of moon-based navigation infrastructure


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Harwell, GB

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is at the cutting edge of space exploration, and the Moonlight Navigation Manager plays a pivotal role in the lunar exploration journey. ESA is dedicated to creating groundbreaking satellite navigation systems that support lunar missions, contributing to human spaceflight and robotic exploration of the Moon.

Role Summary:

  • Oversee the navigation component of the Moonlight programme, ensuring it meets cost, schedule, and technical objectives.
  • Represent D/NAV in the Moonlight Joint Management Team, coordinating overall programme activities.
  • Work within the Moonlight Programme Team to achieve navigation mission service requirements aligned with lunar market needs.
  • Manage the Moonlight/LCNS Partnership Project's navigation functions and infrastructure.
  • Promote Moonlight navigation services and contribute to international lunar navigation agreements.
  • Lead the development of Lunar Pathfinder navigation experiments and IoT campaigns.
  • Ensure safety and health risk management within the area of responsibility.

Role Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline.
  • Experience in space systems engineering and satellite navigation projects.
  • Demonstrated project management skills, including risk and schedule management.
  • Strategic thinking with the ability to link project objectives to organizational goals.
  • Leadership and excellent communication skills, with potential to manage teams.
  • Problem-solving, planning, and organizational abilities.
  • Result-oriented with a focus on customer satisfaction.
  • Experience in international settings and various functional areas is beneficial.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, encouraging diversity and inclusiveness. Applications from all qualified candidates, especially women and individuals with disabilities, are welcomed. If you require assistance during the recruitment process, ESA is ready to support you. Fluency in English or French is necessary, and knowledge of another Member State language is a plus.

Moonlight Navigation Manager, Moonlight Navigation Office, Future Navigation Department, Directorate of Navigation (D/NAV). Under the direct authority of the Head of the Future Navigation Department, as Moonlight Navigation Manager, you will be responsible for all navigation-related aspects of the Moonlight programme’s activities aimed toward the development of a dedicated lunar-based communication and navigation infrastructure and the provision of the associated lunar services.

You will ensure the satisfactory implementation of the navigation component of the Moonlight programme in accordance with the defined cost, schedule and technical objectives. You will be represent the Directorate of Navigation on the Moonlight Joint Management Team (JMT) in charge of managing the overall Moonlight programme activities in accordance with the Programme Declaration and ESA rules. You will be integrated into the Moonlight Programme Team, reporting to the Moonlight Programme Manager on a day-to-day basis.

Your tasks and responsibilities will include: ensuring the adequate definition and necessary adaptations of the Moonlight navigation mission service requirements in accordance with lunar market and institutional mission needs; the definition, consolidation and monitoring of the Moonlight programmatic assumptions in respect of costs, schedule and risks for the navigation component and for the associated reporting to and dialogue with PB-NAV; maintaining the coherence of and compliance between the navigation mission objectives of the Moonlight programme and the Moonlight project implementation; ensuring close coordination with all D/NAV integrated staff in the Moonlight Integrated Project Team and the adequate implementation of all of the navigation functions and infrastructure of the Moonlight/LCNS Partnership Project (LCNS PP) industrial contract; ensuring full coherence between the Moonlight/LCNS PP development and all relevant programmatic external dependencies for all navigation-related aspects; promoting and supporting the use of Moonlight navigation services within ESA and by other international partners and contributing to the consolidation of international agreements with other partner agencies concerning the Moonlight programme, notably in respect of lunar navigation-related aspects; leading ESA contributions to the consolidation of lunar communication and navigation interoperability standards in close coordination with NASA and relevant international standardisation bodies; coordinating all additional ESA lunar navigation-related R&D activities within ESA, ensuring full coherence with the Moonlight programme and the defined ESA lunar navigation roadmap and supporting the definition of the annual Moonlight Technology Workplan and the regular activation of co-funded activities on products, ensuring adequate coverage of navigation technologies and products; leading Lunar Pathfinder navigation payload experiment development and integration, as well as the definition and execution of the IoT experimentation campaign, also contributing, as part of the Moonlight Joint Management Team, to the decision items concerning the Lunar Pathfinder mission with a programmatic impact on the navigation payload experiment.

You will also be responsible for identifying, assessing, managing and reporting the health and safety risks in your area of responsibility. Technical competencies Experience in space systems engineering with a systems orientation and an end-to-end view of satellite navigation projects Technical knowledge of global navigation satellite systems Multidisciplinary knowledge of your area of responsibility, including experience in technical cooperation with international partners Experience in project management, including ESA and industrial cost, risk management and schedule aspects Ability to provide strategic direction and to relate project objectives to the overall, evolving organisational goals and context Behavioural competencies Result Orientation Operational Efficiency Fostering Cooperation Relationship Management Continuous Improvement Forward Thinking Education A master’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline is required for this post. Additional requirements You should, in addition, have: the potential to manage individuals or a team of experts in a project setting; the ability to organise individual and team activities and ensure a motivating work environment; strong leadership capabilities, with proven relationship management and communication skills; the ability to drive your team’s performance, developing your people by encouraging learning, delegating responsibility and giving regular and constructive feedback; strong problem-solving skills to deal with day-to-day operational challenges, together with demonstrated planning and organisational skills; a strong result orientation with the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions both orally and in writing; the ability to manage challenging situations proactively and constructively and to be customer-focused. 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. Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness 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. 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 via email at [email removed - click apply for more details] . Important Information and Disclaimer In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level. During the recruitment process, the Agency may request applicants to undergo selection tests. Additionally, successful candidates will need to undergo basic screening before appointment, which will be conducted by an external background screening service, in compliance with the European Space Agency's security procedures. Note that ESA is in the process of transitioning to a Matrix setup, which could lead to organisational changes affecting this position. The information published on ESA’s careers website regarding working conditions is correct at the time of publication. It is not intended to be exhaustive and may not address all questions you would have. Nationality and Languages Please note that applications can only be 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 *. 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. *Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.


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