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Head of the ESA Security Department

European Space Agency


Posted 3 weeks ago


Join ESA's mission to secure space as the Head of the ESA Security Department and shape the future of cosmic safety and strategy


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Paris, FR

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Organisation Summary

The European Space Agency (ESA) is a bastion of aerospace excellence, coordinating the collective intelligence and resources of its member states to undertake space exploration and innovation. At the forefront of cosmic discovery and technological advancement, ESA offers an inspiring setting where your work safeguards space endeavors and contributes to humanity's understanding of the universe.

Role Summary

  • Advise the Director General on space security matters and overall security strategy.
  • Lead and manage the ESA Security Department in accordance with the ESA Security Framework.
  • Develop and maintain security strategies and policies for both ESA corporate security and space projects.
  • Ensure consistent implementation of the ESA Security Framework across the agency.

Role Requirements

  • Master’s degree in engineering with significant experience in security.
  • Deep understanding of ESA's security management frameworks, rules, and policies.
  • Exceptional diplomatic skills and the ability to enforce measures with precision and discretion.
  • Strong communication abilities and adeptness at networking across various levels.
  • Eligibility to handle sensitive technology under European and US export control regulations.
  • Must be able to obtain national security clearance.

Application Process Details

  • ESA values diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates regardless of background.
  • Applicants will be subjected to selection tests and pre-appointment screening.

Head of the ESA Security Department in the Director General’s Services. Under the direct authority of the Director General, the Head of the ESA Security Department, in cooperation with the ESA directorates and in coordination with the ESA Security Committee, is the ESA Security Authority for all ESA security for space matters in line with the ESA Security Framework. In addition, in collaboration with the Legal Department, the Head of the ESA Security Department is the Chief ESA Export Control Officer.

Duties include advising the Director General on security for space matters and on the general security strategy for the Agency; managing and leading the ESA Security Department team in line with the ESA Security Framework; proposing, establishing and maintaining a security strategy and policy for ESA corporate security and ESA space projects and programmes; supervising, coordinating and controlling the correct implementation of the ESA Security Framework through the provision of a homogeneous, Agency-wide approach to security management and assurance.

The successful candidate will have a master’s degree in engineering and proven experience in the area of security. Understanding of ESA’s functions, rules and policies relating to the management of the different pillars of security is required. Strong sense of diplomacy and the ability to formulate judgements while applying measures with strictness, tact and discretion is essential. Solid communication skills and the ability to interface and network with people at all levels is also required.

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.

Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations & security clearance by their national security administrations. 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.


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