Talent Acquisition Specialist

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [2268]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Human Resources and Recruitment
Job type

About this job

The Serco Group and is among the leading Space Industry and Services Companies across the globe. We have over 40 years’ experience in supporting the space sector. Since the creation of the European Space Agency (ESA), our employees have been providing everyday their technical, scientific and management skills to support the full range of European cornerstone space missions.

To support all these missions requires a strong Talent Acquisition Team. Our talent acquisition team works on hundreds of requirements across Europe every year. We are here to support our contract and bid managers / directors across the European space business, and to also impress our senior stakeholders.

We have some amazing recruiters and personalities within our TA team however we are greedy, we want more people to join our team who can also be part of our success. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger.

We would love to hire a post graduate space engineer (ideally who has studied Earth Observation) but wants to get into the commercial side of the business. Don’t worry about not having recruitment experience, we can teach you that and you can teach us about space engineering. What you must have is an amazing personality, positive outlook on life, drive to succeed and be the best team player any team could wish for.

In return, we will provide the platform to give you an incredible career within recruitment. What’s more, let’s say a few years down the line recruitment is not for you but you decide you want to go into business development or back into engineering, well, of course we will be upset but that’s not a problem, we can do that for you as well. If that’s not enough, let’s say you need to relocate due to family issues, well we can also help with that as we have offices all over the globe.

Sounds good, then read on and let’s get down to the job responsibilities.


  • You will work as part of our European Space Talent Acquisition team helping to find amazing space engineering talents across Europe for Serco but also for International and National Space Agencies such as the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, EUSPA, CNES, ASI and many more customers.
  • Review and analyse job descriptions and SoW’s, extracting the core responsibilities and requirements to find the most suitable candidates.
  • Schedule and plan the different requirements to ensure all deadlines are met, creating actions in our ATS system (Bullhorn).
  • Advertising vacancies through appropriate channels, ensuring that active applicants are reached.
  • Headhunt potential candidates to ensure that passive candidates are reached.
  • Review applicant submissions to evaluate if they meet the requirements.
  • Perform pre-screening and preliminary interviews via TEAMS video conferencing.
  • Maintain all pertinent applicant and interview data in our ATS system.
  • Build out talent pipelines/network of candidates through our ATS system for future hiring needs (succession planning).
  • Ensure all required documents for client submissions are to a high standard to ensure that our candidates get the best representation possible and in compliance with the requirements of the customer.
  • Provide support in scheduling and arranging interviews with our key customers.
  • Participate to general tenders and restricted tenders’ preparation for what concerns the delivery team sourcing and presentations.
  • Contribute to the growth of the company by helping our talent acquisition team in streamlining processes and procedures.
  • Work closely with marketing department to help promote targeted recruitment campaigns for our customers key hires.
  • Ensure continual improvement of the team’s knowledge base with regards to understanding of positions, industry, candidate profiling and risk identification.
  • Be known as a subject matter expert on space recruitment and be active on LinkedIn as well as other business-related social media platforms.
  • Attend space conferences / events in-person and online to represent Serco.


  • Degree in space engineering, earth observation, remote sensing or similar.
  • Good knowledge of the European Space sector.
  • IT literate (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).
  • Willingness to learn recruitment.
  • High Integrity.
  • Team Player.
  • Fluent in English, additional European language a plus but no essential.


In addition, you:

  • Have a strong work ethic and flexibility to work under pressure in a deadline oriented and fast paced environment.
  • Own a high degree of self-motivation, energy and the ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Are ambitious, eager to learn and want to progress quickly in your career.
  • Are a professional with a strong sense of responsibility.
  • Have international experience.


What we offer:

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion

Our customers come from all walks of life and so do we. We hire great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it makes our company stronger. We want to ensure our business reflects the communities we operate in, with a key facet of this focusing on having an employee base that mirrors the diversity of the population.

Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world.

We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.

Relocation and life in the Netherlands

At Serco, we recognise that relocation can be a stressful process and therefore we offer support to allow you to focus on settling in at your new job. If applicable, we will support you during your relocation process to the Netherlands.

Your travel to the Netherlands will be reimbursed and you will also have an option of Serco organising a hotel for your first month stay or instead you can have the cash and use it against other relocation expenses of your choice.

Our offices in Noordwijk are very close to the European Space Agency, we will take you there to visit ESTEC. We are also very close to the beach, a big plus through the summer months. On top of this we are only 40 minutes away from the thriving city of Amsterdam.

Work/Life Balance

Serco holds the concept of work-life balance in high regard, acknowledging the significance of familial connections, particularly in challenging circumstances. We offer hybrid working, so you choose how many times you want to come into the office each week (we have an amazing coffee machine) and you get to meet some fantastic colleagues however if you need to work from home then that’s fine with us, we trust you. Did you know ‘Trust’ is one of Serco’s four values in which the company behaves.

Your Wellbeing

Health and Safety is a priority at Serco. We look after your mental well-being: you will find not only amazing colleagues, an understanding environment, but also numerous networks such as Parents and Carers or our Inclusion Hub for you to join.

At Serco, we encourage the opportunity to engage and socialise with colleagues. We hold social events throughout the year, including the Christmas party and summer get-togethers.

We also offer the opportunity to participate in a Job bike scheme, private pension options, and numerous other benefits.

First class career development and training support

At Serco, we are committed to fostering your development and growth. We annually allocate a substantial investment to ensure the ongoing training of its staff through internal and external courses encompassing both technical and soft skills. This includes participation in conferences, workshops, language training, and utilization of the Serco Business Academy’s online educational resources, among other initiatives.

Career options within Serco (Global)

As a Serco employee you have direct access to our job offers as well as contact to the relevant people within the organisation to explore career options further. Should you decide in the future to join another branch of Serco, you would not be subject to a probation period and your seniority within the Company would be carried over to the new branch.

Moreover, we offer

  • Highly competitive salaries considering your skills and personal value to the company.
  • An exciting, inspiring, international, and ambitious working environment.
  • Quarterly bonuses.
  • Paid holiday.

We will give you the platform and guidance to progress your career quickly whilst rewarding you at the same time. If you have the drive, ambition, and motivation to succeed then please reach out to our Head of Talent Acquisition, Ian Stammers.

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