Director General of the European Space Agency

Paris, France, ESA [DirectorGeneral-ESA]

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Business Administration and Finance
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About this job

Director General of the European Space AgencyParis (France)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an intergovernmental organisation(*) tasked with shaping the development of Europe’s space capability and ensuring that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to its citizens. ESA is an equal opportunities employer and encourages applications from women.

ESA is now seeking to recruit its future Director General

For a complete job description, go to: https://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA/Vacancy_for_the_post_of_ESA_Director_General

Applications should be addressed, in the form of a cover letter and CV to the Head of the Human Resources Department at esadgselection@esa.int

The deadline for receipt of applications is 31 August 2020.


In accordance with the Convention of the Agency and the directives issued by the ESA Council, the Director General guides and oversees the evolution of ESA’s role and programmes in support of Europe’s governments and the needs of European society with respect to space. The postholder will be accountable for the implementation of Agency policies and the execution of its programmes.


The Director General must be a national of one of the ESA Member States and will have international experience in one or preferably more of the following areas: political, technical, scientific, economic, administrative.

The successful candidate will have occupied top-level posts in public, semi-public or private organisations. Experience in space-related matters would be highly desirable.

(*) ESA Member States are: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

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