Space Rider Space Segment Manager

Frascati, Italy, ESA [10282]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a Space Rider Space Segment Manager.


You will report directly to the Vega and Space Rider Development Programmes Manager and will be supported by specialists from the relevant engineering and product assurance disciplines within the Vega and Space Rider Integrated Programmes Team. Duties encompass the whole perimeter of the Space Rider Space Segment activities, including the AVUM Orbital Module (AOM) and the Re-entry Module (RM), and more specifically:

• Managing the Space Segment end-to-end system definition, adaptation/development, qualification and operation, including Multi Purpose Cargo Bay (MPCB) and Payload interface specification;
• Managing theAOM/RM end-to-end system engineering aspects (e.g. mission analysis, visibility analysis, thermal and structural analysis, trajectories, aerodynamics,aerothermodynamics, flying qualities);
• Managing the AOM/RM end-to-end system synthesis aspects (e.g. performance, budgets, margins, internal and external interfaces, including launcher I/Fs, payloads I/Fs, ground segment I/Fs);
• Managing the AOM/RM end-to-end system manufacturing, assembly, integration and verification, including:
– RM specific environmental, functional, descent and landing testing, integrated system testing;
– AOM specific environmental, functional, integrated system testing;
– AOM/RM end-to-end system testing;
• Managing the Space Segment and Ground Segment end-to-end system testing in coordination with the Space Rider Ground Segment Manager, including Payload aspects;
• Managing the RM refurbishment, reusability, operability and maintainability aspects, including turn-around cycles and readiness for subsequent flights;
• Supporting line management for the activities concerning:
– Preparation of procurement proposals, RFQs, contract proposals, change requests;
– Evaluation and negotiation of industrial proposals, including contract change notices;
– Assessment of industrial deliverables (i.e. hardware, software, models, documentation, etc.) prior to formal review and acceptance processes;
– Regular reporting to upper management.


Technical competencies

• Experience in the definition and implementation of complex space missions;
• Experience in the design, development, qualification, assembly, integration, testing of ground segment systems and components for launcher systems and/or orbital platforms and/or re-entry systems, and related technologies;
• Experience in the preparation, negotiation and execution of complex industrial contracts, including assessment of industrial deliverables (i.e. hardware, software, models, documentation, …) prior to formal review and acceptance processes;
• Experience in the preparation and execution of major ESA reviews for the development and qualification of ground segments.


You should have a Master’s degree in engineering or a related discipline.

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The closing date for applications is 3 September 2020.


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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 and Slovenia.

We offer

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an equal opportunities employer that offers competitive salaries exempt from national income tax and excellent employment conditions, such as allowances for expatriates and relocation support.
For more information: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA

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