Ariane 6 Launch Base Manager

Paris, France, ESA [11949]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for an Ariane 6 Launch Base Manager.


Under the direct authority of the Ariane 6 Launch System Engineering Manager you are tasked with the implementation of Ariane Launch Base Development and any Complementary Developments/Adaptations that may become necessary due to an evolution of the Launch System.

In this context, you will manage the development of the following typical Launch System Ground Segment systems:

  • Infrastructure including buildings, power supply, air conditioning systems Fluidic networks
  • Mechanical systems
  • Mechanical PCC (Ground/board I/F: cryo arms & MANG mini-masts) Security systems (CFS / SP)
  • Control Benches (CBLP, CCS)
  • LN3 Applications Software
  • Transfer means (TCC, UCT) BAF HE adaptations
  • Launch Range adaptations

You will manage a team which will work in tight coordination with the Ariane 6 Launch System Architect team to ensure that the Launch Base activities remain fully coherent with Ariane 6 Launch System needs. You will steer Launch Base activities in such a way as to minimise and master any deviation with respect to Launch System workplans.

You, and your team:

  • will be in charge of the implementation of the Ariane 6 Launch Base development contract;
  • control the contract’s schedule and costs and you will regularly report to your line manager about any deviation;
  • provide support to the Launch System Configuration Control Board, Verification Control Board and Risk Management Board.

Your duties further include:

  • preparing and attending meetings related to qualification activities;
  • participating in system-level working groups to exhaustively assess the qualification status;
  • preparing internal and external project reports and presentations, and ensuring smooth work interfaces with other services within the Agency and with other partners of the programme;
  • analysing CNES qualification plans and associated risks, as well as performing ad-hoc analysis, reports and other tasks, as required;
  • interfacing with the Launch System Verification and the Launch System Integration and Tests teams to implement and monitor all the required exchanges aimed at securing quality and timely availability of the interface control data related to the Launch Base;
  • supporting the Launch System Architect in the preparation of the Combined Tests and Maiden flight campaigns.


Technical competencies
Multi-disciplinary knowledge of area of responsibility
Knowledge of industrial costs and schedule aspects
Knowledge of other technical domains with interfaces to own area of responsibility
Launch complexes development and PA standards
Management of large contracts including civil works, infrastructure, servitudes and complex EGSE
Financial and planning control for large contract
Complex project risk management processes
Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes
Preparation and execution of test and launch campaigns
On ground environmental effects
Lean, model-based processes analysis techniques

A Master’s degree in Engineering is required.

Additional requirements
You should have at least 15 years professional experience with Launch Systems.

You should further have:

the potential to manage individuals or a team
the ability to organise your 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
strong results 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.

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.

For a complete job description and to apply, click on “apply”.

The closing date for applications is 18 January 2021.

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 at contact.human.resources@esa.int.


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, Latvia 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. (https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/careers/NationalityTargets.pdf)

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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