Supply Chain Development Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [11966]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Supply Chain Development Engineer.

Supply Chain Development (SCD) Engineer in the Quality, Supply Chain and Knowledge Management Section; Quality, Dependability and PA Support Division; Product Assurance and Safety Department; Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

The Quality and Supply Chain Management Section is responsible for the development, implementation and maintenance of quality and supply chain management expertise and standards. The Section provides quality and knowledge management support to ESA corporate areas, manages accreditation and certification schemes, and supports the evaluation and monitoring of ESA supply chain quality in close cooperation with Industrial, Procurement & Legal Services and Programme Directorates. Furthermore, the Section hosts the IT team, which supports the development, maintenance and operations of IT solutions for the Department’s core activities.



Reporting to the Head of Section, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • providing expert support in the field of Supply Chain Development and Management;
  • liaising with other ESA directorates (in particular the Directorate of Industry, Procurement and Legal Services) to support the definition and implementation of the overall supply chain development strategy;
  • establishing and executing Supply Chain Development policies, requirements, standards and procedures;
  • supporting and participating in ESA Working Group(s) and Workshops related to Supply Chain Development/Management;
  • supporting, upon request, the coordination of the ESA processes for suppliers assessment and their growth in the Space Market;
  • contributing to the development of assessment methodologies addressing Manufacturing / Space Readiness Levels of the Directorate low/mid TRL suppliers;
  • coordinating, planning, executing and leading supplier audits;
  • monitoring ESA internal and external alerts and their impact on ESA Supply Chain;
  • defining, initiating and managing R&D activities in the domain of activity;
  • promoting ESA SCD activities, disseminating their results as well as preparing and providing related training;
  • upon request, participating in the Directorate Competence Domains.

Duties may also include supporting other activities within your field of competence.


Technical competencies
General background and specific experience in the technical domains covered by the position
Experience with R&D and space company evaluation and monitoring
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities
Lead Auditor training and experience

A Master’s degree in engineering or technical sciences is required.

Additional requirements
Knowledge and experience of Risk Management methodologies as well as of ECSS standards will be an asset. Experience in the definition, implementation and certification of quality management systems compliant to ISO9001, EN9100 and ISO17025 standards will be an asset.
Security clearance from the relevant national security administration is required.

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

The closing date for applications is 15 February 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

About us

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
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