Systems Manager of the Systems in Operations

Prague, Czech Republic, European Union Agency for the Space [EUSPA/2021/AD/024]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

Please submit your application by 10/06/2021 11:59 (Prague time) 
The only means of submitting an application for this vacancy is through the EUSPA e-recruitment portal https://www.euspa.europa.eu/about/careers-euspa. 
The Agency is looking for a Systems Manager of the Systems in Operations with experience in large-scale complex systems development. The job holder will manage System and Ground Segment engineering and development activities led by the Agency in its role of EGNSS Exploitation Manager (EGNOS and Galileo) and in the frame of the GOVSATCOM Programme. Depending on his/her assignment, the Systems Manager of the Systems in Operations will report to the respective Head of Department.


he jobholder will have the following main tasks and responsibilities:

  • Manage the system and segment infrastructure evolutions activities;
  • Coordinate the specification and development follow up of improvements to the system in operations implemented by industrial contracts;
  • Lead the system engineering processes for managing requirements through the lifecycle of the system and ground segments;
  • Coordinate the technical analysis of the specifications and design the major evolutions of the system and ground segments, in order to verify coherence and compatibility with the system in exploitation, and identify impacts on baseline technical documentation;
  • Coordinate the definition of an overall system Integration and Verification (I&V) Programme, ensuring consistency between system and segments verification but also between verification and validation activities;
  • Manage the establishment of system upgrades deployment/migration plan, consistent with service continuity needs;
  • Monitor the qualification status, and follow up on anomalies resolution through the implementation of Work Arounds, fast fixes and mid-term/long-term corrections;
  • Maintain the qualification status, assessing any changes with respect to the impact on system qualification;
  • Verify that the system upgrades are under configuration control prior to the handover to the operations team;
  • Coordinate the Agency contribution to the development of the Galileo Second Generation from the system and infrastructure point of view, performed by the European Space Agency;
  • Represent the Agency in the relevant boards as necessary (including but not limited to Change Control Boards, Qualification Review Board, Acceptance Review Board);
  • Liaise with other internal stakeholders, as well as with external partners such as the European Commission, the European Space Agency, the Service Operator, the Products manufacturers and maintainers;
  • Support the Agency management as needed and take on additional tasks as required in the interest of the service.

The position is situated in Prague, Czech Republic with regular missions within Europe (and possible detachment) to other Agency sites.


The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:

  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more
    A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and at least one year of appropriate professional experience when the normal period of university education is three years
  • In addition to the above, appropriate professional experience of at least twelve years after obtaining the required diploma
  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union
  • Be entitled to his or her full rights as a citizen
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post
    All eligible applications, according to the afore-mentioned criteria, will be assessed against the requirements listed below, solely based on the information provided by the candidates in their application. 
    The Selection Board responsible for this selection will determine the criteria to be assessed in the various phases of the selection procedure (assessment of the application forms, interview and written test) prior to being granted access to the names of the applicants. All essential criteria will be assessed during the applications evaluation phase.
    Non-compliance with any of the essential criteria may result in the exclusion of the candidate from the selection process. Advantageous criteria constitute additional assets and will not result in exclusion, if not fulfilled.
    When filling the online application, candidates are expected to clearly include elements that demonstrate that their profile matches the requirements below.
    Essential criteria

  • University degree in the exact sciences, such as engineering, physics, mathematics or computer science;
  • Experience in the management of systems and/or ground segment engineering activities, verification and qualification activities;
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English;
  • Advantageous criteria

  • Experience in software systems development activities;
  • Experience in the technical definition and/or development and/or implementation and/or exploitation in space programmes;
  • Behavioural competencies

  • Motivation;
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to be concise on complex subjects;
  • Negotiation skills;
  • Solution-oriented mind-set and collaborative attitude;
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills;
  • Ability to deliver quality results under pressure and prioritise tasks.
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