Programme and Business Development Officer

Paris, France, ESA [12250]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Business Administration and Finance
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a Programme and Business Development Officer.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

The Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications supports innovation to boost the competitiveness of European industry in the global space market. This involves a wide range of activities, from space-based technology, systems, product for telecommunications development to the down-to-Earth application of space-based services, and entails engagement with a wide range of industrial, entrepreneurial and institutional partners.

The Strategy, Programme and Transformation Office provides support for implementation of the Directorate’s remit in programme development, business analysis and development, and programme strategic communication and market intelligence. It strengthens the EU relationship and supports new partnerships with the space and non-space sectors, new innovative multi-disciplinary activities, new strategic programme lines, and innovative public-private financing solutions. It leads the transformation towards increased socio-economic impact on Europe’s economy and society.

You will report to the Head of the Strategy, Programme and Transformation Office and be in charge of providing strategic guidance to the Directorate’s business development activities to prepare for future market-oriented programme proposals.


  • Providing technical, financial and business plan analysis of market opportunities in new vertical markets, including transport, energy, security;
  • Evaluating potential ARTES programme action and making recommendations for the purpose of ensuring the long-term growth of ARTES and related ESA programmes in a commercial setting, including institutional markets and the digital economy beyond space;
  • Ensuring close cooperation across the Directorate for the creation of future strategic programme lines, next-generation space systems and innovative financing solutions;
  • Being involved in initiating new TIA programme proposals;
  • Coordinating the Directorate’s contributions to the Agency’s transversal activities;
  • Participating in ESA working groups and the preparation of strategic documents and coordinated programme proposals in collaboration with other Directorates;
  • Furthering the relationship and the negotiations of agreements with industry, the European Union and national institutions;
  • Contributing to the market intelligence and strategic communications activities of the Office and providing neutral programmatic expertise for ongoing and planned activities;
  • Providing ad hoc support to the Head of Office.


Technical competencies
Business development in the European and international commercial space sector or digital economy
Leading change by adoption of new processes, opportunity management, investment schemes
Driving strategic engagement through international business partnerships between space, telecom or media and vertical markets (e.g. transport, energy, health, government, security)

A Master’s degree in business administration, engineering, physics, economics or related subjects is required.

Additional requirements
Previous experience in commercial business development in the space sector or in the digital economy is required.

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The closing date for applications is 05 July 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, Lithuania 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
About us
We are the European Space Agency. Our mission is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. We watch over Earth, develop and launch inspiring and unique space projects, train astronauts and push the boundaries of science and technology, seeking answers to the big questions about the Universe. We are a family of scientists, engineers and business professionals from all over Europe working together in a diverse and multinational environment. We are dedicated to united space in Europe and united Europe in space. Learn more: http://www.esa.int/

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