Vega and Space Rider Launcher System Senior Engineer

Frascati, Italy, ESA [12602]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Vega and Space Rider Launcher System Senior Engineer.

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.

This post is for a limited duration of 4 years (non-renewable) and is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


  • Supporting the Vega Launcher and Space Rider System Engineering Manager in the technical activities required to ensure adherence to the Programme milestones (i.e. VEGA-C, VEGA-CIP, VEGA-E, Space Rider design, development, ground qualification, assembly, integration, testing in Europe and in Guiana, flight qualification, and post-flight activities). Also supporting Vega competitiveness improvement, evolutions strategies and logics;
  • Technical support activities and industry follow-on, in particular in the domains of launcher environment, transient phases, separations, aerodynamic and aerothermal. This will include:
    • the relevant trade-offs on potential evolutions of architectures and technologies, including recurring and non-recurring cost aspects;
    • identifying the technical requirements and relevant breakdown within the domain of responsibility, including evolutions;
    • elaborating the statements of work for all industrial procurements (e.g. contracts, riders, CCNs, work orders) in the domain of responsibility;
    • assessing industrial proposals and requests for changes;
    • implementing in a timely fashion the industrial activities at Prime level, as well as at subcontractor level, if necessary, in the domain of responsibility;
    • organising and leading all major industrial meetings at system and, if necessary, subsystem, assembly, unit/equipment levels in the domain of responsibility;
    • all major programme reviews at system level and, if necessary, at subsystem, assembly, unit and equipment levels in the domain of responsibility;
    • reviewing all industrial deliveries produced for all major programme meetings and reviews at system level and, if necessary, at subsystem, assembly, unit and equipment levels in the domain of responsibility;
    • identifying the risks and risk mitigation actions for implementation in the domain of responsibility;
  • Management of all Launcher System engineering technical activities required to ensure the timely achievement of all key Exploitation Programme milestones, by:
    • supporting production, mission preparation, operations, and flight exploitation in the domain of responsibility, as needed;
    • assessing flight anomalies in the domain of responsibility;
    • assessing production obsolescence in the domain of responsibility; 
    • contributing to the elaboration of the Launch Vehicle Qualification Certificate in the domain of responsibility;
  • Systematic exhaustive reporting of the status and criticalities of the activities in the domain of responsibility


Technical competencies
Multi-disciplinary knowledge of the area of responsibility
Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes
Knowledge of industrial costs and scheduling
Knowledge of other technical domains with interfaces to own area of responsibility
ESA space systems development, verification and review processes and standards

A Master’s degree in engineering is required for this post.

Additional requirements
A minimum of ten years direct experience in space systems development within industry and/or within ESA programmes.

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The closing date for applications is 28 June 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.
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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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