Ground Segment Engineer

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), ESA [10443]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Ground Segment 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.

ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom  or ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands.



  • initiating, monitoring and controlling, in collaboration with the Procurement Department, the Strategic Programme Line managers and other relevant departments of ESA, of ARTES Core Competitiveness (CC) and other ARTES Programme line activities related to Ground Segment technology and product development for satellite communications;
  • supporting activities of other ARTES Programme Elements and the creation/implementation of partnership projects;
  • reporting regularly on the progress, status, schedule and outcome of ARTES activities, including realistic forecasting of milestone completion dates;
  • identifying and defining ground segment product and technology needs for future satellite communication services;
  • supporting the promotion of ARTES CC and ARTES socioeconomic impact analysis;
  • coordinating expert technical support provided by other ESA organisational units (e.g. Directorate of Operations, Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality), as required, to ensure effective initiation and management of activities;
  • participating in periodic meetings with the parent Section, contributing to the transfer of technical knowledge and lessons learned across the Agency.


Technical competencies
Experience in managing ground segment technology and product development activities carried out by industry for commercial satellite communication applications
Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes
Knowledge of satcom ground segment system architectures, products and market
Knowledge of modem, security and safety, antenna, cloud, artificial intelligence solutions applicable to satcom systems and solutions is an asset
A Master’s degree in an engineering discipline is required.
Additional requirements
Experience in ground and user segment technology and equipment, subsystem design and development is required.
Direct experience of working with a commercial telecommunications operator and European industry as well as an in-depth understanding of operating within a European agency framework would be distinct advantages.
You should also demonstrate strong negotiation skills and have contract/subcontract management experience.
For a complete job description, click on “apply”.

The closing date for applications is 28 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
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