5G/6G Implementation Manager

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), ESA [12506]

Field(s) of expertise
Information Technology Telecommunications Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a 5G/6G Implementation Manager.
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.


  • Coordinating implementation of the set of activities and projects under the 5G/6G Strategic Programme Line.
  • Managing the projects successfully within the stated objectives, schedule and costs.
  • Preparing action plans and roadmap development in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders (e.g. satcom and terrestrial industry) to foster the use of innovative satcom solutions, including 5G.
  • Coordinating the preparation of work plans, monitoring their implementation and taking corrective action to ensure their successful execution.
  • Assessing the business environment evolution for satcom, terrestrial telecom and space and the potential impact on key satcom stakeholders.
  • Identifying and justifying selected business partners to focus on (as a combination of demand/partner pull and tech/industry push) using the key criteria of relevance and impact on industry competitiveness and introduction of innovation.
  • Analysing opportunities with the selected business partners, in some of the focus areas identified in business exploration (5G, satellite constellations, AI). The analysis must be based on structured action plans and result in justified roadmaps leading to further business consolidation actions.
  • Promoting the use of satellite in 5G/6Gand attracting stakeholders to collaborate with ESA in implementing and demonstrating integrated end-to-end 5G/6Gsystems and services.
  • Contributing to the 6G vision and to how satellite telecommunications can be part of it, including producing and delivering a 6G roadmap which includes satellite networks.
  •  Monitoring and assessing the need and commercial potential for future satellite telecommunication missions and systems.
  • Carrying out analysis, definition, initiation and management of industrial activities associated with new telecommunication satellite system projects.
  • Defining all the end-to-end elements associated with the mission/system architecture of new telecommunication satellite projects/systems.
  • Performing trade-offs between different concepts/technologies to optimise the end-to-end system.
  • Managing projects financially in line with the stated cost-at-completion and annual budget forecasts.
  • Driving the implementation and coordination of the various activities included in the 5G/6GSPL work plan.
  • Establishing and maintaining a project risk register.
  • Providing regular technical, programmatic and financial reporting to ESA management and national delegations.


Technical competencies
Knowledge of industrial costs and schedule aspects
Complex project management and project risk management processes
Knowledge of ESA and industrial development and verification processes
Knowledge of 4G/5G core architectures and mobile networks protocols, 5G RAN and O-RAN/vRAN/cloudRAN
Design and development of satellite payload, platform or telecommunication end-to-end system engineering
Business development

A Master’s degree in engineering or physics is required for this post. An additional business or marketing degree (MBA or other relevant qualification) will be considered an asset.
Additional requirements
You have at least 10 years’ relevant work experience in a combination of technical management and business development.
You have proven project management experience of complex programmes and have demonstrated industrial experience in satellite telecommunication systems or cellular telecommunication systems, or other relevant technical fields (e.g. 5G, AI).
You are able to interact at top management levels with potential new business partners.
You will be expected to travel regularly to industrial premises and technical and business events.
You will demonstrate strong leadership capabilities and the ability to work effectively in an international team environment. You are also able to apply analytical and sound judgement to resolving complex problems and making decisions, and to sum up complex information, and have good communication skills, both verbal and written.
Direct experience of working with a commercial telecommunications industry manufacturer or operator will be a distinct advantage. Experience in Public Private Partnership Projects would be an asset.

For a complete job description, click on “apply”.
The closing date for applications is 29 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.
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