Next Generation Platform Manager

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), ESA [12611]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Project and Service Management
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a Next Generation Platform 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.



  • Managing all Sunrise project activities in order to achieve the project’s declared objectives within the declared schedule and cost constraints;
  • Managing all relevant contract(s) with ESA’s private partner and members of the industrial consortium;
  • Ensuring successful implementation of all Sunrise technical activities required to achieve the declared objectives, including technology (pre-)developments, development of the space segment, development of the ground segment, in- flight demonstration(s), nominal operations and the associated services;
  • Managing the project’s financial performance in line with declared Cost Plan and agreed annual targets;
  • Managing the project’s schedule in line with the declared objective, proactively taking into account any technical, financial and programmatic issues;
  • Establishing and maintaining a risk register for the project and proactively implementing the required mitigation actions with the objective of safeguarding the technical, financial and schedule performance of the project;
  • Managing the ESA project team, including specialised support from other ESA directorates (e.g. D/TEC, D/OPS, D/IPL, D/HFI);
  • Providing regular technical, programmatic and financial reporting to ESA management and national delegates;
  • Managing the interfaces to all project stakeholders (e.g. industry, ESA management, Member State delegations) as and when required;
  • Ensure effective promotion of the project inside as well as outside ESA in line with TIA objectives.


Technical competencies
General project management skills, including programmatic, cost and schedule management
Multi-disciplinary and comprehensive knowledge of & experience with space system design, development, verification/testing, launch and in-orbit validation
Knowledge of & experience with PA standards and their application in space projects
Knowledge of & experience with ESA procurement processes and industrial contract negotiation
Experience with complex project risk management processes

A Master’s degree in engineering is required.

Additional requirements
You also have:

  • the potential to manage individuals or a team in a project setting;
  • the ability to organise their activities and ensure a motivating work environment;
  • strong leadership capabilities, with proven relationship management and communication skills;
  • the ability to drive your team’s performance, developing your people by encouraging learning, delegating responsibility and giving regular and constructive feedback;
  • strong problem-solving skills to deal with day-to-day operational challenges, together with demonstrated planning and organisational skills;
  • strong result orientation with the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions both orally and in writing;
  • the ability to manage challenging situations proactively and constructively and to be customer focused;
  • excellent ability to provide clear and concise reporting, both orally and in writing; the ability to clearly communicate the “big picture view” of an issue without unnecessary detail.

You should be skilled at fostering cooperative and effective interaction with ESA stakeholders,  industrial primes and telecom operators, be able to work independently, be system and result oriented and have excellent communication skills.
People management experience is an asset, as is international experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities.
For a complete job description, click on “apply”.
The closing date for applications is 17 August 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
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