Next Generation Platform Manager

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), ESA [12697]

Field(s) of expertise
Project and Service Management Telecommunications Engineering
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. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


  • Define objectives and establish roadmaps with telecommunication satellite primes for next generation GEO/MEO/LEO platforms development;
  • Prepare, iterate and refine corresponding project proposal(s), in close coordination with corresponding prime, for approval at CMin 2022;
  • Coordinate with Member States their participation and subscription to the programme;
  • Coordinate closely with TIA-P project managers in charge of on-going platform developments;
  • Manage implementation of preparatory activities if any,
  • Manage successfully one of the Next generation Platform projects within their declared objectives, schedule and costs, upon program approval at CMin 2022;
  • Implement the development of one of the Next generation Platform up to product line on-ground qualification;
  • Negotiate and manage the contract with the corresponding satellite prime including implementation of contracts changes as required;
  • Cooperate with the Industry Partner to ensure that the objectives of the project are fully met;
  • Manage the ESA Project Team;
  • Manage the specialised engineering support from the ESA Technical Directorate;
  • Establish and maintain a risk register for the project;
  • Providing regular technical, programmatic and financial reporting to ESA management and national delegations.


Technical competencies
Knowledge of Telecoms satellite landscape (operators, primes, missions)
Knowledge of telecom systems and key platform performance characteristics (technical and programmatic)
Knowledge of industrial European offering, from technologies, to building blocks to systems
Managing industrial costs and scheduling aspects
Knowledge of other technical domains with interfaces to own area of responsibility
Space system development and PA standards
Complex project risk management processes
Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes

A Master’s degree in relevant engineering or scientific discipline for this post is required.

Additional requirements
You should have:

  • the potential to manage individuals or a team of experts 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 their team’s performance, developing their 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
  • a strong results 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.

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.
Experience in managing complex space programmes up to launch and in orbit testing is desirable and preferably in the telecommunications domain. You should also be able to support negotiations with decision makers in industry and delegations.

Direct experience of working with a telecommunications satellite prime 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 22 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
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