Security Operations Officer

Darmstadt, Germany, ESA [12581]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Security Operations Officer.

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.



  • Assessing the security risks of the missions entrusted to the Department, and the applicable security directives or security requirements flowing down from the various projects;
  • Providing support to the Ground Segment Managers to enable appropriate security measures in line with applicable requirements. You will be responsible for driving proactively and with a solution-oriented approach, the development of requirements as well as implementing security with a clear efficiency-focused objective;
  • Managing industrial contracts (engineering, maintenance and operations) as required for assigned roles, ensuring service delivery in accordance with agreed Service Level Agreements; 
  • Defining and maintaining an overall cyber security operations concept, and the associated architecture, process and procedures; 
  • Taking an active role in the development of security operation procedures as requested by projects;
  • Supporting and driving the specification of cyber and general security requirements in close cooperation with customers and stakeholders as well as helping to create related investment roadmaps;
  • Supporting Local and System accreditation processes in close coordination with the ESA Security Office and interfacing with security authorities as required;
  • As appropriate and when delegated, you will be asked to attend reviews, panels and boards of ESA missions to enhance aspects of secure operations;
  • Supporting reviews, boards and panels related to your duties; 
  • Acting as Project/System Security Officer (PSSO) for mission operations as defined by the ESA Security directives;
  • Acting as Cyber Security Manager and taking on that role vis-à-vis the ESA Security Office and the mission managers;
  • Handling cryptographic products relevant to the mission operations department.



Technical competencies
Experience in satellite and ground operations
Design, development, deployment testing and/or operations of complex secure systems
Knowledge of complex satellite missions and related security architectures
Knowledge of the security regulatory framework at ESA and/or European level
Security engineering and associated disciplines, in particular communications and network security
A Master degree in engineering, space science or space applications is required.
Additional requirements
You must be eligible for a personal security clearance by the relevant national authorities. 
Knowledge of the ISO 27001 standard and protection against cyber security threats would be an asset.
Knowledge and experience of setting-up, implementing and managing ITIL frameworks, performance management systems based on service level agreements, business continuity programmes, in both insourced and outsourced environments, would be an asset.
For a complete job description, click on “apply”.
The closing date for applications is 30 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
We are the European Space Agency. Our mission is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. We watch over Earth, develop and launch inspiring and unique space projects, train astronauts and push the boundaries of science and technology, seeking answers to the big questions about the Universe. We are a family of scientists, engineers and business professionals from all over Europe working together in a diverse and multinational environment. We are dedicated to united space in Europe and united Europe in space. Learn more: http://www.esa.int/

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