Network Project Leader

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [11931-24252]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Network Project Leader.

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.


  • contributing to the innovation of the shared IT Infrastructure Service Portfolio, in line with the technology and service evolutions in order to meet ESA users and technical customers’ requirements;
  • translating the functional and business needs of ESA users and customers into modern network architectures and designs, optimising user experience, service performance and costs;
  • defining and leading projects and activities aimed at improving and evolving the network services wrt. efficiency and resilience (e.g. network automation, software-defined networking, zero trust access);
  • driving the extension of ESA networks to new sites and establishments, and implementing secure and effective connectivity to multi-cloud services (public, private cloud and edge computing models) and to ESA partners;
  • ensuring smooth introduction into service of new solutions and technological service evolutions, reviewing and accepting the relevant service documentation and supervising the operational handover between project and service providers;
  • supporting the ESA Service Managers in ensuring that the contracted services operate in compliance with the agreed Service Level Agreements (SLAs) and performance;
  • supporting IT infrastructure customers within and outside the IT department in adopting the shared IT infrastructure services offered by the Division;
  • preparing business cases, documenting project requirements, and evaluating and approving industrial proposals; 
  • managing resulting procurements and service evolution activities from preparation to closure in a timely, effective manner and within the allocated budget;
  • following the evolution of IT infrastructure, network and security technologies available on the market and providing support for the definition of roadmaps and the strategy of the IT Department.


Technical competencies
IT service management
Project and technical management
Security engineering and associated disciplines, in particular communications and network security
Networking for multi-cloud and edge computing
Network architectures and delivery models
A Master’s degree in information/communications technology is required
Additional requirements
You should also have :

  • several years of experience in IT infrastructure, networking (LAN, WAN, remote access), network security (firewalls, network access control, (micro-)segmentation) and automation.
  • industry certification or specialisation (e.g. CCNP, CCIE or CISSP) will be an asset.
  • experience of working in a large, geographically spread out organisation is required.

For a complete job description, click on “apply”.
The closing date for applications is 16 September 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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