Media Relations Officer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [OMR12]

Field(s) of expertise
Marketing and Sales
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a tpgroup company, is recruiting a Media Relations Officer for Sapienza to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC).

Sapienza has been a partner of ESA for almost 30 years, and we pride ourselves in supporting a wide range of missions including Galileo, MTG, Copernicus and ExoMars. Our team is international with activities across the U.K., the Netherlands, North Macedonia, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.


  • Investigate, initiate, coordinate and implement the media relation activities at ESTEC, ECSAT and ESEC in close coordination with the Communication Programme Officers, the Outreach team and site services;
  • Coordinate and implement media relation activities related to the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and Poland and/or any other ESA Member State in the future
  • Keep a log-file of all media requests;
  • Contribute to media insight analysis;
  • Maintain and use relevant journalist and influencer databases;
  • Maintain the list of ESA spokespersons;
  • Deal with requests from media for interviews, information and support related to ESTEC/ECSAT/ESEC, the Netherlands, Belgium, the UK and Poland, ensuring coherent messaging and answering journalist queries in a timely manner;
  • Organise interviews and briefings for individual journalists as appropriate;
  • Organise media events;
  • Ensure the newsroom and media relations processes are coherently implemented between the establishments
  • Prepare, send and update press releases and news releases
  • Organise media partnerships (such as documentary legal forms, press photography projects) together with partnerships team
  • Keep a close relationship with Communication Programme Officers in HRE, TIA, TEC, NAV, SCI to find media opportunities
  • Publish ESA press releases on the ESA website
  • Support media training requirements for ESA staff in HRE, TIA, TEC, NAV, SCI
  • Provide ad hoc media briefings for ESA staff not accustomed to media interviews


  • Master’s degree or equivalent qualification
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience
  • Good knowledge of the UK media market and experience in media relations in the UK;
  • Knowledge of the Dutch, Belgian or French media market with media relations experience in one of those countries;
  • Excellent inter-personal skills, e.g. communicating and interacting with individuals at all levels, and the capability of identifying priorities and handling high workload with a proactive approach to problem solving, are required;
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills, as well as initiative and motivation to perform to high standards in a demanding environment, are required;
  • The ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and a stringent schedule is required;
  • An open multi-cultural attitude, while caring for accuracy on the job and trustworthiness, is required;
  • Experience in an international organisation or multi-cultural working environment will be a key asset;
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset;

Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU

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