New Concepts Officer (ESA-ESTEC, ESA-ECSAT)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands; Harwell, The UK, Sapienza Consulting [TFE165]

Field(s) of expertise
Telecommunications Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a Serco company, is recruiting a New Concepts Officer for Sapienza to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC or ESA-ECSAT).

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.



  • Contributing to the gathering and analysis of business intelligence and market information related to the global satellite communications sector, the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector, as well as global economic, technological and industrial trends and developments
  • Identifying, studying, and developing new satcom system concepts and applications: including new satellite system architectures, new services and applications, and improving integration and interoperation with terrestrial systems
  • Contributing to the definition of new satellite and system projects based on disruptive technologies and concepts. Technologies of particular interest are, among others: 6G, Cubesat/micro-satellite design and technologies (e.g. high-frequency antennas, software-defined radios, software-design payloads, digital signal processing, photonics / optical communications, electric propulsion,…), AI/ML application in satcom and implementation using hardware accelerators, advanced security concepts, VLEO (Very Low Earth Orbit) satellite technology and concepts
  • Support in the identification and definition of future technology development activities, in terms of either technology feasibility demonstrations, product and system development support, or in-orbit validation and demonstration needs, as well as exploring ‘spin-in’ opportunities from other relevant high technology application areas


  • Master’s degree in engineering or equivalent in a relevant Engineering discipline
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience
  • Knowledge of Satcom system architectures, products and market
  • Knowledge and experience of telecommunication systems definition from requirement phase to implementation aspects
  • Knowledge of industrial costs and schedule aspects
  • Strong project management experience for complex project with high technical risk
  • Experience in procurement processes and contract management as well as applied negotiation skills
  • Knowledge of industrial development, verification and procurement processes
  • Ability to gather and share relevant information
  • Ability to support the definition of a technology development strategy
  • Applicants should possess strong negotiation skills
  • Experience in system and subsystem design and development in the telecommunications sector, and experience in the satellite communication industry would both be distinct advantages
  • Strong Inter-personal communication skills: both verbal and written
  • A focus on results/delivery
  • Teamworking: across ESA Department and Directorate boundaries as well as with external partners
  • Planning and Organisational abilities
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU

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