Dependability and Safety Support Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [QQD898]

Field(s) of expertise
Product and Quality Assurance
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a Serco company, is recruiting a Dependability and Safety Support Engineer 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.


  • Provide safety engineering support to the ISS flight operations team.
  • Provide support to ESA and users operations team for the correct interpretation and implementation of applicable ISS mission safety requirements.
  • Provide safety engineering support to definition and approval of ISS maintenance operations.
  • Provide safety-engineering support during mission preparation and execution for anomalies and unplanned maintenance.
  • Provide safety assessment of on-orbit anomalies. Support Columbus Anomaly Response Team (CART), Material Review Boards (MRB), failure investigations as required.
  • Perform training activities as required.
  • Support the review of Integrated Experiment Hazard Analysis (IEHA).
  • Ensure that Operational Hazard Control Matrix (OHCM) database / LISA tables are updated by Industry/USOCs.
  • Support the verification of ESA Operations Hazard Control ( eOCAD) Implementation by Operational teams.
  • Support NASA Mission Evaluation Room (MER) Safety and NASA Flight Operations Directorate safety for approval of maintenance operations..
  • Support the Operations Data File (ODF) and Mission Action Request MAR/CHIT process and related approvals.
  • Perform safety of flight briefing and post flight lessons learned exercise
  • Support collection and exploitation of In-orbit data.
  • Support R&D activities (e.g. TRP, GSP, GSTP, CDs Dossiers etc).
  • Contribute to continual improvement of the RAMS methods and tools.
  • Support preparation of training courses and materials.
  • Support organisation of conferences and workshops.
  • Participate in collaborative activities with universities, research institutes and industry (Research Fellowship, OSIP…).
  • Support preparation and assessment of Safety Data Package for Safety Authority approval.


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent qualification, with relevant experience.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience in event management, required.
  • Clear and focused communication skills.
  • Capacity to handle complex situation and complex environment.
  • Proven knowledge and experience in ESA Product Assurance and Safety.
  • Extensive knowledge of system safety engineering principle, methods and processes. Detailed knowledge of system engineering key principle, methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of ESA and NASA safety certification process, including verification methods and procedures.
  • Knowledge of the way safety data are generated, validated and retained in support of the program safety certification and follow up operations, including astronaut’s awareness and training as necessary.
  • Extended understanding of the hazards which are intrinsic of a system and/or induced by space operations, and the way they are either eliminated or controlled.
  • Detailed knowledge of the ISS system, subsystems and payloads/experiments, of safety requirements and of their implementation constraints.
  • Comfortable with working in a diverse and multinational team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills are needed, together with a high degree organizational and communication 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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