Mission Analysis and Software Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting [EOPB183]

Field(s) of expertise
Earth Observation
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting, a Serco company, is recruiting a Mission Analysis and Software 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.

The focus of this job will be on the technical management of existing and new multiplatform software developments within the EOP-PE Division, in coordination with the Head of EOP System Analysis and of Ground System offices. The main existing SW projects consists of multi platform graphic/GUI, CLI application and SW libraries (details can be found at http://eop-cfi.esa.int): Mission SW CFI, DFDL4S library, openSF, S2G Data Viewer, etc.


  • Gathering and defining requirements from internal and external users.
  • Preparation of Statement of Work and Requirement Documents as input to procurement process.
  • Reviewing of technical and management part of SW development proposals.
  • Configuration Management at ESTEC for the delivered SW.
  • Management/administration/maintenance of the anomaly tracking system (Mantis), the CM (Git) and the CI system (Jenkins).
  • Administration of anomalies/SPR at ESTEC.
  • Providing first line help-desk functions to SW users.
  • Investigation of anomalies.
  • Participation in Anomaly Review Boards.
  • Review of Contractors’ acceptance Test Plan and Procedures.
  • Review of deliverable documentation (SUM, Develop. Manual, ICD, etc).
  • Definition and execution of independent Validation Tests at ESTEC.
  • Software Packaging and for delivery to external entities and drafting of Release Notes.
  • Administration/maintenance of the SW delivery web pages of the division.
  • Participation to SW Acceptance.
  • Research and advise the H/GS Office as well as the H/System Analysis Office on latest state-of-the-art SW development technologies, libraries, frameworks as well as on SW architecture and design.
  • Support System and Mission Analysis tasks required by EO Projects.
  • Design, code, test and run Software multiplatform tools for these activities.
  • Document these activities to Projects.


  • Master’s degree or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Ability to work autonomously and with rigor within the boundaries of assigned tasks and stringent schedule and supervise Contractor’s activity accordingly.
  • Extremely solid experience relevant to the task description in particular with the SW skills related to multi language (C, C++, Java, Python) and multi-platform (LINUS, OSX, Windows) development and related development tools/environments.
  • Knowledge of main graphical frameworks (e.g. Eclipse RCP, QT) as well as of virtualization and containerization techniques (Docker, VM, Singularity)
  • Experience with the EO application domains (processors, mission planning, E2E simulators) and with ESA SW procurement process is considered an asset.
  • Capability and willingness to understand specific EO algorithms (orbital mechanics or data processing) as needed.
  • 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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