Applications Developer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [2234]

Field(s) of expertise
Software Engineering
Job type

About this job

Serco is a leading Space Services Provider with thousands of skilled resources that has supported over 50 space missions on behalf of more than 10 Space or Government agencies around the globe, including the ESA and NASA. Serco offers space capability across the full space lifecycle from satellite testing to Launch services, LEOP to spacecraft operations, space surveillance to data management, and supporting downstream application development. With over 55 years history in the space sector Serco is well placed to contribute to National strategies and New Space ventures who want to scale their businesses/organizations with skilled talent.

We are looking for a dynamic Application Developer to join our team at the esteemed ESA-ESTEC site in the Netherlands. Step into a remarkable role that grants you access to one of the globe’s highly coveted space agencies.


  • Implementation of software requirements under the current architectural design in agreement with the best software engineering practices and ESA.
  • Maintenance of software implementations, changes, upgrades and migrations in the related source code management tool.
  • Maintenance of the current development, testing and production environment in relation with the developed software.
  • Orchestrate and perform unit testing and user acceptance sessions prior to any release related to the developed software.
  • Support user community on their day-to-day operations related to the developed software.
  • Liaise with the team members and external teams for interfaces and implementations related to the developed software.
  • Organize and/or attend team or external meetings, related with the implementation, evolution and support of the developed software.
  • Support product owners in producing software requirements.


  • Vocational Degree or equivalent.
  • Interest in low-code platforms, preferably Oracle APEX.
  • Knowledge of SQL, preferably PL/SQL.
  • Experience in development through all aspects of a Web application (UI frontend technologies – Javascript, CSS, jQuery) down to the database level.
  • Experience designing and implementing interfaces between applications / systems (REST Web Services, not limited to).
  • Good knowledge of more than 1 programming language, eager to learn and adapt / switch.
  • Good knowledge of Power BI and Azure Data Factory.
  • Good knowledge of version control systems, particularly Git in combination with Gitlab.
  • Experience with DevOps processes and frameworks
  • Ability to support users directly either through phone calls or e-mails.
  • Capable of clear and accurate written and verbal communications.

Mandatory experience:

  • 3 years professional experience with SQL.
  • Professional experience low-code platforms.
  • Professional experience with Power BI.
  • Professional experience with version control systems.
  • Professional experience with user-support.

Nice to have:

  • Experience in database and query tuning / performance.
  • Experience setting up own application platform environment (installation and configuration of Database, Web Server..).
  • Identify opportunities to maintain and optimize database performance (maybe nice to have).
  • Experience with Microsoft Office platform (Excel, Word)
  • Experience with all stages of software development, including pre-delivery Q&A (designing / participation in User Acceptance Tests) and deployment.
  • Experience with lifecycle of Oracle database systems and related technologies (perform installation in new environments, upgrade existing ones).
  • Professional experience with Azure (Data Factory, Spark, Storage).
  • Professional experience with data warehousing projects.


Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.


What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Comprehensive package of benefits offered by the company.
  • Assistance with relocation can be provided, details available upon request.
  • Engaging company events to foster team spirit.
  • Reimbursement of public transport expenses.
  • Access to a variety of sports and recreational activities at ESTEC Escape Recreation Centre.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.


Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.


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