Future EO Missions System Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [9574]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems 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 Future EO Missions System Engineer 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 – an opportunity that launches your career into orbit!

The scope of this manpower contract is the provision of system engineering support to the Future Missions and Instruments Division (EOP-FM) for Mission and System Studies.


  • Support the definition and monitoring of activities for the preparation of future ESA Earth Observation (EO) missions, in particular for Copernicus Sentinels, new Earth Explorer/Earth Watch missions, Opportunity Missions, F-sats and Scout missions and operational meteorology missions.
  • Provide system engineering support to InCubed upstream missions.
  • Review Technical Notes and actively participate to progress meetings and reviews related to EO future mission and system studies.
  • Support elaboration of SoWs, system requirements documents (SRD) and other applicable and reference documents for future mission and system studies.
  • Contributing to ensure the technical coherency of the system design of future EO missions, including, as needed, functional analysis and design, overall system concept, system level budgets, system performance analyses, definition of spacecraft and/or payload subsystems and related data processing, and interfaces between payload/platform and launcher and ground segment.
  • Perform internal studies for future EO missions, in particular to assess the results of external activities or to prepare the formulation of new mission concepts, including preliminary sizing of platform/payload, first estimation of the system engineering and performance budgets, with focus on the space segment and its interfaces with the launcher and the ground segment.
  • Perform internal studies to evaluate the complementarity between ESA EO future missions and other missions (existing or planned by other space organisations), including mission analysis and assessment of potential synergy or overlap of mission capabilities.
  • Support work in the area of modelling of system or sub-system aspect for end-to-end performance simulation and system engineering tools for future EO missions.


  • At least Master level (or equivalent) in a relevant technical or scientific discipline (e.g. Space system engineering).
  • Good general knowledge of ESA Earth Observation missions.
  • Strong and demonstrated background in space system engineering and mission analysis, in particular for Earth Observation missions.
  • Experience in space projects, preferably in the Earth Observation field and/or in preparatory activities (phase 0 and A).
  • Experience with simulation tools, including Matlab, Python, MS Excel with VBA and STK.
  • Good communication and technical writing skills with capabilities to synthesis.
  • Methodical and proactive, with initiative and capability to work autonomously.
  • Problem-solving and creativity-oriented attitude.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.
  • Experience in space system design, mission analysis and small platform sizing is an asset.
  • Knowledge of Earth Observation remote sensing techniques is an asset.
  • Experience with MATLAB, STK and MS Excel is an asset Excellent interpersonal skills are needed, together with a high degree organizational and communication abilities.
  • Comfortable with working in a diverse and multinational team environment.
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.



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.

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