Applications Engineer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, Harwell, The NetherlandsUnited Kingdom (UK), Serco Europe [9826]

Field(s) of expertise
Project and Service Management 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.

On behalf of our client, the European Space Agency, we are looking for a skilled Applications Engineer to join our team at the esteemed ESA-ECSAT site, in Harwell, UK. 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!

Please note that the position can be located in either Harwell, UK, or Noordwijk, Netherlands.

The Business Application and Space Solutions Department implements the Space Solutions Programme. ESA Space Solutions operates two main production lines: Application Projects (“Business Applications”) and Business Incubation Centres (“BIC”). As part of this, the Study and Project Management Office our team of engineers are in charge of the implementation of all ARTES Applications/Services Feasibility Studies and Applications Projects.  You will work with new Space Businesses and Applications to ensure they have a comprehensive road to market, assess the validity of their business model and help them through the ESA process.


  • Identification and characterization of new services and applications exploiting current and next generation of space systems (e.g. Satcom, Earth Observation and Satellite Navigation) and their integration in non-space domains.
  • Assessment of the technical and operational requirements applicable to space-based applications and their integration with terrestrial solutions to support the identified services and applications in an end-to-end context.
  • Evaluation of industrial proposals.
  • Implement activities with industry, operators, application providers and user communities addressed to develop, validate and promote the utilisation of space-based assets.
  • Development and implementation of methodologies and tools for the assessment of end-to-end performance of multimedia applications.
  • Analysis and assessment of the business and regulatory aspects associated with the launch and commercial operations of satellite-based applications and services.


  • Master’s Degree in Engineering from a relevant domain.
  • 4-5 years of relevant work experience, including working in space industry (the NewSpace industry is a plus).
  • Sound knowledge of the overall space applications market, and specific experience in specifying, developing, evaluating and promoting applications making use of satellites..
  • Significant experience in satellite and possibly in terrestrial systems requirements analysis, design, implementation and operations, and associated management experience
  • Familiarity with downstream space services and applications and with relevant space technologies (i.e. satellite communications, navigation and earth observation) is an asset.
  • Good business acumen is an asset.
  • Experience in the evaluation of proposals.
  • Experience with space (application) projects feasibility studies.
  • Knowledge of ESA and in particular various TIA space applications and ESA S2 programs is considered as an asset.
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • High standard of document drafting
  • 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 UK or NL.




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.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.


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