Safety Engineer for ISS Systems & Payloads (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Sapienza Consulting

Field(s) of expertise
Quality-Product Assurance & CM Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

Sapienza Consulting is recruiting a Safety Engineer to work on site at the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality at ESA-ESTEC in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.


  • Support the ESA Safety Review Panel chairman in the conduct of ESA safety reviews for the certification of International Space Station systems and payloads;
  • Provide technical support to projects for the interpretation of safety requirements and the preparation of the safety review data package;
  • Perform ESA Safety Review Panel secretarial tasks for data package distribution, reviews planning and logistics, collection of reviewers inputs, issue of official ESRP minutes of meeting ensuring that they are executed according to the process requirements in SSP 30599 and the complementary ESA processes;
  • Perform preliminary assessment of safety data package readiness for review;
  • Track and process action items responses and safety verifications closeouts;
  • Upload of documentation in NASA and ESA databases;
  • Assess safety analyses and safety compliance data packages prepared by cargo items providers (industrial contractors, experimenters, National Agencies, ISS commercial users) and provide detailed written feedback;
  • Support safety review meetings as Operations Safety panel expert;
  • Review the implementation of entries in the ESA Operations Control Agreement Database (eOCAD);
  • Provide readiness inputs and certification for pre-SORR meeting;
  • Support ESA in the review of ISS Change Requests relevant to Safety requirements;
  • Coordinate and ensure timely ESRP approval of yellow tags;
  • Execute any other safety engineering related task upon request of the ESA Technical Responsible;
  • Provide support to the ESRP Chairperson for the aspect associated to resolution of technical issues and conduction of safety reviews;
  • Support, as required, human spaceflight safety related interface activities with ISS international partners (e.g. preparation and participation to the Multilateral Mission Assurance and Safety Control Board (MSMACB), pre-Stage Operations Readiness Review meetings, preparation and processing of safety NCRs, technical issues discussions, etc.);
  • Prepare weekly report on the executed safety engineering activities;
  • Prepare monthly ESRP report.


  • Master’s Degree in Engineering;
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience;
  • Relevant experience in the design and engineering of safety critical systems;
  • Hands-on knowledge of the safety analyses and methodologies;
  • Experience in human spaceflight safety with emphasis on the application of ISS safety requirements and processes;
  • Good interpersonal, organization and communication skills, with the ability to work in a diverse team environment;
  • Knowledge of ISS systems, subsystems and payloads, of ISS safety requirements and their related implementation;
  • Extended understanding of the hazard which are intrinsic of a system and /or induced by space operations, and the way they are eliminated or controlled;
  • Knowledge of the way safety data are generated, validated and retained in support of the ISS programme safety certification;
  • Knowledge of Configuration Management;
  • Familiarity with space product assurance practices is an advantage;
  • Capacity to handle complex situations and complex environment;
  • Extensive knowledge of system safety engineering principle, methods and processes;
  • Knowledge of ESA and NASA safety certification process, including verification methods and procedures, would be an asset;
  • Knowledge of ISS operations environment;
  • Fluent in English; knowledge of another ESA member-state language is an asset.