Vacancy in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.
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This post is classified A5 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.
ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Head of the System Architect Office, Future Missions and Architecture Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.
Under the direct authority of the Head of the Future Missions and Architecture Department, as Head of the System Architect Office, you will be responsible for establishing and maintaining a reference architecture for European Earth Observation (EO) systems, encompassing all ESA Earth Observation missions (Earth Explorers, Sentinels, meteorological missions, third-party missions and scouts) and taking account of European, national and commercial systems as well as systems of international partner agencies.
To that end, in close dialogue with users and stakeholders, you will conduct system-of-systems engineering analyses to assess the scientific, technological, industrial and operational synergies of various Earth observation missions, as well as relevant non-space systems, for example HAPs and in-situ networks, with the aim of maximising the return on investment in future Earth observation missions to increase their attractiveness and expand the user base. To achieve the latter objective, you will explore new domains of Earth observation with an observatory function to permanently search for innovation with an active external network to gather information on technology evolution, including benchmarking against other organisations.
You will conduct periodical observation gap analyses to be used in formulating EOP strategy. You will maintain and update the end-to-end system requirements of the Copernicus Space Component (CSC) based on European Union and Member State user requirements.
You will define the strategy for preparing the evolution of the CSC and its system architecture, including “make or buy” trade-offs and establishing and maintaining the CSC long-term scenario accordingly. EOP-FA promotes broad-based teamwork with staff from all EOP departments and other ESA directorates to achieve these goals.
Your duties will include:
You will actively work to ensure the well-being, motivation, training and career progression of the Office workforce, incentivising transparency, information flow and coordination with other units within the Directorate.
A master’s degree in a relevant engineering discipline is required.
A successful track record in Earth observation system activities is required, preferably in an international context.
You should also have:
People management experience is an asset, as is international experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities.
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The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required.
Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.
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