System and Mission Performance Manager

System and Mission Performance Manager


The Biomass System and Mission Performance Manager will report to the Biomass Project Manager. Biomass is the fourth Core Earth Explorer Mission in the Earth Observation Envelope Programme. Its main objective is to provide first global observations of the distribution of forest biomass and changes in the biomass stock over the mission lifetime. The System and Mission Performance Manager is in charge of the maintenance of the Biomass system requirements, all aspects related to the mission performance including calibration and validation and will be the Project responsible for the ground segment requirements definition and the follow up of the development and validation of the overall ground segment.


  • Defining, consolidating and maintaining the Biomass system requirements, ensuring coherence with mission requirements and constraints;
  • Coordinating with other ESA Biomass Project Team sections to ensure consistency of requirements, designs, testing and performance levels (including end-to-end performance) with system-level needs;
  • Managing industrial activities for system aspects;
  • Assessing and reviewing space segment architecture and design, including identification and analysis of options, trade-offs and design drivers;
  • Defining and maintaining mission-specific ground segment requirements, following up development and validation of the overall ground segment.
  • Performing critical analysis and maintenance of all mission performance budgets and timely instigation of corrective actions where necessary;
  • Ensuring the end-to-end mission performance is compliant with mission requirements, for the specified operations scenarios;
  • Following up mission analysis activities and ensuring compliance with space debris mitigation requirements;
  • Supporting preparation and execution of the cal/val activities;
  • Ensuring timely frequency allocation for the Biomass Mission in coordination with the ESA Frequency Management Office;
  • Liaising with the Mission Advisory Group (MAG) for aspects related to mission requirements, system implementation and performance verification;
  • Following up the end-to-end system calibration, including definition and development of calibration facilities, as required;
  • Monitoring the Biomass mission operations concept;
  • Ensuring a rigorous approach to mission performance validation;
  • Managing the System & Mission Performance team, including the definition of day-to-day tasks and objectives as well as the setting of annual performance objectives and their assessment (including training needs), ensuring staff motivation and commitment to the Project’s goal.


Applicants for this post should have a Master’s degree in Engineering.

Closing date for applications: 06 October 2019.

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Identity Management Engineer

Identity Management Engineer,

Access Control and IT Sourcing Section, End-User Services Division, Information Technology Department, Directorate of Internal Services.


Reporting to the Head of Section, the postholder is responsible for the Identity and Access Management system.

Duties include:

  • ensuring the service is aligned with the business need, managing the Identity and Access Management system lifecycle in conjunction with an operations team,
  • contributing to the configuration and monitoring of Identity and Access Management applications to ensure an optimised, stable  environment,
  • performing data correlation, normalisation and building cohesive identity and access data models for large enterprises,
  • working with internal/external teams to implement IT governance and change management processes to address new functionalities or requirements and resolve recurring operational issues in line with OLAs and SLAs,
  • administering identity and security access for user and functional accounts,
  • resolving account management, user access, connectivity and support issues,
  • following established security policy, procedures and controls to ensure audit compliance,
  • managing proper data owners for access control,
  • creating and updating internal process documentation to ensure alignment with policies and procedures.
Technical competencies
Business intelligence tool
Data mining
Data modelling and database design
IT business process design
Knowledge of SAP solutions
Security auditing standards
Service automation
Behavioural competencies
Customer Focus
Responsible Decision-Making
Relationship Management
Problem Solving
Systems & Broader Business Thinking

Applicants should have a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in IT engineering or in business & administration with a solid work background in the disciplines related to these tasks.

Additional requirements
  • 5+ years’ demonstrated experience in administering Identity and Access management systems including enterprise architecture, platforms, policies, procedures
  • in-depth SAP experience particularly on CUA systems
  • work experience using the IBM IGI tool is an asset
  • certification in at least one mainstream Identity and Access management tool is an advantage
  • experience in business process analysis and automation
  • database knowledge
  • ability to work collaboratively to deliver changes to Identity and Access management systems, tools, documents
  • strong teamwork skills, ability to communicate effectively with technical and business users
  • ability to recognise and focus on critical issues, balance multiple tasks, respond to competing needs within the organisation.

Closing date for applications, 26 September 2019.

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Internal Auditor

Internal Auditor,

in the Internal Audit and Evaluation Service, Director General’s Services.


The main duties and responsibilities consist of conducting audits of the Agency’s activities and management consultancy assignments, in accordance with international professional standard, which includes:

  • assessing the adequacy of the Agency’s governance processes and internal control practices with regard to the objectives of:
    • promoting appropriate ethics and values within ESA;
    • ensuring effective organisational performance management and accountability;
    • ensuring significant risks are assessed and appropriate risk mitigation measures identified and implemented;
  • evaluating the adequacy and effectiveness of controls regarding the:
    • reliability and integrity of financial and operational information;
    • effectiveness and efficiency of operations and programmes;
    • compliance with laws, regulations, policies, procedures, and contracts.
  • analysing potential weaknesses and improvement opportunities regarding the Agency’s governance, risk management, and control processes, elaborating actions plans with the organisational units concerned and follow-up their implementation;
  • conducting investigations into suspected malpractice, as required;
  • performing planning, administrative and management activities in the Internal Audit Service.

Technical competencies

Understanding of Internal Audit concepts

Understanding of the ESA business and its risks

Experience in risk management

Analytical skills

Behavioural competencies

Relationship Management



Results Orientation


Applicants for this post should have a Master’s degree in engineering, business administration or other relevant discipline, with a minimum of three years of experience in Internal Auditing in an international environment.

 Additional requirements

Candidates should be Certified Internal Auditors or equivalent. A certified competence in auditing Management Information Systems will be considered a strong asset. Applicants must demonstrate excellent analytical, communication and coordination skills and the ability to provide quality synthetic output against tight deadlines.

Closing date for applications 27 September 2019

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Climate Applications Scientist

Climate Applications Scientist,

focusing on Land Surface and Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, in the ESA Climate Office, Science, Applications and Climate Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.


Reporting to the Head of the ESA Climate Office, the postholder will work to expand the awareness, use and scientific impact of long-term satellite Earth observation (EO) data records for climate science and applications, in particular for the Land Surface and Terrestrial Carbon Cycle, but also for other Earth system domains.

The incumbent will support and advise on the detailed scientific goals of the various international scientific and operational user communities concerned with international climate research, modelling, adaptation and mitigation activities.

Main tasks:

  • deriving technical specifications for EO-based information related to the terrestrial carbon cycle and land surface, including its interaction with the atmosphere and the hydrosphere, with specific  regard  to  the  requirements  of  climate  users,  e.g.  long-term stability, accuracy, consistency, availability, error-characterisation, and compatibility with climate observations from other (space and non-space) sources;
  • establishing dialogue with specialised climate user communities, analysing their needs for satellite-based observation of the climate system, assessing their feedback on available EO-based information;
  • initiating and monitoring R&D projects to enhance ESA’s capability to generate Climate Data Records that respond to user needs for climate monitoring, reanalysis, modelling, attribution, prediction, trend assessment, and data assimilation;
  • validating the results of such developments with the corresponding climate user;
  • promoting use of EO data for supporting the UNFCCC Global Stocktake commitments decided at COP 21, Paris, in 2015;
  • cooperating with internal and external partner organisations to transfer capabilities developed under a research and demonstration context into an operational and policy driven framework;
  • maintaining links and ensuring coherence with relevant activities of ESA Member States and international partner organisations;
  • contributing to the Agency’s public communications on EO;
  • supporting the work of Young Graduate Trainees and Research Fellows.
Technical competencies
Experience in satellite-based remote sensing retrieval techniques, in particular over land surfaces, and their validation
Knowledge of climate research, in particular related to the land surface and terrestrial carbon cycle and its interaction with the atmosphere
Knowledge of major international initiatives related to Earth Observation and climate research and their assessment and reporting mechanisms (e.g. IPCC, GCOS, CEOS, GEO, UN Environmental Conventions, EU climate activities)
Knowledge of the international scientific community in the field of land surface and terrestrial carbon cycle and associated (large) international scientific research collaborations, preferably using space-based techniques
Behavioural competencies
Problem Solving
Innovation & Creativity

PhD or equivalent degree preferably related to Earth System Science in general and/or the land surface and terrestrial carbon cycle in particular, or any other appropriate scientific field.

Additional requirements
  • At least three years’ work experience post-PhD in related remote-sensing applications development, research, or another relevant position.
  • Particular importance will be attached to a candidate’s personal scientific ability, peer credibility, flexibility and adaptability.
  • Be capable of working effectively in a team with minimum supervision, have excellent communication and presentation skills. Technical and computational knowledge (including machine learning) geared to climate would be an asset.
  • Interacting with the various stakeholders relevant to this position will involve a certain amount of travel. The successful candidate should therefore be prepared to travel frequently.

Closing date for applications: 06 October 2019.

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