GNSS Security Engineer

Prague, Czech Republic
Industry Sector:
International Public Sector
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GNSS Security Engineer

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Deadline for applications: 05/11/2018 11:59 a.m. (GMT+2)

Type of Contract: Temporary Agent

Grade/Function Group: AD7

Place of employment :Prague (Czech Republic)

Contract Duration: 5 years with possibility of renewal


The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for the operations and service provision for the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) EGNOS and Galileo. By developing a new generation of GNSS, Europe is laying the foundation for new high-technology industry development, leading to job creation and economic growth. These European flagship space programmes, which embody what can be achieved when Europe works together, are already bringing real benefits to people and business in Europe and around the world.

The GSA’s core mission is to ensure that European citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. The Agency does this by:

  • Designing and enabling services that fully respond to user needs, while continuously improving the European GNSS services and infrastructure
  • Managing the provision of services that ensure user satisfaction in the most cost efficient manner
  • Engaging market stakeholders to develop innovative and effective applications, value-added services and user technology that promote the achievement of full European GNSS adoption
  • Ensuring that European GNSS services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible

In this context, the Security Department proactively contributes to the fulfilment of GSA missions by providing the security expertise and support in order to (1) achieve successful security accreditation of the systems, (2) secure programmes’ implementation and exploitation and (3) ensure a wide, secure and sustainable use of the Public Regulated Service (PRS).

Among others, the Security Department has the responsibility of the following tasks:

  • Galileo Security Accreditation: The Accreditation Team of the Security Department supports the GSA Security Accreditation Board (SAB) for the European GNSS. The GSA chairs and supports also the SAB subordinates bodies like the Galileo Security Accreditation Panel (GSAP) and the Crypto Distribution Authority (CDA).
  • GNSS Security Requirements and Standards: Defining the security requirements and following up on their implementation in all GSA contracts related to Galileo and EGNOS exploitation activities. This also includes the preparation of the security accreditation files for the system and services to be submitted to the GNSS Security Accreditation Authority (SAB). The task is performed by a specific team in close collaboration with the GSA Galileo and EGNOS Exploitation teams.
  • PRS User Segment: The GSA supports the development of the PRS User Segment with specific technological projects. The Agency also collaborates with the European Commission in technical and secretariat activities related to the management of the Working Groups established by the European GNSS Security Board.
  • Central Security Office: The Central Security Office (CSO) implements (and monitors the correct implementation of) the European Commission’s internal security rules applicable to the GSA, as laid down in Commission Decision (EU, Euratom) 2015/444. This office also assumes the functions of the Agency’s Central EU Classified Information (EUCI) Registry, and supports the other teams of the Security Department, as well as the whole Agency, in the handling of EUCI and in maintaining the accreditation of the internal Agency’s infrastructure and IT assets. The CSO oversees the implementation of the security rules in the GSA Headquarter located in Prague (Czech Republic) as well as other GSA facilities.


The GNSS Site Security Engineer will actively contribute to the fulfilment of the Agency’s duties related to the following main areas:

  • Security support to the preparation of the security accreditation files for Galileo services, system and sites
  • Security engineering support to exploitation activities of Galileo

His/her main tasks and responsibilities will in principle include:

  • Support the security accreditation process of Galileo; maintain the schedule of accreditation activities; contribute to the preparation of accreditation files and security risks analysis for the exploitation phases and the associated risks treatment plans
  • Follow up the tasks performed by Galileo contractors in the preparation of the security accreditation files for Galileo
  • Support to the development, review and continuous update of the Galileo security baseline along the different service milestones, ensuring that the related security documentation is properly maintained
  • Support to GSA procurements (mainly those related to site hosting, infrastructure and operations) and assess the impact of changes to the security baseline
  • Monitoring the implementation of the existing Galileo contracts security baseline
  • Participate to technical reviews related to security aspects
  • Participate to on-site security audits/visits when necessary
  • Contribute to the establishment and continuous update of the Statement of Compliance to the applicable security requirements; follow-up to corresponding actions
  • Follow up on the implementation of the security measures/treatment plans
  • Technical support to the Commission, its GNSS Security Board and associated working groups when necessary
  • Draft technical notes and reports on Galileo security aspects
  • Liaise with the GSA Galileo Services and Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) teams and provide security engineering support upon request and according to their needs
  • Contribute to other tasks of the Department as necessary

The position is based at the GSA headquarters in Prague (Czech Republic) and might require regular travels in Europe and worldwide. The position includes liaison with Local National Accreditation Authorities and GSA contractors. The above tasks and responsibilities will be conducted in English.



The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:

A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more


A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and at least one year of appropriate professional experience when the normal period of university education is three years

  1. In addition to the above, appropriate professional experience of at least six years
  2. Be a national of a Member State of the European Union
  3. Be entitled to his or her full rights as citizen
  4. Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service
  5. Meet the character requirements for the duties involved
  6. Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties
  7. Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post


All eligible applications, according to the afore-mentioned criteria, will be assessed against the requirements listed below.

The Selection Board responsible for this selection will determine the criteria to be assessed in the various phases of the selection procedure (assessment of the application forms, interview and written test) prior to being granted access to the names of the applicants. At least all essential criteria will be assessed during the applications evaluation phase.

Please note that non-compliance with any of the essential requirements may result in the exclusion of the candidate from the selection process. Advantageous requirements constitute additional assets and will not result in exclusion, if not fulfilled.

When filling the application form, candidates are expected to include elements that demonstrate that their profile matches the requirements below.

Essential requirements

  1.  University degree in exact sciences, such as engineering, physics, mathematics or computer science
  2. Experience in the fields required to perform the tasks described
  3. Experience in the field of information and network security (e.g. secure design, operations, security risk management and/or security accreditation)
  4. Excellent command of both written and spoken English

Advantageous requirements

  1. Experience in security accreditation and/or in security auditing
  2. Experience in methodologies and tools for security risk assessment (e.g.: EBIOS, PILAR)
  3. Previous experience in handling classified material, including issues related to EU or national security and preferably holding a valid Personnel Security Clearance at or above the EU SECRET level
  4. Relevant certifications (e.g. CISSP, GIAC, ISO 27000, ISACA)
  5. Knowledge (by training or experience) of the security aspects of the European GNSS programme

Behavioural competencies

  1.  Motivation
  2. Excellent communication skills
  3. Customer service mind-set
  4. Working with others
  5. Ability to deliver results under pressure
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The GSA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness, by:
- Designing and enabling services that fully respond to user needs, while continuously improving the European GNSS services and Infrastructure;
- Managing the provision of quality services that ensure user satisfaction in the most cost-efficient manner;

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