Programme Advisor - European Space Agency (ESA)

Programme Advisor - European Space Agency (ESA)

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Programme Advisor

Job Req ID     :  17686

Closing Date    :  18 June 2023 23:59 CET/CEST

Publication      :  Internal & External

Vacancy Type   :  Permanent

Date Posted      :  26 May 2023

Vacancy in the Director General's Services.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  


Programme Advisor in the Chief Agency Programme Advisor Office, Inspector General’s Office, Director General’s Services.

You will be part of a group of senior experts (“ESA Rapid Reaction Force”), responsible for  organising, conducting and participating in a wide range of independent reviews and enquiry boards of ESA activities in support of relevant directorates or as requested by DG-I. 


Under the direct authority of the Chief Agency Programme Advisor, in the execution of your duties, you will be:

  • responsible for providing rapid, cross?Agency response to mission critical engineering and programmatic issues and proactively identifying, avoiding and mitigating risks; 
  • performing peer reviews on technical and programmatic matters of Agency-wide relevance; 
  • executing enquiry boards, independent assessments and other ad hoc technical and/or programmatic investigations at the request of the Inspector General;
  • proposing methodologies, standards and tools aimed at supporting the delivery of high-performance projects – including NewSpace;
  • organising and conducting ad-hoc assessments, key reviews, technical and programmatic investigations of programmes/projects, and providing support to resource assessments and integrated project reviews; 
  • performing assessment and review of Agency-wide risk registers and processes. 

Technical competencies

Knowledge of spacecraft system engineering, instrumentation and operations

Knowledge of mission risks, costs and schedule aspects

Knowledge of project management

Knowledge of ESA and mission/spacecraft development, verification and procurement processes

Knowledge in the field of programme reviews, procurement processes and standards

Knowledge of risk management & process

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking


You should have a master’s degree in engineering and/or management.

Additional requirements

You should also have:

  • the ability to provide strategic direction to individuals and teams in order to delivery complex projects within adopted performances, cost and schedule and other constraints and propose improvements as needed;
  • the ability to reach solution-oriented, pragmatic and timely decisions;
  • solid communication skills, ability to interface and network with people at all levels.

Several years of hands-on experience in space project environment is considered an asset.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

For further information please visit: ProfessionalsWhat we offer and FAQ   

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.     

The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities.  Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace.  The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States*.  

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service. 

In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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