Head of the Operations Development Division European Space Agency @esa

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*Head of the Operations Development Division*
*Vacancy in the Directorate of Science*

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged.


Head of the Operations Development Division

This post is classified A5 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.


ESAC, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain


The post holder will be assigned to the function of Head of the Operations Development Division in the

Operations Department, Directorate of Science.


Under the direct authority of the Head of Department, the post holder is responsible for developing the science operations of the Directorate’s missions, following scientific requirements set by the respective project teams/scientists. For each mission, the Division is responsible for all activities associated with the pre-launch definition, implementation and verification of science operations as well as for successful completion of their in orbit commissioning and thereafter smooth transfer to the mission operations division.

In performing these tasks, the incumbent will work in close collaboration with other Department and Directorate entities including the Science Support and Management Support Offices and the Future Missions and Science Projects Departments. The post holder is assisted by individual mission teams, each led by a Science Operations Development Manager.


Duties will include:

• defining and optimising science operations for individual missions (including data processing and archiving, mission data products), particularly at the time of mission and instrument design (e.g. for Cosmic Vision missions);

• advising on the resources required to deliver appropriate science operations, negotiating internally and where appropriate externally for the provision of those resources and adequate levels of funding;

• supporting Principal Investigators and projects in defining common technical approaches to ground testing and orbital operations;

• developing, procuring and verifying the science operations systems, tools, software and hardware to be used in the operational phases of missions;

• managing resources, both staff and facilities, within the available cost envelope (including any industrial contracts associated with Division tasks);

• interfacing as needed with Member State entities providing contributions to science ground segment;

• liaising with national and international organisations concerning science operations and data systems;

• monitoring ongoing science operations activities and new concepts for science operations internally and externally for potential relevance to future missions;

• ensuring that Division personnel maintain scientific and technical proficiency for their duties.

*Leadership competencies*

Driving Performance

Developing & Motivating People

Strategic Vision & Business Context

Leading Change

*Behavioural competencies*

Results Orientation

Problem Solving

Planning & Organisation


Relationship Management

*Technical competencies*

Science operations development

Large scientific software systems development

Background in one or more of the following domains: solar systems science, astrophysics, space science

*Additional requirements*

Candidates should have:

• proven experience of leading, motivating and developing large teams in an international scientific

context; experience of managing managers and multiple teams is an asset.

• the ability to provide strategic direction to the individuals and teams within the Division and relate

team objectives to the overall and evolving organisational goals and context;

• the ability to drive performance and foster cooperation within and across teams,;

• demonstrated excellent leadership, relationship management and communication skills;

• a proven track record of interacting with external parties, especially the scientific community and

Principal Investigator teams;

• excellent cognitive, analytical, delegation, planning and organisational skills;

• the ability to anticipate problems, solve complex issues and relate situations to their context;

• the ability to reach solution-oriented, pragmatic and timely decisions of high standard and integrity as

well as support others (team members, upper management, other stakeholders) in this process.


Applicants for this post should have a PhD or equivalent degree in physics, space science, solar system science or astronomy.

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. If you require support with your

application due to a disability, please e-mail contact.human.resources@esa.int.

*The closing date for application is July 21,2017*

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País España
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