Earth Explorers Programme Manager

ESA is seeking its Earth Explorers Programme Manager

Play a part in facing tomorrow's most pressing environmental challenges: by learning more about our planet we can better predict the effects of global change and respond to the issues that humankind will face in the coming decades.

The post as Earth Explorers Programme Manager in the European Space Agency's Earth Observation Directorate is becoming vacant.

If you have extensive experience in the management and development of complex space programmes or interaction at the highest level with the European space industry, including contract negotiation and project and technical management, this opportunity could be for you! To apply click here:

You will be responsible for the overall management of Earth Explorer missions and for leading the teams responsible for the design and implementation of space segments up to and including launch and in-orbit verification. You will also contribute to other ad hoc missions: Earth Watch and those carried out by Member States at national level where ESA is asked to provide management and technical assistance. You will be assisted by project managers and by the project control, management support and system support functions. You will liaise closely with the Director and other programmes, departments and offices within the Directorate of Earth Observation.

What are ESA's Earth Explorer missions?

ESA's Earth Explorer missions provide an important contribution to the global endeavour to further our understanding of our planet. The Explorers are research missions designed to address key scientific challenges identified by the Earth science community, while demonstrating breakthrough technology in observation techniques. This user-driven process of mission selection has given the Earth science community an efficient tool for advancing the understanding of the Earth's systems. The science questions addressed also form the basis for development of new applications for Earth observation.

To date, the Earth Explorers family includes the following missions: GOCE: ESA's gravity mission, SMOS: ESA's water mission, CryoSat: ESA's ice mission, Swarm: ESA's magnetic field mission, Aeolus: ESA's wind mission, EarthCARE: ESA's cloud and aerosol mission, Biomass: ESA's forest mission, FLEX: ESA's photosynthesis mission, FORUM and Earth Explorer 10 future missions.

Additional requirements

Applicants should have a Master's degree or equivalent qualification in engineering or physics.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required.

You may be required to undergo aptitude testing, including recognised psychometric testing as well as problem-solving and decision-making exercises.

The closing date for applications is Friday 3 January 2020.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please 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 and Slovenia.

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