Head of the Connectivity Market and Business Intelligence Section

Updated: 30 days ago

ECSAT, Harwell, United Kingdom  


Head of the Connectivity Market and Business Intelligence Section in the Future Programmes Division within the Systems, Strategic Programme Lines and Technology Department in the Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications (D/CSC).

The Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications supports innovation to boost the competitiveness of European industry in the global space market. This involves a wide range of activities, from space-based technology, systems, and products for telecommunications development to the on-Earth application of space-based services, and entails engagement with a wide range of industrial, entrepreneurial, and institutional partners.

Within the Systems, Strategic Programme Lines and Technology Department, the Future Programmes Division is responsible for the management of the ARTES Generic Programme Line Future Preparation; the recommendation of innovative satellite communication concepts and solutions; the elaboration of new disruptive satellite connectivity and secure communications concepts and solutions; the management of technology and system exploration in support of technology work plans and roadmaps; and the technical and programmatic consolidation of new telecommunications system projects in partnership with private and/or public entities. 

The Connectivity Market and Business Intelligence Section is responsible for the analysis and business intelligence of markets and businesses relevant to Connectivity and Secure Communications, as well as for defining and providing market guidance for the Directorate’s programme and business development. As part of our dynamic, collaborative, and passionate team, you will shape the future of the space industry by leading market intelligence, financial analysis, and socioeconomic impact assessments to support the activities of the ESA Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications.


Under the direct authority of the Head of the Future Programmes Division, as the Head of the Connectivity Market and Business Intelligence Section, you will be responsible for the analysis and business intelligence of markets and businesses relevant to Connectivity and Secure Communications and for defining and providing market guidance for the Directorate’s programme and business development.

Your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • leading the gathering and analysis of market and business information in the domains of satellite connectivity, telecommunications and related vertical sectors, generating actionable insights and guidance of relevance to the evolution of the Connectivity and Secure Communication programmes;
  • leading the analysis of trends, opportunities and threats, and the evolution of the business environment in a European context and as part of the global space economy, as well as developments in the USA, China, India and other relevant regions;
  • managing the generation of regular reports on general market evolution and specific reports on aspects of relevance, dedicated to market segments, including the verticalisation of markets and merging of space markets into the wider telecommunications ecosystems;
  • supporting the definition by the Directorate of programme and project proposals in aspects relating to market and business environment;
  • steering market and business intelligence activity to ensure added value to the Directorate for monitoring of the market and business environment; 
  • leading the management, maintenance, and evolution of the CSC Market Intelligence Framework;  
  • leading the generation of socioeconomic impact studies in a harmonised and coordinated manner across the Directorate in support of Connectivity and Secure Communications programme proposals and reporting on the studies to key stakeholders;
  • proposing and implementing market-specific preparatory studies for future strategic programme preparation.

You will also be responsible for identifying, assessing, managing and reporting the health and safety risks in your area of responsibility.

Technical Competencies

Market analysis and business intelligence in the European and global space and telecommunications sectors

Knowledge of institutional and commercial SATCOM markets and applications

Understanding of satcom technology trends

Experience with modern business analysis and intelligence frameworks and tools

Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes

Knowledge of the European satcom industry and competitive positioning in the global environment

Behavioural competencies

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


A master’s degree in a relevant domain is required for this post.

Additional requirements

Direct experience of working with a commercial satellite telecommunications company in an international environment will be a distinct advantage.

You should, in addition, have:

  • the potential to manage individuals or a team; 
  • the ability to organise individual and team activities and ensure a motivating work environment;
  • strong leadership capabilities, with proven relationship management and communication skills;
  • the ability to drive your team’s performance, developing your people by encouraging learning, delegating responsibility and giving regular and constructive feedback;
  • strong problem-solving skills to deal with day-to-day operational challenges, together with demonstrated planning and organisational skills;
  • a strong result orientation with the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions both orally and in writing;
  • the ability to manage challenging situations proactively and constructively and to be customer-focused.

People management experience is an asset, as is international experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusiveness 
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.

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 via email at [email protected] .

Important Information and Disclaimer
Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.

During the recruitment process, the Agency may request applicants to undergo selection tests. Additionally, successful candidates will need to undergo basic screening before appointment, which will be conducted by an external background screening service, in compliance with the European Space Agency's security procedures.

Note that ESA is in the process of transitioning to a Matrix setup, which could lead to organisational changes affecting this position.

The information published on ESA’s careers website regarding working conditions is correct at the time of publication. It is not intended to be exhaustive and may not address all questions you would have. 

Nationality and Languages 
Please note that applications can only be 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 *. 

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.
*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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