Product Assurance and Safety Manager

Updated: about 3 hours ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 12 Dec 2022

Vacancy in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

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 is a non-renewable post for a limited duration of four years and is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale .

This opportunity has been opened to meet the specific needs for a national project. Accordingly, the external candidate selected for this post will continue to be considered an external candidate for the purpose of any future applications to the Agency.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands , with possible resident assignment in industry


If selected for this position, you will work mainly on the activities related to the Spanish QKD Mission project, for which ESA is providing technical assistance. The project is part of Spain’s resilience and recovery facility plans, which aim to enhance its capabilities in satellite technologies and applications.

You will be assigned as integrated support from the Product Assurance and Safety Department to the Directorate of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications within the Product Assurance and Safety Office, and will report hierarchically to the Head of the TIA Product Assurance and Safety Office and functionally to the relevant TIA-P Project Manager of the projects assigned in carrying out the role.

To ensure maintenance of professional standards, implementation of the ESA general PA&S* policy and for contributions to corporate tasks (e.g. reviews, standardisation, alerts, lessons learned, etc.), you will report to the Head of the Product Assurance and Safety Department through the Head of the TIA Product Assurance and Safety Office.


Specific responsibilities and duties include:

•    establishment and maintenance of the tailored PA&S requirements baseline for assigned contracts in compliance with the general ESA PA&S policy;
•    reviewing contractors’ plans, specifications and effort proposed for the execution of the project PA&S;

•    guiding and monitoring the implementation of PA&S requirements by contractors in order to assess performance and effectiveness, participating in design and safety reviews and directing the necessary preventive or corrective actions;

•    planning, coordinating and monitoring the assigned PA&S workforce providing support to the project team;

•    representing ESA in the Boards established for reviews (failure reviews, test reviews, etc.) and in the disposition of non-conformances, anomalies, etc.;

•    guiding and monitoring the application and procurement of electrical, electronic and electromechanical (EEE) parts, materials and processes and controlling implementation of applicable requirements;

•    ensuring the implementation of the software PA requirements baseline;

•    ensuring the preparation of design trade-offs, analyses and reports using reliability, availability, maintainability and safety (RAMS) data to support project decisions;

•    monitoring the manufacturing, integration and test activities with quality assurance audits, mandatory and key inspection points, test witnessing and configuration inspections;

•    defining the formal acceptance requirements and conducting the acceptance reviews of all contractual deliverable items;

•    reviewing contractors’ PA&S analyses and safety data packages, ensuring that they are available at planned dates to support the safety review schedule, in coordination with the safety authorities; 

•    providing support for the tracking of the overall implementation of PA&S verifications;

•    supervising the performance of the contractor PA&S activities during launch campaigns.

In the execution of these tasks, you will be supported by experts from the project team and the ESA Directorate of Technical and Quality Management.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of Product Assurance, Safety and Quality Management disciplines

Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews

Experience with the application of product assurance tools and methods

Knowledge and experience in the technical domains covered by the position

Experience with Space Quality Standards and their preparation and implementation

Behavioural competencies

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


A master’s degree in engineering is required for this post.

Additional requirements

Understanding and experience of telecommunications missions in partnership with operators and/or industry.
A minimum of five years’ experience in product assurance and safety.
Experience in product assurance and safety is required.

Other information

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

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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 at .


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 or balanced 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. 

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.

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States. ​

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