Space Rider Ground Segment Manager
Frascati, Italy
2 gg fa


Vacancy in the Directorate of Space Transportation.

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Space Rider Ground Segment Manager

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


ESRIN, Frascati, Italy


Space Rider Ground Segment Manager in the Space Rider Programme Team, Directorate of Space Transportation


You will report to the Space Rider Programme Manager and be responsible for technical and programmatic implementation of the ground segment activities.

Your duties will include :

  • managing ground segment end-to-end system definition, adaptation / development, qualification and operation, including payload-related interface specification in coordination with the Payload and Exploitation Manager;
  • managing ground segment system engineering and synthesis aspects, including Mission Control Centres for in-orbit operations and re-entry, mission operations simulator, ground stations, telemetry kits, communication network, radar stations, landing site facilities, refurbishment facilities, and ZLV facilities;
  • managing ground segment end-to-end system manufacturing, assembly, integration and verification, including integrated system testing;
  • managing ground segment aspects concerning end-to-end system AIT assembly, integration and testing activities, in coordination with the System AIT Manager, Space Segment Manager and Payloads Manager;
  • managing ground segment specific refurbishment, reusability, operability and maintainability aspects, including turn-around cycles and readiness for subsequent flights.
  • You will be an integral part of the team organisation, supported by the focal point functions in the Vega and Space Rider programmes team, including the expertise available in their technical areas of origin, complemented by the technical support functions provided by ESA (TEC and OPS), ASI and CNES as needed.

    Technical competencies

    Experience in the definition and implementation of complex space missionsExperience in the design, development, qualification, assembly, integration, testing of ground segment systems and components for launcher systems and / or orbital platforms and / or re-entry systems, and related technologiesExperience in the preparation, negotiation and execution of complex industrial contracts, including assessment of industrial deliverables (i.

    e. hardware, software, models, documentation, ) prior to formal review and acceptance processesExperience in the preparation and execution of major ESA reviews for the development and qualification of ground segments

    Behavioural competencies

    Result Orientation

    Operational Efficiency

    Fostering Cooperation

    Relationship Management

    Continuous Improvement


    A Master’s degree in engineering is required

    Additional requirements

    You should also have :

  • excellent technical knowledge of operational ground systems;
  • demonstrated project development experience;
  • demonstrated negotiating skills;
  • knowledge of the Agency’s procurement approval and implementation process;
  • knowledge of the Agency’s project implementation process;
  • excellent cognitive, analytical, 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;
  • the ability to foster teamwork.
  • Previous experience in managing operational ground segment development, and in Space Rider activities including precursor elements, is an asset for the position.

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