The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is an operational EU Agency that provides safe and secure European satellite navigation services, promotes the commercialization of Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus data and services. It also coordinates the EU’s forthcoming governmental satellite communications programme GOVSATCOM. EUSPA is also responsible for the security accreditation of all the Components of the EU Space Programme.
As of 2023, the Agency will be also entrusted with tasks related to the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme, particularly regarding programme security and the delivery of Space Surveillance and Tracking services.
The place of employment for this position is the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre back-up site located in Technological Institute La Marañosa, San Martín de la Vega, Community of Madrid. Madrid is an international city with several things to offer: breathtaking art, complex culture, exquisite food, and rich history. The capital of Spain has excellent connections to the rest of the country, as well as to the rest of the world, and is famous for its vibrant nightlife and welcoming people.
Qualifications We Are Looking For
EUSPA is looking for a Space Surveillance & Tracking (SST) Team Leader who, among other things, will be responsible for the leadership, management, and development of the SST team and its activities.
The jobholder will be entrusted with the following main tasks and responsibilities:
- Lead and manage the SST team promoting growth and engagement of staff;
- Lead, develop and implement the SST activities, in the scope of domains such as the Space Surveillance and Tracking Support Framework and other related space and defence EU initiatives;
- Be responsible for defining, negotiating, coordinating, and monitoring the execution of the required agreements including projects grants, related with the implementation of SST activities;
- Lead the activity outcomes, overall planning and coordination of related projects activities, under different functional grouping (i.e. project management, user engagement, communication; software development and security; operations and reporting), and the use of the dedicated financial resources;
- Ensure SST activities are user-oriented in view to build-up and expand the community of SST Users, aligned with the development of EUSPA’s role, and in close cooperation with Member States;
- Develop and implement SST activities, in synergy and cooperation with internal and external stakeholders, including Member States, European Commission, SST Users among others;
- Acts as a liaison person, when appropriate, for cooperation on SST matters with external entities, and represents EUSPA both at working and decision-making levels (incl. participation to relevant SST Committees);
- Contribute to the strategic planning for the future of EUSPA in SSA as well as in related activities, including for all components of SSA, such as Space Surveillance and Tracking, Space Weather and Near-Earth Objects, and in other areas of development such Space Traffic Management and Space Domain Awareness;
- Liaise with other departments, notably in the area of Administration, to ensure the execution of related corporate tasks, such as planning, reporting, administration, financial & budget management, risk management;
- Contribute to any other tasks of the department as necessary.
The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:
- A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more
A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and at least one year of appropriate professional experience when the normal period of university education is three years
- In addition to the above, appropriate professional experience of at least twelve years after obtaining the required diploma
- Be a national of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland or Norway
- Be entitled to his or her full rights as a citizen
- Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service
- Meet the character requirements for the duties involved
- Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties
- Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post