La European Space Agency (ESA) ricerca un Cyber-Security and Space Programme Accreditation Manager per la sede di ESRIN, Frascati. Data chiusura 5 settembre 2022.

Vacancy in the Director General’s Services.

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

ESRIN, Frascati, Italy


Reporting to the Head of the ESA Security Office (ESO) and supporting the Space Programme Accreditation and Security Engineering Manager, the Cyber-Security and Space Programme Accreditation Manager will be tasked with managing ESA’s cyber-security activities and Space Programme accreditation and certification process, in coordination with the ESA Security Office team members.


Under the direct authority of the Head of the ESA Security Office, the post holder contributes to the Agency’s development of an integrated centralised ESA security approach in terms of Cyber Security and Space Programmes Accreditation/Certification:

  • Management of the Security Accreditation/Certification process for Space Programmes under ESA responsibility, up to the release for the Accreditation/Certification statement;
  • Supporting the Directorates for Accreditation/Certification process for Space Programmes under third-party responsibility, up to the preparation of the Accreditation/Certification dossier to be presented and approved by a third-party accreditation board;
  • Ensuring, in both cases, an accreditation strategy and process coherent and harmonised among the Internal Stakeholder and among the related Space Projects with respect to the ESA Security Regulations, Directives and Strategy;
  • Coordinating the ESO team integrated within specific Space Projects, ensuring the overall accreditation/certification process;
  • Coordinating the ESO team integrated within specific Cyber-security Projects, ensuring the supervision of the correct development and implementation process;
  • Performing risk analysis and threat assessment in order to evaluate from the beginning the Space Project related security posture and potential residual risk;
  • Elaborating, for each Space Project, an Accreditation/Certification strategy;
  • Elaborating for each Space Programme a Cyber Security Strategy;
  • Performing Security Engineering analysis, in order to establish and propose the basic system security technological posture and a minimum set of security requirements;
  • Establishing an Accreditation/Certification qualification plan, identifying the design solution and those requirements to be qualified against the accreditation process;
  • Performing audit and penetration tests in order to monitor and supervise the specific Space Project cyber-security implementation level;
  • Performing security analysis of any baseline deviation potentially affecting the Accreditation/Certification of the space system;
  • Supervising the correct implementation of the cyber-security strategy for each of the space programmes;
  • Providing support to the Head of ESO in all necessary security-related matters;
  • Providing support to the Head of the ESO in maintaining the relationship with the EU institutions ensuring coherency and harmonisation among the EU accreditation body and ESA accreditation process;
  • Maintaining the relationship with the ESA Directorates, ensuring coherency and harmonisation among the Internal Stakeholder security constraints and the ESO accreditation process;
  • Reviewing, from a security perspective, any partnerships with third parties and the establishment of related implementing cooperative frameworks;
  • Providing support to the Head of the ESA Security Office in the elaboration of security-related cooperation strategies and joint objectives with ESA Member States, the European Union or other third party security actors;
  • Maintaining an up-to-date knowledge of space and security in Member States and European institutions for space and security evolutions of relevance to ESA’s activities and programmes.

Technical competencies

General Knowledge of ESA Space Programmes

In-depth Knowledge of Galileo and Copernicus Space Programmes (proven experience of having worked in one or both Space Programmes, as developer or as user)

In-depth knowledge of EU Accreditation process

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


Applicants for this post shall have a Master’s degree in a relevant Engineering discipline.

Additional requirements

Applicants must have significant professional experience in similar technical role.

One or more of the following will be an asset :

  • Experience with CMS (Content Management Systems)
  • Experience with ECM (Enterprise Content Management)
  • Experience with document management systems & technologies (e.g. Microsoft SharePoint)
  • Experience with AI/ML in the domain of NLP (Natural Language Processing)

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA 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 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, Latvia, Lithuania 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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