System and Concurrent Design Facility Engineer - ESTEC


System and Concurrent Design Facility Engineer - ESTEC


Noordwijk, Netherlands

Would you like to be part of our specialist services group, who have been providing engineering support to space agencies and prime contractors for more than 40 years?

For our customer, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are seeking an experienced space Product Assurance Engineer with experience of the space segment to work at ESA’s ESTEC site in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Job description

You will be assigned to ESA/ESTEC’s Systems and Concurrent Engineering Section within the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management (D/TEC).


You will support the section activities in the areas of Systems and Concurrent Engineering (CE). In particular, you will have the following tasks and responsibilities:

Support to Projects and Programmes:

  • providing systems engineering support and consultancy to ESA projects, programmes and studies, including the areas of concern to Clean Space and Digitalisation and throughout all the project phases;
  • supporting project reviews and evaluation of proposals;
  • developing and promoting digitalisation of systems engineering, model-based systems engineering (MBSE) and Clean Space and infusing them into projects.

Concurrent Engineering Activities in CDF:

  • participating in feasibility studies conducted in the CDF, in the role of Systems Engineer and/or Team Leader;
  • developing and improving tools and methods for systems and concurrent engineering;
  • proposing, developing and encouraging new applications of the concurrent engineering approach, fostering multidisciplinary activities with an emphasis on innovative concepts, cutting-edge technologies and systems architectures.

R&D and Technology Development:

  • contributing to the formulation and implementation of the ESA technology strategy, supporting the definition of work plans for R&D;
  • ensuring the promotion, coordination, follow-up and selection of technology activities;
  • defining, initiating and managing R&D activities within the ESA's technology programmes, covering both long- and short-term needs;
  • monitoring scientific and technological trends for systems and concurrent engineering and maintaining the corresponding state-of-the-art expertise.


  • contributing to the improvement of standardisation in systems and concurrent engineering, via ESA internal processes, lessons learned and liaising to ECSS.

Knowledge management:

  • contributing to promote systems and concurrent engineering across the Agency and to its partners;
  • contributing to the capture and dissemination of knowledge and lessons learned across the Agency.

Duties may also include supporting other activities requiring systems engineering skills.

This is a full-time position located at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The requested start of work is April 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

What’s our company like?

We are an international company representing world class expertise, delivering complex and high-tech products and services. We value our colleagues and our meaningful contributions to securing people through advanced technology.

You will be part of the Terma Space Division which has for 50 years delivered mission-customized software and hardware products including power systems and star trackers as well as services to the European space market. We have supported a large number of pioneering European scientific and Earth Observation satellite missions and continue to be contracted for the development and delivery of software and hardware systems and services for numerous ongoing and future European, and international missions.

Terma Space operates out of Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Romania, and the UK.

How to succeed in this position?

The successful candidate shall have:

  • Master degree or equivalent qualification in Engineering or Physics;
  • At least 4 years of relevant post-graduate professional experience;
  • A solid background in spacecraft systems and space mission architecture design;
  • Experience in systems engineering, mission analysis and design, design methodologies and system modelling;
  • Experience in Concurrent engineering processes and related IT tools/infrastructure and application to mission feasibility studies;
  • Experience with Space project life-cycle, including mission/system conceptual design and trade-offs, requirements management, reviews, verification engineering;
  • Background and Knowledge on the Clean Space Domains of expertise, with focus on the End-of-Life management aspects (e.g. de-orbiting techologies, design for demise, passivation, etc.), Active Debris Removal and In-Orbit Servicing;
  • Knowledge of Model Based System Engineering methodologies and tools;
  • Knowledge of Space Engineering Standards.


  • Knowledge of the procurement process for technology developments (statements of work, proposal evaluation, management of industrial activities, including interfaces with industry, negotiations, reviews, etc.).

Soft skills:

  • Ability to work independently and to establish good working relations with ESA is essential.

Any unanswered questions?

Feel free to contact Mr. Simon Mills, Senior Project Manager on +31 6 2326 2398 or in case of any further questions regarding this position.

We look forward to receiving your application and CV. To ensure that your application will reach us and is properly processed, please use the Apply Now button below.

Application deadline: 1st March 2024

Applications will be processed continuously.

Recruitment is depending on successful selection by the customer.

Please note:

  • Applicants must hold all appropriate documentation and permits to work in the EU;
  • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their ID/passport and degree/higher education certificate. Terma will validate the certificate with the issuing authority;
  • In line with ESA Security Requirements, an official Certificate of Good Conduct (or equivalent) and employment reference checks will be required at commencement of employment. Please attach a copy of any reference letters with your application if you have them.

About Terma

The Denmark based high-tech Terma Group develops products and systems for defense and non-defense security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for aircraft, space technology, and aerostructures for the aircraft industry.

Terma A/S is headquartered at Aarhus, Denmark. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore and the U.S.

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