Director of Earth Observation Programmes

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The European Space Agency

Frascati, Italy

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Post based near Rome (Frascati, Italy) with frequent travel to ESA headquarters (Paris)

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe's space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

The Director of Earth Observation Programmes is responsible for the design and delivery of ESA’s Earth observation programmes, in line with the European Strategy for Space and with global partners. The Director is responsible for the implementation of all ESA activities in Earth observation (EO) and the preparation of new proposals in this area.

We are looking for candidates who are nationals of an ESA Member State, preferably with a technical or scientific education (masters level or higher). The ideal candidate will have in-depth experience in Earth observation in an international context with partner organisations, an excellent network of EO stakeholders and a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities.

Key qualities are an innovative spirit and a strategically-oriented mind, a proven capacity to lead change and manage teams, excellent relationship management and negotiation skills and the ability to influence high-level decisions.

An excellent knowledge of English or French is required.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

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 and the United Kingdom.

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.

For more information and how to apply please click the “Apply” button.


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