ESA Accreditation and Security Assurance Manager (2 posts)

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Frascati, Italy

Full Time

24 days ago

Job description


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  


ESA Accreditation and Security Assurance Manager in the ESA Security Office (ESO), Department of Foresight, Strategy and Coordination, Director General’s Services. Reporting to the Head of the ESA Security Office as ESA Accreditation and Security Assurance Manager, you will be tasked with managing ESA’s critical security activities and space programmes within the frame of accreditation  and security assurance domain in synergy and in support of relevant ESA Directorates. 


You will contribute to the Agency’s development of an integrated centralised ESA security approach in terms of Accreditation and Security Assurance.

Your tasks and responsibilities will include:

  • managing the security accreditation/certification process for space programmes under ESA responsibility, up to their release for the accreditation/certification statement;
  • supporting the directorates in the 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, that the accreditation strategy and process is coherent and harmonised among internal stakeholders and the related space projects with respect to the ESA security regulations, directives and strategy;
  • coordinating the ESO team integrated within specific space projects, carrying out the overall accreditation/certification process;
  • coordinating the ESO team integrated within specific space projects performing security assurance  supervising the correct development and implementation process;
  • performing a risk analysis and threat assessment to evaluate, from the beginning, the space project-related security posture and potential residual risk;
  • devising, for each space project, an accreditation/certification strategy;
  • performing a security assurance engineering analysis in line with the ESA security framework 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 the requirements to be qualified against the accreditation process; 
  • performing audit and penetration tests to monitor and supervise the specific space project cyber security implementation level;
  • performing a 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 ESO in maintaining the relationship with the EU institutions, ensuring coherence and harmonisation between the EU accreditation body and ESA accreditation process; 
  • maintaining the relationship with ESA directorates, ensuring coherence and harmonisation between 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 ESO in devising security-related cooperation strategies and joint objectives with ESA Member States, the European Union or other third parties involved in security;
  • maintaining up-to-date knowledge of space and security in Member States and European institutions to remain informed of any evolutions that would be of relevance to ESA’s activities and programmes.

Technical competencies

General Knowledge of ESA Space Programmes
In-depth knowledge of the Galileo and Copernicus space programmes (proven experience of having worked in one or both space programmes, as a developer or user)
In-depth knowledge of the EU accreditation process

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation 
Operational Efficiency 
Fostering Cooperation 
Relationship Management 
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking


A master's in a relevant engineering discipline is required for this post.

Additional requirements

You must have significant professional experience in a similar technical role.

One or more of the following would be an asset:

  • Experience with CMS (content management systems)
  • Experience with ECM (enterprise content management)
  • Experience with document management systems and technologies (such as 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.

For further information please visit: Professionals, What we offer and FAQ   


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.     

Applicants must be eligible to access technology and hardware which is subject to European and US export control regulations and for security clearance by their national security administrations.


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 [email protected].


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, Slovakia 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 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. 


In principle, recruitment will be within the advertised grade band (A2-A4). However, if the selected candidate has less than four years of relevant professional experience following the completion of the master’s degree, the position may be filled at A1 level. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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