Sentinel-1 Mission Manager

Job Req ID:  16026
Closing Date:  03 October 2022
Establishment:  ESRIN, Frascati, Italy
Directorate:  Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes
Publication:  Internal & External
Vacancy Type:  Permanent
Date Posted:  05 September 2022


Vacancy in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.


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  



Sentinel-1 Mission Manager in the Earth Observation Mission Management and Product Quality Division, Earth Observation Mission Management and Ground Segment Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.


Under the authority of the Head of the Mission Management and Product Quality Assurance Division, you will bear delegated responsibility for all Sentinel-1 mission aspects during the exploitation phase.


Your main duties will include:


•    managing the exploitation phase (Phase E2) of the Sentinel-1 mission by preparing and implementing the related project, budget and contractual plans and coordinating and managing tasks delegated to other ESA divisions, departments and directorates or outside ESA as described in the mission’s Phase E Management Plan;
•    maintaining a continuous understanding of the evolving needs of the Sentinel-1 data users to ensure the best possible match between the mission and user needs;
•    interfacing with and reporting to the European Commission and to ESA Member States on all matters related to the exploitation phase of the Sentinel-1 mission.

You will assist the Head of Division with other activities as required.

Technical competencies

Solid understanding of the objectives and challenges of the Sentinel-1 mission/satellites
Experience in interfacing with external parties, especially the user community related to the Sentinel-1 mission
Sound knowledge on ESA Earth Observation policies and programmes
Experience in managing technical/scientific teams, preferably in an international context

Behavioural competencies

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


A master's degree or PhD in a relevant scientific or engineering discipline is required for this post.

Additional requirements

The following competencies are considered assets:

•    General awareness of space or ground segment development/operations;
•    High levels of motivation and dedication, taking ownership and acting proactively.

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.