Next Generation Platform Manager


Direct Entry Job Permanent Harwell, UK

Uploaded 21 Oct 2021

Job Description

Job description

You will report to the Eurostar NEO & Large Platform Programme within the Telecommunications Satellite Programmes Department and will be responsible for the definition and implementation of the Next Generation Platforms.


  • Define objectives and establish roadmaps with telecommunication satellite primes for next generation GEO/MEO/LEO platforms development;
  • Prepare, iterate and refine corresponding project proposal(s), in close coordination with corresponding prime, for approval at CMin 2022;
  • Coordinate with Member States their participation and subscription to the programme;
  • Coordinate closely with TIA-P project managers in charge of on-going platform developments;
  • Manage implementation of preparatory activities if any,
  • Manage successfully one of the Next generation Platform projects within their declared objectives, schedule and costs, upon program approval at CMin 2022;
  • Implement the development of one of the Next generation Platform up to product line on-ground qualification;
  • Negotiate and manage the contract with the corresponding satellite prime including implementation of contracts changes as required;
  • Cooperate with the Industry Partner to ensure that the objectives of the project are fully met;
  • Manage the ESA Project Team;
  • Manage the specialised engineering support from the ESA Technical Directorate;
  • Establish and maintain a risk register for the project;
  • Providing regular technical, programmatic and financial reporting to ESA management and national delegations.

Person Specification

Technical competencies

  • Knowledge of Telecoms satellite landscape (operators, primes, missions)
  • Knowledge of telecom systems and key platform performance characteristics (technical and programmatic)
  • Knowledge of industrial European offering, from technologies, to building blocks to systems
  • Managing industrial costs and scheduling aspects
  • Knowledge of other technical domains with interfaces to own area of responsibility
  • Space system development and PA standards
  • Complex project risk management processes
  • Knowledge of ESA and industrial development, verification and procurement processes

Behavioural competencies

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


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

Additional requirements

You should have:

  • the potential to manage individuals or a team of experts in a project setting
  • the ability to organise their activities and ensure a motivating work environment
  • strong leadership capabilities, with proven relationship management and communication skills
  • the ability to drive their team’s performance, developing their people by encouraging learning, delegating responsibility and giving regular and constructive feedback
  • strong problem-solving skills to deal with day-to-day operational challenges, together with demonstrated planning and organisational skills
  • a strong results orientation with the ability to set priorities and present practical solutions both orally and in writing
  • the ability to manage challenging situations proactively and constructively.

 People management experience is an asset, as is international experience, i.e. outside your home country, as well as experience in diverse functional areas relevant to ESA activities. Experience in managing complex space programmes up to launch and in orbit testing is desirable and preferably in the telecommunications domain. You should also be able to support negotiations with decision makers in industry and delegations.Direct experience of working with a telecommunications satellite prime will be a distinct advantage. Experience in Public Private Partnership Projects would be an asset.