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MTG Principal Instruments Industrial Coordinator

European Space Agency

European Space Agency

noordwijk, netherlands
Posted on Friday, November 3, 2023


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.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands  


Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) is a collaborative programme with EUMETSAT for six geostationary meteorological satellites. It covers four imaging satellites (MTG-I) carrying a visible infrared imager, a lightning imager and search and rescue and data collection payloads, as well as two sounding satellites (MTG-S) carrying an infrared sounder and the Sentinel-4 instrument. The first MTG-I satellite was launched in December 2022, while the first MTG-S satellite will be ready for a launch in Q4 2024.


You will monitor and coordinate the hardware implementation activities for the FCI, LI and IRS recurrent instruments and elements to ensure their timely availability in accordance with programmatic and quality needs, and will report to the MTG Engineering and AITV Manager in the MTG Project within the Meteorological Programmes area, Earth Observation Projects Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include:


  • reporting regularly to the Satellite Engineering and AITV Manager, escalating technical, programmatic and personnel issues as appropriate;
  • maintaining close coordination with FCI, LI and IRS instrument engineers and the PA/QA Section, as well as with the AITV engineers and other specialist support, as required to ensure that hardware requirements are met in accordance with programmatic needs;
  • acting as the ESA point of contact for all routine IRS reporting, including coordinating the organisation of progress meetings and residual reviews at equipment, IA-DEA and IRS level;
  • close monitoring of the FCI, LI and IRS industrial hardware implementation activities, providing early warning of major problem areas and anomalies relating to tests or processes and ensuring that appropriate mitigation actions are identified and implemented to safeguard the timely delivery of the recurrent instrument flight models for launch or long-term storage;
  • supporting the preparation, implementation and evaluation of all recurrent instrument AITV activities, including any necessary delta qualification, by maintaining close coordination with the instrument suppliers, ensuring the timely resolution of NCRs and NRBs at instrument and equipment levels;
  • participating in IRRs, TRRs, PTRs, TRBs and NRBs, ensuring that the required specialist support from the ESA team is notified and available as appropriate;
  • ensuring that the required controls and formal test processes and procedures are applied by industry in coordination with the ESA PA/QA, instrument and AITV engineers;
  • supporting MTG project reviews;
  • supporting the launch campaign and LEOP/commissioning activities as defined within the relevant organisational documentation for each launch.

Technical competencies

ESA space system procurement, development and verification processes and standards
Experience in the management and monitoring of industrial activities, including participation in reviews
Management and delivery of space system development projects within cost and schedule
Experience of managing technical interfaces between and within the ESA project team and the industrial consortium
Experience in multi-agency cooperative programmes

Behavioural competencies

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


A master’s degree in a relevant physical sciences or engineering discipline is required for this post.

Additional requirements

Proven experience in the development of satellite projects and systems engineering is required.


In addition, you should have: 


  • proven experience of working as part of a team within a project;
  • the ability to manage people;
  • the ability to drive performance and foster cooperation within and across teams throughout the organisation;
  • demonstrated relationship management and communication skills, both oral and written;
  • excellent cognitive, analytical, delegation, planning and organisational skills;
  • the ability to anticipate problems, resolve complex issues and relate situations to their context;
  • the ability to make solution-oriented, pragmatic and timely decisions of a high standard and with integrity, as well as to support others, such as team members, upper management and other stakeholders, in this process.

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.     


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, 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.