Service Security Operations Engineer

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The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for the operations and service provision for the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) EGNOS and Galileo. By developing a new generation of GNSS, Europe is laying the foundation for new high-technology industry development, leading to job creation and economic growth. These European flagship space programmes, which embody what can be achieved when Europe works together, are already bringing real benefits to people and business in Europe and around the world.



With the introduction of the new Space Regulation, expected to enter into force in 2021, the Agency will expand its scope of activities beyond Galileo and EGNOS, to other components, such as “Copernicus” for Earth Observation, GOVSATCOM for Governmental Space Communications and Space Situational Awareness (SSA). In particular, in the security field, the Agency will be entrusted with the direct responsibility of the operational security of Galileo and EGNOS. At the same time, security-related activities will be entrusted to the Agency also in the other components.

In order to get ready to perform the new activities, the Agency intends to fill several positions for Security Engineers with different profiles to be involved in the expected activities of all components. These positions are expected to be deployed in the Security Department of the Agency and will provide support to the operational departments of the different Components.

The Security Department proactively contributes to the fulfilment of the missions of the Agency by providing the security expertise in order to (1) ensure that the Components of the Space Programme are defined, implemented and exploited securely, (2) achieve successful security accreditation of the Components of the Programme, and (3) ensure a wide, secure and sustainable use of the services provided by the different Components.

The following high-level objectives are set for the Security Department:

  • Implement and safeguard the high-level security objectives of the Components of the Programme, manage security processes; define, enforce and monitor the Components’ security requirements,
  • Prepare the security accreditation of the systems, the sites and their infrastructure
  • Ensure that the governmental services continuously achieve user needs, promote a wide and secure use of the governmental services (like Galileo PRS) and ensure compliance with the relevant rules (like the PRS Decision 1104/2011)
  • Enable a security culture within the Agency and continuously improve the image of the Agency, as a reliable security actor in the Space sector.


  • The role of the Service Security Operations Engineer is to oversee the security of the operations of the various components of the EU space programme. The main tasks include:
  • Develop the security aspects of the Service Provision, the Concept of Operation of the Component(s);
  • Assess and update the security documentation pertaining to the operations of the Component(s), such as the security operating procedures;
  • Implement the security baseline for the operational actors under the Agency responsibility;
  • Provide support on security aspects to the operational teams of the Agency;
  • Provide operations security engineering support;
  • Oversee the security aspects of exploitation contracts, associated milestones and reviews;
  • Contribute to technical reviews concerning operational security aspects;
  • Contribute to the maintenance and update of the Agency Statement of Compliance to the applicable security requirements with regard to operational security activities; report on possible waivers or potential deviations;
  • Follow up on security events, anomalies or incidents affecting service provision;
  • Provide advice and recommendations to foster the security of operations;
  • Liaise with stakeholders (EC, ESA, Member States, Industry) participating in the Component(s);
  • Provide technical support to the European Commission for the activities of the different Security Boards and associated Working Groups;
  • Prepare reports on activities related to the security of operations.


  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more


  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and at least one year of appropriate professional experience when the normal period of university education is three years
  • In addition to the above, appropriate professional experience of at least six years after obtaining the required diploma
  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union
  • Be entitled to his or her full rights as citizen
  • Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service
  • Meet the character requirements for the duties involved
  • Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union9 and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties
  • Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post


All eligible applications, according to the afore-mentioned criteria, will be assessed against the requirements listed below.

The Selection Board responsible for this selection will determine the criteria to be assessed in the various phases of the selection procedure (assessment of the application forms, interview and written test) prior to being granted access to the names of the applicants. All essential criteria will be assessed during the applications evaluation phase.

Non-compliance with any of the essential criteria may result in the exclusion of the candidate from the selection process. Advantageous criteria constitute additional assets and will not result in exclusion, if not fulfilled.

When filling the online application, candidates are expected to include elements that demonstrate that their profile matches the requirements below.

Essential criteria

  • University degree in the exact sciences (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science, telecommunications, electronics, etc.);
  • Experience in the field of operational security and implementation of Security Operations (SECOPS);
  • Excellent command of both written and spoken English;

Advantageous criteria

  • Experience in handling classified material at or above SECRET UE/EU SECRET (or equivalent);
  • Knowledge (by training or experience) of European Space programmes (e.g. GNSS, Earth Observation, Telecommunication, SSA);
  • Knowledge (by training or experience) of relevant certifications and security standards (e.g. CISSP, GIAC, ISO 27000, ISACA);

Behavioural competencies

  • Motivation;
  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Working with others and customer service mindset;
  • Ability to work under pressure, organise workload and prioritise tasks.

Application procedure

In order to consider your application valid, you are required to log in and submit application through the GSA e-recruitment portal. Click on APPLY below.

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