Ground System Service Provision Engineer

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The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is an operational EU Agency that brings together colleagues from a broad array of different backgrounds and expertise all contributing to one of the most important and ambitious projects ever undertaken by the EU. We are committed to implement the EU Space Programme and turn the EU space ambitions into a reality.

The Agency’s headquarters is situated in the heart of Europe – Prague – with excellent connection to numerous major European cities. As part of its benefits package EUSPA offers flexible working arrangements, opportunities for learning and career growth, comprehensive health insurance and full coverage of education fees for multiple international schools.

EUSPA provides safe and secure European satellite navigation services, promotes the commercialization of Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus data and services. It also coordinates the EU’s forthcoming governmental satellite communications programme GOVSATCOM. EUSPA is responsible for the security accreditation of all the Components of the EU Space Programme. For more information on the EUSPA and the EU Space Programme, click here.

The current vacancy is for an opportunity in the Galileo Exploitation Programme Department which, in coordination with other departments of the Agency, ensures the continuous provision of the services provided by Galileo. The department develops new Galileo services enabling new applications and ensures the proper management, operation, maintenance, continuous improvement, evolution and protection of the space-based and ground-based infrastructure. It also manages the consistency between technical, planning, financial and risk aspects of all the Galileo exploitation activities and elaborates and maintains the Galileo Exploitation Plans.


We are looking for a Ground System Service Provision Engineer who will be involved in the management and monitoring of the Galileo system and associated operations activities related to the exploitation and Service Provision of the Galileo system managed by the Agency.

The jobholder will be integrated in the Galileo Exploitation Programme Management Department and shall report to the Galileo Real-Time Operations Manager.

The tasks and responsibilities will in principle include (without limitation) and subject to adjustment by the reporting line manager:

  • Contribute to the technical management of the Galileo operations and operational contracts managed by the Agency, in the area of Ground Segment operations;
  • Support the monitoring of operations activities, such as real time service operations and the operational validation activities, in relation to Ground Segment. As well as, assessing the readiness of operational products, processes and Ground Segment infrastructure for entry into operations;
  • Participate and represent the EUSPA in operations related boards, such as Anomaly Review Boards and Configurations Control boards and Non- Conformance boards;
  • Evaluate operations improvement proposals, as well as provide assessments of its impact on infrastructure, operations and service provision;
  • Review the operations-related plans, procedures and reports, identify and monitor deviations, and impact on other activities;
  • Contribute to the strategic and operational planning processes;
  • Prepare for and participate in project reviews/meetings;
  • Review regular and ad hoc reports produced by operations contractors on all topics related to operations;
  • Prepare, review and assess changes to the operational contractual and technical baseline and the operations improvements proposals;
  • Ensure that EUSPA’s operational needs and requirements (e.g. for improvements or modifications to the operational system) are properly implemented;
  • Maintain an efficient and trusting relationship with project stakeholders, within EUSPA and with the relevant subcontractors;
  • Support the Galileo Real-Time Operations Manager for any topics related to Galileo Operational Infrastructure;
  • Contribute to other tasks of the Galileo Exploitation Programme Management Department as necessary.

The jobholder may be required to remain on standby duty at his/her place of work or outside the place of employment outside normal working hours.

The place of employment will be Prague (Czech Republic), however the post requires frequent missions to Italy (Fucino), and occasional missions to Germany (Oberpfaffenhofen and Munich), Spain (Madrid), France (Saint Germain), Belgium (Brussels) or elsewhere.


The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:

  • A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies5 attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more OR 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 experience6 of at least six years after obtaining the required diploma
  • Be a national of a Member State of the European Union, Iceland or Norway
  • Be entitled to his or her full rights as a 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 Union8 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

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