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Software PA Support Engineer

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ESTEC- European Space Agency
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Job Description

Are you an Engineer with a Master's Degree and with at least 4 years of relevant experience in the space sector? Are you familiar with space product assurance practices? If so, this opportunity might be for you.

We are looking for a Software PA Support Engineer who will join the Octagon Professionals projects team at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk (ESTEC). Read more about this exciting opportunity and apply today!

Your responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the establishment of the programmatic and technical software PA requirements within the framework of the ESA Software policy.
  • Evaluate Contractors' plans, technical specifications and efforts proposed for the execution of the S/W PA programme.
  • Monitor and evaluate S/W PA analyses, reports and technical notes.
  • Participate to project reviews, meetings, Configuration Control Boards, Non-conformance Review Boards and Software Review Boards.
  • Prepare design trade-offs, analyses and reports using metrics to support project decisions.
  • Participate to software product evaluations and process assessments.
  • Establish and maintain databases to track NCRs, RFWs, action items etc.


  • Master's degree in software engineering or computer science with background on space engineering.
  • At least 4 years of professional working experience.
  • Familiarity with space product assurance practices together with a good working knowledge of appropriate working tools.
  • Practical experience in applying ECSS S/W standards.
  • Knowledge and proven experience in the following areas: o Configuration management of complex systems.
  • Software engineering and PA in critical applications.
  • Experience on (or knowledge of) the following areas would be considered as an asset for this position:
    • Agile practices (e.g. Scrum Master / Product Owner; other Agile frameworks as SAFE, Lean or Kanban).
    • Quality assurance for Machine Learning models.
    • Big Data software architectures and life-cycles.
    • Data quality assurance.
    • Cyber-security assurance, security evaluation and certification, ISO-27001.
    • Hands-on experience with static code analysis and tools.
    • Alternative software development life-cycles, continuous integration and tools.

We offer:

  • Attractive remuneration package and advice on tax-free benefits.
  • Up to 30 vacation days & additional 12 public holidays based on the 40h working week.
  • Advice from our Learning & Development Specialist on most suitable training/courses.
  • Extra budget and up to 5 extra days off for your professional development.
  • Pension contribution to a tailor-made pension scheme.
  • Yearly subscription to the ESTEC gym facilities and a swimming pool.
  • Assistance with relocation in case you are moving to The Netherlands from abroad.

Ready for this new challenge? Apply now and let's get in touch!

Octagon Professionals International is a full-service recruitment and HR services firm with 30 years of experience in the European and international market. Our large network of professionals across multiple functional areas and multi-national team provide flexible solutions customized to individual client needs.

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Product Assurance, Support Engineer, PA, Engineer, Support, Aerospace, Assurance Programme, procurement, TRRs, TRBs, MIPs, Reports, Safety Reviews, Engineering, design reviews, RFDs, RFWs

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