Copernicus Contributing Missions Coordinator

European Space Agency - ESA
Frascati, Italy
Added: April 20, 2024

Copernicus Contributing Missions Coordinator

Job Requisition ID: 18590

Closing Date: 26 April 2024 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

Directorate: Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes

Publication: Internal & External

Type of Contract: Permanent

Date Posted: 5 April 2024

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.


ESRIN, Frascati, Italy


Copernicus Contributing Missions (CCM) Coordinator in the ESA EO Mission Management and Product Quality Division, Earth Observation Mission Management and Ground Segment Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes (D/EOP).

Reporting functionally to the ESA EO Third Party Mission Manager, you will be responsible for supporting the coordination of Copernicus Contributing Mission (CCM) activities implemented by D/EOP, funded by the EU Copernicus programme, and for supporting the definition and implementation of the CCM evolution.


Your work will encompass the coordination of activities performed within the scope of the EU Copernicus Contributing Missions, which are part of the Copernicus Space Component and provide it with coherent operational access to commercial Earth Observation (EO) missions in various EO data domains to complement the data from the Copernicus Sentinel missions.

Your main duties will include:

  • analysing the evolving supply of all types of EO data at global scale, with a particular focus on the commercial EO data supply, including very high resolution EO data;
  • monitoring the evolving EO data needs of users that may be met by the Copernicus Contributing Missions for operational purposes;
  • supporting the transformation and consolidation of the Copernicus Contributing Mission activity to ensure optimal business continuity in terms of EO data provisioning to Copernicus Services, improved adequacy for user needs and gradual onboarding of an evolving European data provider industry, including emerging European (New Space) companies;
  • managing the implementation of data demonstration and use case activities with commercial data providers and Copernicus Services to support the integration of the new types of data into the Copernicus programme;
  • managing contractual arrangements and projects with European emerging data providers;
  • supporting the EO Third Party Mission Manager for the related communication and reporting activities.

Technical competencies

Sound knowledge of Earth Observation programmes, in particular the Copernicus Space Component (both space and ground segments) and the Copernicus Service Component

Knowledge of EO products, applications and market sectors in the various EO domains, such as multispectral, hyperspectral, TIR, SAR and atmospheric composition

Solid understanding of the methods and challenges of New Space in Earth Observation

Knowledge of commercial aspects within the EO context, including with New Space companies

Knowledge of procurement processes and service-based procurements

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


A PhD or master’s degree in Earth sciences, physics, or engineering is required for this post.

Additional Requirements

You should have ten years of demonstrated professional experience relating to the requested technical competencies.

Other Information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

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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. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates.

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.