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    Other Science and Tech
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  • Experience Required
    1 - 2 Years
  • Degree Required
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    • Date Posted
      September 30,2020
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    Software Product Assurance Engineer - ESTEC,


    The high-tech and innovative Terma Group develops products and systems for defence, non-defence and security applications, including command and control systems, radar systems, self-protection systems for aircraft and vessels, space technology, and aero-structures for the aircraft industry.

    Terma is headquartered at Aarhus, Denmark. Internationally, Terma has subsidiaries and operations in The Netherlands, France, Germany, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, India, Singapore and the U.S.

    The Space Business Area contributes with mission-customized software and hardware products including power systems and star trackers as well as services to support a number of in-orbit pioneering European scientific and Earth observation satellite missions. Additionally, Terma is contracted for the development and delivery of software and hardware systems and services for numerous ongoing and future European, and international missions.

    Terma Space operates out of Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Germany, the UK and France.

    Job description

    For our customer, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are seeking a Software Product Assurance Engineer to work at ESA’s ESTEC site in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


    You will be assigned to the Software Product Assurance Section within the Directorate of Technical and Quality Management.

    You will provide support to ESA projects - typically Space Science, Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation, Launcher, or Human Spaceflight projects and related technology developments - in the areas of monitoring & assessing the implementation of ESA’s Software PA & Safety Programme. This includes support to any or all of the following activities:

    • Contribute to establishing of the programmatic and technical software PA requirements within the framework of the ESA Software policy.
    • Evaluate industrial 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.
    • Participation 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. as required.

    This is a full-time position located at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

    The requested start of work is December 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.

    Qualifications & Competencies

    The successful candidate shall have:

    • Master’s degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science.
    • At least 4 years of relevant professional working experience with a background in software engineering and including several years in a Product/Quality Assurance role.
    • Knowledge and proven experience in the following areas:
      • Configuration management of complex systems.
      • Software engineering and PA in critical applications.
    • Practical experience in applying formal S/W standards (such as ECSS-E-ST-40).
    • Familiarity with space product assurance practices together with a good working knowledge of appropriate working tools would be useful.
    • Relevant experience in the space sector and an understanding of space systems engineering concepts is a distinct advantage.

    Experience in one or more of the following specific areas is highly desirable:

    • 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.

    Soft skills:

    • Ability to interface with internal and external actors (management, technical, administrative etc.).
    • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills.
    • Good verbal and written communications (primarily English).
    • Rigor, commitment and reliability in the execution of the assigned tasks.
    • Proactive attitude to solving problems, identify priority actions and to handle high workload.

    What can Terma Offer?

    At Terma, we consider skilled employees, enthusiasm and job satisfaction as the very foundation of our success and as a prerequisite for the development of the “best-in-class” solutions that Terma provides. We lead the way in applying new technology, offering a wide range of growth opportunities for each individual and emphasizing mutual respect across the board in our workplace.

    Terma offers you a pleasant working environment at the customer site, where you will be able to take on challenging tasks and responsibilities in a highly professional company.

    • Great opportunities for training and personal development
    • Challenges in advanced technical environment
    • International and cosmopolitan working atmosphere
    • An employment contract with an attractive package with extra-legal benefits
    • Highly competitive salary
    • Support on re-location (if applicable)

    Recruitment is depending on successful selection by the customer.

    Additional information

    To ensure that your application will reach us and is properly processed please apply through the ‘Apply’ link below. Include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and a Cover Letter highlighting your background and expertise as well as earliest date of availability.

    For further information, please contact Mr. Simon Mills

    by telephone [+31 6 2326 2398] or by email [].

    Closing date: October 20th, 2020

    Please note the following Legal & Security requirements:

    • Applicants must hold all appropriate permits to work in the EU.
    • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their ID/passport and degree/higher education certificate. Terma will validate the certificate with the issuing authority.
    • In line with ESA security requirements, an official Certificate of Good Conduct (or equivalent) and employment reference checks will be required at commencement of employment. Please attach a copy of any reference letters with your application if you have them.

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