Future Missions Head of Earth Observation Group

A vacancy for a Future Missions Head of Earth Observation Group has arisen within the Airbus Defence and Space in Stevenage. You will be responsible for all EO mission related prospects and studies.

Airbus Defence and Space Ltd is looking for a highly motivated and capable scientist/engineer to lead the Future Missions Earth Observation Group, based in Stevenage.

The successful candidate will provide leadership to a small expert group of professional scientists and engineers in undertaking the design and analysis of space-borne systems, primarily for Earth Observation missions.
In addition to leading the Group, the role will include work on a range of activities including mission and satellite system analysis and design, research and development activities, marketing and customer interfacing.
Typical EO programmes of interest include the ESA Earth Explorer programme, ESA/EU Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES), Eumetsat meteorology mission and national opportunities.

This position will require a security clearance or will require being eligible for clearance by the recognized authorities.

Your main responsibilities will be:

  • You will be responsible for all EO mission related prospects and studies,
  • You will also be expected to develop overall business strategies within Airbus Defence and Space Ltd in relation to these missions including close coordination with Sales and Marketing, and define and lead associated R&D activities.
  • You will be responsible for tracking all EO prospects, contributing to bid/no-bid decisions, and will be required to take a leading role in proposals.
  • Furthermore, you will be responsible for monitoring and guiding the management of all EO mission studies, including overall responsibility for the financial performance of studies.

The successful candidate should have the aptitude and motivation to lead a small and dedicated team, to continue development of a world class capability in the design of future EO missions. He/she will be expected to develop a productive relationship with EO scientists and other parts of the space community, through attendance at and contributions to meetings, workshops and conferences.

This role will involve some travels for business and as such you must be able to travel accordingly (monthly travels in UK and Europe).


Space Systems is the European leader in space, formed from the current Astrium Divisions Space Transportation and Satellites. With its unique expertise, Space Systems will be the global No. 1 for commercial launchers and the European leader for satellites and orbital systems. The business line will serve institutional customers like ESA, national civil and defence agencies and commercial customers.

Airbus Military and Cassidian units will combine their capabilities for design, development, delivery and support of military aircraft to form the leading fixed military aircraft company in Europe. With Cassidian’s technology portfolio and Airbus Military’s export and development experience, the new business line
will have a broad, world-wide customer base and is well placed to play a leading role in the markets for future unmanned aerial system (UAS) and combat, transport and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) aircraft.

The new “one-stop-shop” of the growing, but increasingly competitive market for satellite and terrestrial communication systems, intelligence and security solutions, is a combination of the Cassidian and Astrium business lines in these fields. The combined portfolios offer innovative, modular, commercially sustainable solutions to best serve a common customer base which includes governments, defence institutions, security and public safety agencies, critical infrastructure, energy, oil and gas organisations, international transport industries, and commercial customers. The business line serves a growing market which includes institutional customers such as defence or home affairs administrations as well as private businesses.

Cassidian and Astrium’s success is based on the technical excellence of its people and its products. In the past, many electronics businesses were managed like mid- sized companies, ensuring highly agile product sales and global market access. Electronics will support this strategy by building an operational network for developers within the division. Combining space and defence capabilities will generate added value. Typically, the customers are systems integrators both within the new division as well as outside.

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We need engaged, innovative and creative people who are ready to join us in shaping the future and are capable of meeting the challenges our business faces. We are looking for people with an interest in our industry who also have the strength and the courage to help us maintain our position as a global player. If you have these qualities then we’d like to meet you!
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A willingness to learn and grow is critical for Astrium employees.

We want our people to continually broaden and deepen their knowledge and experience, and to always be developing and acquiring new competencies. Astrium is dedicated to providing excellent training and development frameworks to support employees throughout their careers to ensure that they are given every opportunity to enhance and progress their roles and responsibilities within the company.
Commercial Awareness
As well as a keen interest in space, commercial awareness is something that we look for in candidates. We expect potential employees to be technically excellent, but candidates that stand out also possess a good understanding of project management, financial constraints, and business considerations in general.

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