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Electrical Engineer

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, NoordwijkESA/ESTEC

Job description

We are looking for an Electrical Engineer on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their Projects & Infrastructure Development Section. The deadline for submitting applications is 23 August 2022.

Please note, the successful candidate will be employed by ATG Europe and not by ESA.

The Project & Infrastructure Development Section is responsible for the development of the ESTEC site general infrastructure consisting of 150.000 sqm of buildings and technical facilities including offices, laboratories with several cleanrooms, technical areas such as central productions of hot and chilled water, power plants with diesel generators, water treatment roads, water, and sewage networks. The ESTEC electrical network consists of a 10kV distribution grid and low-voltage installations. In terms of usage and distribution of electricity, ESTEC applies Dutch national health and safety legislation and has devised an ESTEC Electrical Policy to define roles and responsibilities within the organisation.

The successful candidate will report to the Head of the Project & Infrastructure Development Section. They will be tasked with, but not limited to:

  • The management of multi-disciplinary infrastructure projects and the review, coordination, quality control and acceptance of projects or investment activities related to the construction, renovation, modification, or development of the electrical installations; the management tasks include amongst others:
    • the preparation of work descriptions, technical specifications, project budgetary, and time planning estimates or any other technical documents necessary for the preparation and execution of the activities,
    • the identification and implementation of best practices and of innovative and creative techniques in the electrical engineering domain, that notably contribute to ESA's commitment to reduce its energy consumption and C02 footprint
    • the preparation and maintenance of project plans,
    • the compliance with project management and coordination procedures, quality insurance procedures, quality management system procedures,
    • the preparation and follow-up of the procurement of external services required in the projects (e.g. external consultants, engineering companies, execution companies,…),
    • the control and follow-up of the contracted companies’ activities in the preparation, development, and execution of projects (e.g., check of the performance in view of the project schedule, costing, and quality of the works),
    • the organisation of coordination meetings between the team members and project stakeholders and/or of Project Board meetings,
    • the management of communication and information actions related to the project activities,
    • the review and validation of electrical engineering, execution, and as-built documentation,
    • the monitoring and control of the compliance with the applicable norms, legislations, technical stipulations, and requirements of the works carried out on the electrical infrastructure,
    • the follow-up, control and organisation of the commissioning and acceptance of the activities.
  • The provision of assistance to other projects (comprising electrical activities) when needed: the Electrical Project Engineer will provide support during the design and engineering process (for example by reviewing the engineering documentation such as detailed engineering packages, implementation drawings, shop drawings,…) and during the execution process until the final acceptance of the works (for example by coordinating the actions and tasks related to the electrical infrastructure domain).
  • The provision of ad-hoc consultative support to the Infrastructure Operation Section and its members for the review, management, quality control and acceptance of all electrical works (including preventive and corrective maintenance works and repairs) on the built environment in order to ensure a comfortable and environmentally sound operation.

Job requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering or Facilities Management Engineering;
  • At least 5 years of experience in building infrastructure and Facilities Management, with Electrical Engineering as an area of expertise;
  • A proven capability in the above areas of responsibility and technical Facilities Management systems;
  • Good knowledge of building automation tools;
  • Good knowledge of the applicable norms and legislation, notably the applied electrical safety legislation and norms;
  • The post holder shall manage, run, and supervise works on high- and low voltage installations NEN-EN50110 (NEN 3840 and NEN3140) and NEN1010. The candidate must therefore be in possession of the relevant certification or ready to obtain the corresponding Dutch qualification by following the appropriate training;
  • Sound analytical skills;
  • Ability to analyse any situation, issue, or installation and create a clear and detailed technical report for root cause analysis, improvement, or repair;
  • Good skills in the MS Office software package (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio);
  • Ability to work autonomously;
  • Eager to learn and acquire further knowledge in building systems engineering;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Knowledge of another official ESA language is an asset.


Netherlands, Noordwijk