GNSS Security Engineer (3 Profiles)

GSA - European GNSS Agency (Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency)

GNSS Security Engineer (3 Profiles)

GSA - European GNSS Agency (Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency)

Prague, Czech Republic

Vacancy details

Type of contract: Temporary Agent
Grade/Function: Group AD7
Deadline for applications: 10.09.2019 11:59 AM (GMT+2)
Contract duration(Y): 5
Desired start date: As soon as possible
Organisational department: Security
Level of security clearance4: SECRET UE/EU SECRET
Reference Number: GSA/2019/573
Place of employment1: Prague/Czech Republic
Possibility of renewal2: Yes
Possible reserve list valid until: 31.12.2020
Reporting to3: Head of Department or Team Leader


The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is responsible for the operations and service provision for the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) EGNOS and Galileo. By developing a new generation of GNSS, Europe is laying the foundation for new high-technology industry development, leading to job creation and economic growth. These European flagship space programmes, which embody what can be achieved when Europe works together, are already bringing real benefits to people and business in Europe and around the world. The European GNSS infrastructure includes approximately worldwide 30 sites for Galileo and 50 sites for EGNOS.

The GSA’s core mission is to ensure that European citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. The Agency does this by:

  • Designing and enabling services that fully respond to user needs, while continuously improving the European GNSS services and infrastructure;
  • Managing the provision of services that ensure user satisfaction in the most cost efficient manner;
  • Engaging market stakeholders to develop innovative and effective applications, value-added services and user technology that promote the achievement of full European GNSS adoption;
  • Ensuring that European GNSS services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible.

The GSA is operated and supported by a multicultural team of professionals with interdisciplinary expertise working to ensure that the end-user is kept at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS.

For more information on the GSA and the European satellite navigation programmes, click here.

The Security Department proactively contributes to the fulfilment of GSA missions by providing the security expertise in order to (1) achieve successful security accreditation of the systems, (2) secure programmes’ implementation and exploitation and (3) ensure a wide, secure and sustainable use of the Public Regulated Service (PRS).

The following high level objectives are set for the Security Department:

  • Implement and safeguard the high level security objectives of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes;
  • Prepare the security accreditation of Galileo and/or EGNOS sites and infrastructures;
  • Manage security processes, monitor and enforce programmes’ security requirements;
  • Ensure that the PRS development continuously achieve user needs, promote a wide and secure use of PRS and ensure compliance with the PRS Decision 1104/2011;
  • Inculcate a security culture within the GSA and continuously improve the image of the GSA, as a reliable security actor.


The Security Department is looking to recruit Security Engineers with the following three profiles:

  1. GNSS Cyber Security Engineer;
  2. GNSS Site Security Engineer;
  3. GNSS Service Security Engineer.

Reporting to the Head of the Security Department or one of the Security Department Team Leaders.

When applying, please clearly indicate for which profile(s) you apply in section 7. Motivation letter.

1. GNSS Cyber Security Engineer

The GNSS Cyber Security Engineer will have the following non-exhaustive list of tasks:

  • Manage the GSA cyber implementation plan;
  • Organise GSA cybersecurity panels, participate to the Galileo Programme Cyber Security Board;
  • Develop procedures for the efficient processing of Galileo cybersecurity activities;
  • Promote cyber-testing activities, participate to their selection, follow-up of results for the projects under his/her competence;
  • Drive cyber vulnerability management for the projects under his/her competence, reviewing the implementation of the security requirements and the risk treatment plans;
  • Support the GSA cyber awareness and training plan;
  • Support the analysis, review and maintenance of the Galileo security requirements baseline for the Galileo programme and service milestones, in particular related to the activities under responsibilities of the GSA (e.g. the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp), Galileo Service Centre (GSC), Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) and other service facilities);
  • Support the evolution of the security requirements related to the development and implementation of EGNOS and/or Galileo services (including Open Service, Search and Rescue, Public Regulated Service);
  • Liaise with other GSA teams and provide security engineering support as needed;
  • Contribute to the maintenance and update of the Statement of Compliance to the applicable security requirements in cooperation with the GSMC and ESA;
  • Participate to Galileo technical reviews related to security aspects, in particular on cybersecurity;
  • Contribute to the preparation of accreditation files and security risks analyses for the exploitation phases of Galileo and the associated risks treatment plans in cooperation with ESA, in particular on cybersecurity;
  • Provide technical support to the Commission on the GNSS Security Board and associated working groups;
  • Assist the Security Requirements and Standards Manager in the management of the contracts providing industrial security support to the team.

The focus will be on Galileo, however it may entail activities on EGNOS or other Programmes due to synergies between the programmes.

2. GNSS Site Security Engineer

The GNSS Site Security Engineer will have the following non-exhaustive list of tasks:

  • Contribute to the end-to-end technical management of the services security of the Galileo and/or EGNOS programmes with a particular focus on Sites Security:
    • Definition and maintenance of the Programme security requirements baseline;
    • Impact assessment of security requirements changes;
    • Analysis, review and maintenance of security requirements and documentation related to relevant GSA procurements.
  • Review local site management plans and local site operating procedures, local Secops and propose evolution as needed;
  • Drive the security accreditation processes and files for EGNOS sites;
  • Monitor the implementation of technical and operational measures to improve the posture of Galileo and/or EGNOS programmes against site related security risks
  • Follow Galileo and/or EGNOS sites infrastructure deployment/evolutions to ensure establishment/improvement of the security posture;
  • Contribute to the security risk management process including security risks analyses for the exploitation phases and the associated risks treatment plans, notably with regard to sites;
  • Support the European Commission in its responsibilities related to the security of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes, in particular for the GNSS Security Board and associated working groups;
  • Participate to the EGNOS sites management boards, in interfacing with ESA and industry for the delivery and acceptance of site hosting services (GSA undertakings) and for the handling with ESA and/or the EGNOS Service Provider of site security events;
  • Interact with Member States Local Security Accreditation Authorities (LSAA) in the frame of the Security Accreditation Process and of the Critical Infrastructure Management Process.

The focus will be on EGNOS sites under deployment, however it may entail activities on Galileo due to synergies between the GNSS programmes and their sites.

It shall be noted that for successfully undertaking the activities, frequent missions to the GSA EGNOS office in Toulouse, France will be required, together with missions to elsewhere in Europe, North Africa and worldwide for site inspections and security accreditation related activities.

3. GNSS Service Security Engineer

The GNSS Service Security Engineer will have the following non-exhaustive list of tasks:

  • PRS Service engineering activities (strategy, definition, evolutions, planning):
    • Support the definition of the PRS service evolution roadmap and associated implementation plan, in coordination with GSA departments, EC and ESA;
    • Support the implementation of the PRS service evolution roadmap by defining the PRS service development, deployment and validation plan and supervising its execution;
    • Manage PRS-specific engineering activities and requirements documentation under GSA responsibility;
    • Review PRS security requirements related to the GSOP and GSMC activities; propose evolutions for the respective baselines;
    • Prepare the PRS Service Definition Documents and other documents related to the exploitation baseline in support to the delivery of the PRS service;
    • Support the engineering and change control boards within the Agency and the Galileo Programme with respect to PRS activities;
    • Contribute to the implementation of the provisions in Decision 1104/2011 on the access to PRS;
    • Prepare reports on PRS-related activities;
    • Prepare accreditation files related to PRS service accreditation milestones.
    • Support security engineering activities linked to other services.
  • Support to the European Commission:
    • Contribute to the PRS service strategy, policy and international agreements in support to the European Commission and Member States;
    • Provide technical and secretariat support to the Galileo Working Groups related to PRS activities.
  • Support to Member States and PRS user communities:
    • Provide expertise for the coordination of Member States' actions on aspects related to the PRS;
    • Contribute to the definition of Guidelines for the implementation of PRS management rules in the Member States in compliance with the Common Minimum Standards;
    • Provide the technical support to the PRS participants CPAs.


The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:

1. A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies5 attested by a diploma when the normal period of university education is four years or more
    A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies attested by a diploma and at least one year of appropriate professional experience when the normal period of university education is three years;
2. In addition to the above, appropriate professional experience6 of at least six years after obtaining the required diploma;
3. Be a national of a Member State of the European Union;
4. Be entitled to his or her full rights as citizen;
5. Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service;
6. Meet the character requirements for the duties involved7;
7. Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union8 and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary for the performance of his/her duties;
7. Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post9.


All eligible applications, according to the afore-mentioned criteria, will be assessed against the requirements listed below.

The Selection Board responsible for this selection will determine the criteria to be assessed in the various phases of the selection procedure (assessment of the application forms, interview and written test) prior to being granted access to the names of the applicants. All essential criteria will be assessed during the applications evaluation phase.

Non-compliance with any of the Essential criteria may result in the exclusion of the candidate from the selection process. Advantageous criteria constitute additional assets and will not result in exclusion, if not fulfilled.

When filling the online application, candidates are expected to include elements that demonstrate that their profile matches the requirements below.

Essential criteria

1. University degree in the exact sciences (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics, computer science, telecommunications, electronics etc.);
2. Depending on the selected profile, experience in the field of information, network or physical security (e.g. secure design, operations, secure infrastructure, security risk management) or security engineering;
3. Excellent command of both written and spoken English.

Advantageous criteria

4. Experience in handling classified material at or above SECRET UE/EU SECRET (or equivalent);
5. Experience in cybersecurity;
6. Experience in system engineering, service engineering or service provision;
7. Experience in physical and organisational security;
8. Experience in a security accreditation or highly regulated domain (e.g. Maritime, Rail, Defence);
9. Knowledge (by training or experience) of European GNSS;
10. Knowledge (by training or experience) of relevant certifications standards (e.g. CISSP, GIAC, ISO 27000, ISACA).

Behavioural competences

11. Motivation;
12. Excellent communication skills;
13. Working with others and customer service mindset;
14. Ability to work under pressure and prioritise.

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[1]The place of employment is subject to changes in the interest of the service and always under due consideration of the Staff Member’s interests.
[2] Possibility of renewal for a fixed period and a further renewal for an indefinite period on the conditions set out in the Staff Regulations and in the Conditions of Employment for Other Servants.
[3] The organisational department and the hierarchical reporting line may change in line with the developments of the GSA and department’s organisation.
[4]The successful candidate must hold a valid personnel security clearance at the above defined EU level or be able and willing to apply for a security clearance immediately after the contract award. The procedure for obtaining a personnel security clearance shall be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate.
[5]Only study titles that have been awarded in EU Member States or that are subject to the equivalence certificates issued by the authorities in the said Member States shall be taken into consideration.
[6] Only appropriate professional experience acquired after achieving the minimum qualification stated in point.1 shall be considered. Where additional periods of training and study are accompanied by periods of professional activity, only the latter shall be considered as professional experience. Compulsory military service or equivalent civilian service accomplished after achieving the minimum qualification stated in point.1 shall be taken into consideration. Internships will be taken into consideration, if they are paid. Professional activities pursued part-time shall be calculated pro rata, on the basis of the percentage of full-time hours worked. A given period may be counted only once.
[7] Prior to the appointment, the successful candidate will be asked to provide a Police certificate confirming the absence of any criminal record.
[8] The languages of the EU are: Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Estonian, Finnish, French, Irish, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Maltese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish.
[9] Before a successful candidate can be appointed, s/he will be medically examined by a selected medical service so that the Agency will be satisfied that s/he fulfils the requirement of Article 28(e) of the Staff Regulation of Officials of the European Union.

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