Sr. System Engineering manager (f/m)

  • Sr. System Engineering manager (f/m)

    For one of our customers we are currently recruiting a Sr. System Engineering manager for their location in Groningen.

Job overview

The companys mission is to bring about breakthroughs in international space research. Therefore it develops pioneering technology and advanced space instruments, and uses them to pursue fundamental astrophysical research, Earth science and exoplanetary research. As national expertise institute the company gives counsel to the Dutch government and coordinates national contributions to international space missions. The company stimulates the implementation of space science in our society and stimulates the implementation of space science in our society.

As technical lead of the SAFARI system engineering team you will go through all phases of a project lifecycle from concept to manufacturing and test to in-orbit operations.The prime focus is on demonstrating the technology and developing the instrument concept (phase A and technology Readiness Level 5). The international SAFARI engineering team consists of about 20 experts, of which 10 are locally based (engineers, scientists and support staff). This number will grow to about 100 worldwide if SPICA is selected after phase A. You will also act as deputy project manager.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • - Lead a team of (system) engineers and instrument scientist throughout the development of a space instrument;
  • -Implement within your team: requirements engineering;
  • design and configuration resulting in a physical architecture;
  • generation of technical design and development plan;
  • verification to show compliance with the specified requirements;
  • (risk) analysis;
  • control and integration of the engineering disciplines;
  • converging trade-offs between technical specification, delivery time, cost and risk;
  • -Act as technical point of contact of the instrument development and satellite interface with JAXA and ESA;
  • -Author scientific publications and present your work at international conferences;
  • -Act as internationally established expert in your discipline.


  • - PhD in a discipline related to (FIR) instrumentation e.g. Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Electrical Engineering or Astronomy;
  • - Experience in developing instrumentation, preferably space instruments;
  • - Experience with System Engineering;
  • - Good communicator and listener;
  • - Good verbal and written communication skills (in English);
  • - Team player, working well as part of a diverse team;
  • - Ability to work in a continuously changing environment;
  • - Ability to identify the major issues, obtain relevant technical information from the team and formulate solutions;
  • -Be able to spend parts of your time with partner institutes outside the Netherlands;
  • - Innovative;
  • - Focused on collaboration;
  • - Responsibility;
  • - A global player;
  • - Flexibility.

What do we offer

ATG Europe offers excellent working conditions and provides you with all the necessary means to further your career. We believe that training and education, combined with regular assessments and a personal development plan, will create the best environment for growth. If needed we also assist you with settling in your new home or finding the right school for your children. ATG will help in any way it can, including a relocation budget that is applicable for ATG staff as well as employees working at one of our clients.