Chief Operating Officer -European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)

The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) has set up a selection procedure that aims to establish a reserve list for:

Chief Operating Officer

(Vacancy Reference Number: GSA/2017/900)
The European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) was established by Council Regulation (EC) N° 1321/2004 of 12 July 2004 and started operations in 2005. By virtue of Regulation (EU) N° 912/2010 which entered into force on 9 November 2010, subsequently amended by Regulation (EU) N° 512/2014 of 16 April 2014, the GSA became the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Agency. It is a regulatory agency of the European Union and its tasks are to:
  • Ensure the security accreditation, including through the Security Accreditation Board (SAB), of the systems and the operation of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC)
  • Perform tasks and assist the Commission in the implementation of the Public Regulated Service (PRS) decision
  • Contribute in the context of the deployment and exploitation phases of the Galileo programme and the exploitation phase of the EGNOS programme to the promotion and marketing of GNSS services
  • Under delegation from the Commission, perform tasks concerning the exploitation of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes including operational activities, development and deployment activities, promoting the development of applications and services based on the systems, and promoting the development of fundamental elements
  • Enter into the working arrangements with ESA that are necessary for the fulfilment of the tasks under the Regulation
  • Provide the Commission with its technical expertise, including for the assessment of the possibility of promoting and ensuring the use of the Galileo and EGNOS systems
All staff of the GSA has been attracted by the unique opportunity of contributing to make the most important project of technology innovation of the EU come true. The majority of staff have previously worked in the private
sector, mostly in competitive industries, and the GSA is applying the best world class practices.
The Chief Operating Officer is a new function within the GSA, decided on by the Administrative Board, which is put in place to ensure efficient and effective management of the Agency’s Galileo service, EGNOS service, Security, GSMC, Project Control and Market Development activities, working in a matrix organisation structure. The Chief Operating Officer is required to effectively and efficiently manage such an organisational structure, leading GSA  operational corporate activities, including those related to strategy implementation, organisation and processes and integrated management system, and contributes actively to non-operational corporate activities.
The Chief Operating Officer reports to the Executive Director and exercises the role of Authorising Officer for financial commitments and staff matters within the boundary of a delegation from the Executive Director. In the absence of the Executive Director, the Chief Operating Officer can replace him/her for all GSA activities and exercise the role of Authorising Officer for administrative and staff matters.
The Chief Operating Officer, amongst other tasks, is responsible for:
  • Implementing the GSA strategy for its current and future operational activities
  • Managing and controlling the planning and execution of the GSA operational activities in compliance with the Single Programming Document and Delegation Agreements, ensuring their consistency and the necessary trade-offs
  • Authorising the release of the main planning, reporting and programme (including Galileo, EGNOS, Security, GSMC, Project Control and Market Development) documents related to Galileo and EGNOS developed by the Agency
  • Ensuring the appropriate resourcing balance between the Galileo, EGNOS, Security, GSMC, Project Control and Market Development departments for the Galileo and EGNOS Programmes, finding efficiencies and synergies wherever possible
  • Ensuring the GSA interface and representing the Agency where necessary
  • Deputising the Executive Director when she/he is absent

In addition, the Chief Operating Officer contributes to other tasks of the Agency as necessary.

Furthermore, it is noted that the tasks described above may evolve together with the changing nature of the Agency’s mission and organisation.
The location of the post is foreseen to be GSA Headquarters, Prague (CZ), with frequent missions in particular to Brussels (BE), Noordwijk (NL), Torrejon (ES), Saint Germain en-laye and Toulouse (FR).
Place of employment: Prague (Czech Republic)
Application deadline: 15/01/2018 23:59 hours (CET)

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