GSMC Operations Analyst

Vacancy details

Temporary Agent EUSPA/2022/AD/022
AD7 Saint-Germain-en-Laye / France
20.07.2022 11:59 AM (GMT+2) 31.08.2022 11:59 AM
5 yes
2022 31.12.2022
Security Operations and Monitoring Head of Department or his/her assignee
SECRET UE / EU SECRET

[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 EUSPA and department’s organisation.

[4] The successful candidate must hold a valid personnel security clearance at the level defined above or be able and willing to apply for it immediately after the contract signature. The procedure for obtaining a personnel security clearance shall be initiated on request of the employer only, and not by the individual candidate. Description of the EU classified information levels is available here.

1. EUSPA AND THE HIRING DEPARTMENT

The European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) is an operational EU Agency that provides safe and secure European satellite navigation services, promotes the commercialization of Galileo, EGNOS, and Copernicus data and services. It also coordinates the EU’s forthcoming governmental satellite communications programme GOVSATCOM. EUSPA is also responsible for the security accreditation of all the Components of the EU Space Programme. For more information on the EUSPA and the EU Space Programme, click here.

The Security Operations and Monitoring Department (SOM) will undertake security operations (including security monitoring, cyber-defence and PRS) and monitoring (including performance assessment) of all (ground and space) elements of the EU Space Programme component through the continuous operations of the GSMC and of the GRC facilities; and will ensure the operational readiness of the corresponding operational teams and infrastructure, with the support of teams from other departments deployed in sites, to ensure the daily effective implementation of the Security Operations and Monitoring function.

The GSMC (Galileo Security Monitoring Centre) is an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure responsible for monitoring and responding to security threats and alerts, and the overall operational status of system components. For Public Regulated Services (PRS), the Centre is the Access management interface with governmental entities. The GSMC also supports the EEAS on the security of systems and services deployed, operated, and used under the Union Space Programme which may affect the security of the Union under the Council Decision (CFSP) 2021/698 of 30 April 2021.

The GRC (Galileo Reference Centre) provides independent monitoring and assessment of Galileo service provision performance, contributes to investigation and provides expertise in case of service degradation and integrates data coming from the Programme Member-States.

Location:

The GSMC and GRC sites are located in the EU:

  • GSMC Master site – Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France;
  • GSMC Backup site – San Martín de la Vega, Community of Madrid, Spain;
  • GRC – Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The place of employment for this position is Saint-Germain-en-Laye, one of the more affluent suburbs of Paris. With its historic museum and impressive castle, the city is less than 32 kms from romantic Paris and even less from the football stadium Parc des Princes, the home of Paris Saint-Germain club.

2. TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The Security Operations and Monitoring Department is looking to recruit a GSMC Operations Analyst who will support the Cyber Security Operations, Security Monitoring, the PRS Access operations, the application of the Council Decision 2021/698/CFSP and will contribute to the Security expertise/analysis.

The jobholder will report to the Head of department or his/her assignee and will have the following main tasks and responsibilities:

  1. Ensure Cyber Security Operations in support to the Operations performed at GSMC:
  • Perform Cyber Vulnerability Analysis activities, in particular:
    • Manage the network maps, ensure systematic examination of the operational infrastructure to detect and identify security deficiencies and new vulnerabilities;
    • Define mitigation strategies to reduce the risk and propose adequate security measures;
    • Contribute and participate to Cyber Review Boards;
    • Maintain the GSMC Vulnerability Management archive and related process;
  • Perform Cyber Threat Intelligence (CTI) Analysis activities, in particular:
    • Collect CTI products, including CTI feeds and reports to be processed for integration into Cyber- Security Operations Centre (C-SOC) systems, to produce regular threat intelligence reports.
    • Contribute to the creation and improvement of the security correlation rules based on threat intelligence, tactics, techniques, and procedures (TTPs), vulnerability and security incident reports;
    • Define and maintain a threat intelligence reports methodology;
    • Use a cyber threat intelligence platform or other tools to enhance analysis;
  • Contribute to preparation and execution of cyber simulation and threat hunting exercises;
  • Support security audits and implementation of security controls;
  1. Contribute to the Operations performed at GSMC:
  • Contribute to the organisation of GSMC operations, including schedules, availability of operators and stand-by, availability of infrastructure and GSMC business continuity planning in coordination with other GSMC teams;
  • Contribute to investigation of incidents, raising observations and anomaly reports, attend Anomaly review boards as required;
  • Support development of operational procedures, processes, documentation and training plans;
  1. Support Service Transition:
  • Support the Service Validation campaigns for new Galileo Infrastructure releases and contribute to the validation of other GSMC core services;
  • Support development and coordination of Service Validation Plans and Reports;
  • Support the GSMC Operations, Service and Configuration Review Boards;
  • Work closely with the engineering team to develop new requirements, operational scenarios and procedures, and optimise the existing ones;
  1. Contribute to the Agency as a whole:
  • Contribute actively to the cyber security community of the Agency and in the EU Space Programme;
  • Liaise with other departments, notably in the area of Administration, to ensure the execution of related corporate tasks, such as planning, reporting, administration, financial & budget management, risk management.

The GSMC Operations Analyst will be required to be on “on call” duty and might be requested to work also on shifts. To that extent, the necessary training will be organised by the EUSPA and the GSMC Operations Analyst will have to pass the relevant operational training and evaluations for both roles in order to remain qualified for the post.

3. ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

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
    OR
    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, Iceland or Norway
  4. Be entitled to his or her full rights as a 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
  8. Be physically fit to perform the duties linked to the post9

Temporary agents (2f) from EUSPA and other EU agencies, in grade AD7 or AD8, are also invited to apply in accordance with the following EUSPA rules: https://www.euspa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/conditions_of_employment_of_temporary_staff_ta.pdf


[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. Qualifications/diplomas awarded in the United Kingdom until 31/12/2020 are accepted without further recognition. For diplomas awarded in the United Kingdom after this date (from 01/01/2021), a NARIC recognition is required: https://www.enic-naric.net/.
[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.

4. SELECTION CRITERIA

All eligible applications, according to the afore-mentioned criteria, will be assessed against the requirements listed below solely based on the information provided by the candidates in their application. 

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.

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

Professional experience and expertise

  1. University degree in a relevant field (e.g. engineering, physics, mathematics or other exact sciences);
  2. Extensive and evidenced experience in Cyber Security Operations;
  3. Knowledge and experience in the coordination and/or execution of security and/or aerospace operations within complex technical programmes;
  4. Experience in managing 24/7 operations teams or in Service Provision, monitored through Key Performance Indicators;
  5. Experience in handling European Union Classified Information (EUCI) or National Classified Information, and preferably holding Personnel Security Clearance at or above SECRET UE/EU SECRET level;
  6. Certification in cybersecurity domain (e.g. CISSP, GIAC, OSCP), knowledge (by training or experience) of relevant security standards (e.g. CISSP, GIAC, ISO 27000, ISACA, NIST, SANS) or experience on Cyber Disaster Recovery;
  7. Experience in financial, procurement and contract management;
  8. Excellent command of both written and spoken English;

Required competencies

  1. Motivation;
  2. Excellent communication skills;
  3. Ability to work with others within a team as well as with stakeholders;
  4. Ability to deliver accurate work under pressure, organise workload and prioritise tasks;
  5. Sense of responsibility, accountability and attention to detail.

5. SELECTION PROCEDURE

The current vacancy aims to fill 2 (two) posts and establish a reserve list.

A comprehensive description of the selection process is available here.

Indicative date for the interview and written test: September 2022. The date might be modified depending on the availability of the Selection Board members.

Candidates are strictly forbidden to make any contact with the Selection Board members, either directly or indirectly. Any infringement of this rule will lead to disqualification from the selection procedure.

Any questions regarding the selection procedure should be addressed only to: jobs@euspa.europa.eu

In addition, candidates having any personal relationship within the EUSPA have the possibility to declare such situation to jobs@euspa.europa.eu.

6. APPLICATION PROCEDURE

In order to be considered for this position, candidates need to create an account by registering via the EUSPA e-recruitment tool.

Only applications submitted via the e-recruitment tool will be accepted. Applications sent via email or post will not be taken into consideration.

Multiple applications received for the same position via different accounts will lead to the exclusion of the applicant from the selection procedure.

Important: the information provided by candidates in their online application constitutes the solely basis for the assessment of the eligibility and selection criteria. Therefore, they are invited to carefully read the requirements and to provide the relevant information in such detail that would allow this assessment. Particular attention should be paid to information on the education and professional experience, in particular exact dates, description of responsibilities and duties carried out. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure accurate and elaborate completion of the application form and avoidance of unclarities and typos.

All sections of the application should be completed in English in order to facilitate the selection procedure.

In order to be considered, applications must be received by the closing date indicated in the vacancy notice.

Candidates are advised to submit the application well ahead of the deadline in order to avoid potential problems during the final days before the closing date of applications’ submissions. The Agency cannot be held responsible for any last-minute malfunctioning of the e-recruitment tool due to heavy traffic on the website.

Any request for technical support must be sent to: jobs@euspa.europa.eu minimum two working days before the vacancy notice deadline. Please note, that if you submit your request for technical support later, we may not be able to assist you;

Please consult the e-recruitment guideline for instructions on completing the application.

Any questions regarding the selection procedure should be addressed only to: jobs@euspa.europa.eu

7. APPEAL PROCEDURE

If a candidate considers that he/she has been adversely affected by a particular decision, he/she can lodge a complaint under Article 90(2) of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union and Conditions of employment of other servants of the European Union; submit a judicial appeal under Article 270 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU (ex Art. 236 of the EC Treaty) and Article 91 of the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union; or make a complaint to the European Ombudsman.

Details on how to initiate these processes are available here.

8. SUMMARY OF CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

FINANCIAL ENTITLEMENTS

The remuneration consists of a basic salary10 and, where applicable, additional allowances11, paid on a monthly basis and reimbursements12, paid upon their evidenced occurrence.

The sum of the basic salary and the applicable additional allowances is weighted by the correction coefficient applicable for the location of the post13. The sum of usual social deductions from salary at source is subtracted from the weighted amount14. The full pay is exempted from the national income tax, but is subject to the internal income tax and the solidarity levy15.

Examples of net monthly salaries (as currently applicable in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France) are presented below:

AD 7 - Step 1 (less than 9 years of work experience)16
a) Minimum final net salary (without any allowances) b) Final net salary with expatriation allowance c) Final net salary with expatriation, household and 1 dependent child allowance

5,907.06 EUR

7,137.61 EUR

8,384.28 EUR

 

AD 7 - Step 2 (more than 9 years of work experience)16
a) Minimum final net salary (without any allowances) b) Final net salary with expatriation allowance c) Final net salary with expatriation, household and 1 dependent child allowance

6,119.42 EUR

7,401.68 EUR

8,668.33 EUR

 

LEAVE ENTITLEMENTS

Staff is entitled to annual leave of two working days per each complete calendar month of service plus additional days for the grade, age, home leave for expatriates and an average of 16 EUSPA public holidays per year.

Special leave is granted for certain circumstances such as marriage, moving, elections, birth or adoption of a child, serious sickness of spouse, etc.

SOCIAL SECURITY

The pension scheme provides a very competitive pension after a minimum of 10 years of service and reaching the pensionable age. Pension rights acquired in one or more national schemes before starting to work at the EUSPA may be transferred into the EU pension system.

EUSPA’s benefits include an attractive Health insurance: staff is covered 24/7 and worldwide by the Joint Sickness Insurance Scheme (JSIS). Staff is insured against sickness, accident and occupational disease, and could be entitled to unemployment and to invalidity allowances.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT AND BENEFITS CONTRIBUTING TO WORK-LIFE BALANCE

EUSPA aims at creating and maintaining a supportive and healthy work environment that enables staff members to have a balance between work and personal responsibilities, for example through flexible working time arrangements. 

EUSPA also offers a wide range of training courses to develop staff members’ personal skills and to keep in touch with the latest developments in their field. The training and professional development opportunities are attuned to the career plan and requirements of the departments.

INTERNAL AND INTERAGENCY MOBILITY

In case of internal or interagency mobility, EUSPA and the selected candidate shall conclude a contract of employment in accordance with the EUSPA rules:

https://www.euspa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/conditions_of_employment_of_temporary_staff_ta.pdf


[10] As per Articles 92 and 93 CEOS.
[11] Household allowance (e.g. if you have a dependent child or you are married and your spouse's income is below a defined threshold); Dependent child allowance (e.g. if you have a child under the age of 18 or between 18 and 26, if in specified training programme); Education allowances (in very specific cases) or Payment of the education fees applicable to the educational institutions EUSPA has an agreement with (currently more than 18 international schools in the Czech Republic and Spain, and accredited European Schools in France and in the Netherlands); Expatriation allowance (16% of the sum of basic salary and other applicable allowances).
[12] If the staff member is requested to change the residence in order to take up duties, s/he will be entitled to: reimbursement of the travel costs; temporary daily subsistence allowance (EUR 45.12 for up to 10 months or EUR 36.39 for 120 days, if no dependents); installation allowance (depending on personal situation, 1 or 2 months of the basic salary – paid upon successful completion of the nine-month probationary period).
[13] Currently correction coefficients for the EUSPA duty locations are: 88,1% for CZ, 119,9% for FR, 111,4% for NL, 96,3% for ES The coefficient is updated every year, with retroactive effect from 1 July.
[14] Pension (10.10%); health insurance (1.70%); accident cover (0.10%); unemployment insurance (0.81%).
[15] Currently: income tax: tax levied progressively at a rate of between 8% and 45% of the taxable portion of the salary; solidarity levy: 6%.
[16] Kindly note that the numbers in examples b) and c) are indicative and net monthly remuneration varies depending on the personal, life and social situation of the incumbent. The various components of the remuneration are updated every year, with retroactive effect from 1 July.

9. COMMITMENT

Declaration of commitment to serve the public interest independently:

The jobholder will be required to make a declaration of commitment to act independently in the public interest and to make a declaration in relation to any interest that might be considered prejudicial to his/her independence.

The jobholder will be required to carry out his/her duties and conduct him/herself solely with the interests of the European Union in mind; he/she shall neither seek nor take instruction from any government, authority, organisation or person outside his/her institution. He/she shall carry out the duties assigned with objectivity, impartiality and loyalty to the European Union.

Commitment to promote equal opportunities:

The Agency is an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourages applications from all candidates who fulfil the eligibility and selection criteria without any distinction whatsoever on grounds of nationality, age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, gender or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or other family situation.

10. DATA PROTECTION

The personal data requested from applicants will be processed in line with Regulation (EU) N° 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, officers and agencies and on the free movement of such data (repealing Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 and Decision N° 1247/2002/EC) and the applicable privacy statement which can be accessed here: https://www.euspa.europa.eu/sites/default/files/privacy_statement_selection_and_recruitment_2019.pdf