Financial/Grants Officer

Prague, Czech Republic, European Union Agency for the Space [GSA/2020/CA/002]

Field(s) of expertise
Business Administration and Finance
Job type

About this job

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 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.

Underpinning these efforts is the GSA’s Finance Department, which supports the Agency in achieving its goals, particularly regarding all matters related to budgeting and financial management. The Finance Department is part of the GSA’s administration platform, under the steering and supervision of the Head of Administration.


The Financial/Grants Officer will be handling financial transactions and reporting, and will report to the Head of Department (or his/her assignee). The job holder main tasks and responsibilities in principle will be:
•Implementing commitments, payments, collection of revenue and recovery of amounts;
•Backing-up and supporting the budgetary and accounting activities;
•Producing and distributing the required reporting packages and maintaining proper archives, records and databases;
•Acting as Financial Initiating Agent or Financial Verifying Agent and backing up other Financial Officers;
•Collecting, organising and presenting quantitative and financial data (e.g. financial reporting on core and or delegated budget);
•Managing missions and reimbursements of staff and external experts;
•Interacting in a result-oriented manner with GSA operational and support teams before, during and after procurement/grants process;
•Managing ex-post checks, including ex-post audits for grants;
•Providing input for drafting and implementation of new procedures and internal rules;
•Coaching GSA staff on financial procedures;
•Managing GSA VAT reimbursement and direct exemption claims including interaction with the Czech authorities.



The selection procedure is open to applicants who satisfy the following eligibility criteria, on the closing date for application:
1.Have a level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years attested by a diploma
2.Be a national of a Member State of the European Union
3.Be entitled to his or her full rights as citizen
4.Have fulfilled any obligations imposed by the applicable laws concerning military service
5.Meet the character requirements for the duties involved
6.Have a thorough knowledge of one of the languages of the European Union 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 post


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 a relevant field (Economics, Accounting, Business Administration, etc.) or in an unrelated field but with at least three years of relevant professional experience;
2.Very good experience in handling financial transactions and/or financial reporting;
3.Excellent command of both written and spoken English;

Advantageous criteria
4.Very good knowledge (by training or experience) of the Financial Regulation;
5.Experience in the use of the EU financial management tool ABAC and/or Compass;
6.Experience in EU institutions in budgeting / financial reporting / grants;

Behavioural competencies
8.Ability to deliver accurate work under pressure and prioritise tasks;
9.Ability to work with others within a team;
10.Sense of proactive initiative and ability to work independently with minimum supervision;
11.Excellent communication skills.

In order to consider your application valid, you are required to log in and submit application through the GSA e-recruitment portal https://www.gsa.europa.eu/gsa/jobs-opportunities

A full job description and further information on the application procedure can be found here: https://vacancies.gsa.europa.eu/Jobs/VacancyDetails/1430

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