Project Management Support (EUMETSAT)

Darmstadt, Germany, Sapienza Consulting [1396.1]

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

About this job

We are recruiting two Project Management Support engineers for Sapienza to work on-site on our customer’s premises EUMETSAT (Darmstadt). These Controllers will be part of a larger project management service team within the Project Management Support Office (PMSO) and will provide end-to-end project support.


  • Preparation of the Project Charter (Project Opening Form)
  • Preparation of dedicated Project Baseline, Project Breakdown Structures and the associated Project Management Plan (PMP). The PMP contains, inter alia:
    • The Project development logic (Project lifecycle) including the interrelation with its related Programme and/or with other Upgrade Projects
    • The Project Phases and planning, including the definition of the objectives for the major Project Quality Gates
    • The management processes to be implemented during the Project lifecycle
    • The product tree, if applicable
    • The Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and associated Work Package (WP) descriptions, including the estimated effort and time scale required to perform the WP when applicable
    • The resources (human and non-human) allocated to each WBS element of the Project
    • The Key Performance Indicators to be used to monitor and control the progress of the Project
    • The Project schedule up to hand over to the related Programmes (still in Phase C/D) or to the Operational Readiness Review of Upgrade Projects, including the identification of the Critical Path and schedule indicators
  • During the execution of the project:
    • Update and maintenance of the project baseline and associated PMP
    • Maintenance of an Action Item List
    • Management of Project risks and associated mitigation actions
    • Preparation of synthesized progress reports for internal and external purposes
    • Preparation of presentations for internal and external purposes, attending the relevant Project progress meetings (including Project Board Meetings) and documenting and tracking the decisions and actions discussed and agreed
    • Preparation of Project Quality Gates from a management standpoint, as well as the organization of dedicated progress meetings and key checkpoints.
    • Preparation and maintenance of the Project Schedule and Schedule monitoring tools and indicators
    • Preparation of the Project closure activities, including a dedicated Lessons Learnt exercise


  • University degree (or equivalent) in an Engineering discipline
  • At least 3 years of demonstrated hands-on experience in Project Management disciplines (i.e. risk management, action control, reporting, planning), ideally with a PMP certification
  • Expert level usage of Microsoft Project (or similar project scheduling/planning and management tools)
  • Strong knowledge of related QA processes and procedures, preferably applied in projects
  • Experience working on a collaborative and multidisciplinary environment
  • Strong office computing skills with extensive hands-on experience in using the Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience in managing a portfolio of projects/activities will be seen as an advantage
  • Very good inter-personal and communication skills to be able to interface efficiently with both the management and technical / scientific counterparts and stakeholders
  • Ability to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner and be able to work calmly and correctly under stress
  • Ability to draft concise management reports and executive level presentations in English and the capability and experience to fulfil the assigned support tasks with a minimum of supervision
  • Direct experience of project management or scheduling for space/ground segment development or operations and with the ECSS lifecycle or equivalent will be considered as an advantage


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