Cost Engineer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10791-19472]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

ESA is looking for a Cost Engineer.


This position forms part of ESA’s Advance Recruitment Scheme which is established to provide appropriate staffing resources when requirements materialise.

Appointments are therefore made for an initial duration of two years upon which you may be appointed to a permanent post at the Agency.


Reporting to the Head of Section and within the technical fields described above, your main tasks and responsibilities will include:

• Preparation of independent cost estimates in support of projects and other procurement actions for all areas of ESA activity with due consideration being given to technical, programmatic, planning and procurement aspects;
• Comparative analysis of industrial contractors’ estimates, prices and cost-at-completion;
• Participation in tender evaluation boards and associated cost-related panels;
• Participation in project reviews;
• Supporting industrial contract negotiations;
• Cost engineering tasks in the context of assessment studies in the Concurrent Design Facility.

To carry out these tasks, you will use and contribute to the development and maintenance of models, analysis tools, databases and methodologies, including:

• ECOS, the ESA Costing Software;
• the Cost Engineering Section’s cost/technical databases;
• design-to-cost and risk analysis techniques and tools covering the whole life-cycle cost;
• ESA internal parametric cost and schedule estimating models.


Technical competencies

• Development of cost and schedule models;
• Knowledge of technical domains and related R&D space industry trends;
• Technical domains and in particular space systems development;
• Systems engineering;
• Cost engineering methods and application tools;
• Knowledge of ESA and its programmes/projects;
• Data Science competence related to the development of cost and schedule models.


A Master’s degree in an engineering discipline applicable to space is required.

Additional requirements

You should have some years of experience in cost estimating (preferably for space activities) and some experience in developing and using relevant software applications such as commercially available parametric models.
Preference will be given to those candidates with an engineering background and knowledge of econometrics or economics, a with systems approach experience, taking account of cost, technical and programmatic aspects such as planning and risks.

For a complete job description and to apply, click on “apply”.

The closing date for applications is 11 December 2020.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email contact.human.resources@esa.int.


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia and Slovenia.

We offer

The European Space Agency (ESA) is an equal opportunities employer that offers competitive salaries exempt from national income tax and excellent employment conditions, such as allowances for expatriates and relocation support.
For more information: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA

About us

The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
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