Project Controller

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [10567]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Project Controller.


Project Control duties and activities typically include:

  • preparing tender and contract change documents covering management, programmatic and financial matters, participating in the evaluation of industrial proposals and contract change documents and preparing information required for subsequent industrial contract negotiations;
  • contributing to the preparation of preliminary change implementation proposals in response to EC and/or GSA change requests for agreements in place;
  • supporting contract negotiations with industry on management, schedule, programmatic and financial matters;
  • organising and participating in ESA technical reviews of industrial activities, including coordination with external entities such as EC, GSA and other security-related bodies as required;
  • maintaining schedules, controlling industrial activity schedules and progress with respect to plans by reviewing progress reports, participating in meetings and following up the contracts and internal action items registry;
  • contributing to the establishment and maintenance of financial plans, evaluating industrial proposals and contract changes and following up commitments and industry milestone accruals;
  • contributing to the risk management function by identifying and documenting risk, analysing its probability/impact and proposing appropriate mitigation actions;
  • contributing to the preparation and analysis of internal/external status reports and plans and to the maintaining of the Galileo System design, development and validation plan and of detailed Galileo work schedules for industry and EC/GSA, plus other schedules or customer-undertaking documents;
  • assisting with the definition and implementation of planning and control procedures and with providing visibility over all Project-related activities;
  • interfacing with industry, EC, GSA and security accreditation bodies on financial, programmatic and schedule control matters;
  • ensuring industry compliance with established formal requirements for management, costs, schedule and risk-reporting;
  • contributing to the Directorate central programme management function and the Business Unit Controller with regular and ad hoc analyses and data as required.


Technical competencies
Understanding of the relevant ESA/EU procurement regulations
Project and risk management
Budgeting, cost control and resources and activities planning
Cost and financial regulatory framework, including accounting standards and auditing
Understanding of space system architectures

A Master’s degree or engineering qualification or a degree in business administration at Master’s level is required.

Additional requirements

  • You should be experienced in the use of modern automated planning and project control tools, and budget and accounting as well as office automation software.
  • You are expected to demonstrate excellent planning and organisational skills and attention to detail and be able to work effectively in a team environment.
  • You should possess sound judgment, have integrity and good communication skills.
  • You must be willing to travel.

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

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2021.

At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us at 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 and Slovenia. According to the ESA Convention the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented Member States. (http://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/careers/NationalityTargets.pdf)

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

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