Contracts Officer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12389]

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

About this job

ESa is looking for a Contracts Officer.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


Under the direct authority of the Head of Division/Section, you will be responsible for the following duties:

  • Preparing requests for offers/invitations to tender;
  • Participating in the evaluation of offers and tenders;
  • Preparing and negotiating the resulting contracts;
  • Participating in monitoring the execution of the contracts;
  • Dealing with administrative, contractual, legal and industrial problems arising from the procurements concerned.

You will maintain close liaison with the initiating services technically responsible for the projects with which they are concerned, advising them on all procurement-related matters.


Technical competencies
Knowledge of the procurement environment in which an international organisation operates
Knowledge of the ESA institutional framework, policies and programmes
Mastering the analysis, drafting and presentation of complex contracts and/or of international public law instruments
Knowledge of the ESA institutional framework, and of the European and international space sector (institutional, commercial and/or industrial)
Cost structures and financial processes
Negotiation skills

A Master’s Degree preferably in law, economics or from a business school is required.

Additional requirements
You should demonstrate the ability to:

  • engage with senior stakeholders;
  • identify priorities and adjust them as required;
  • understand and formulate contractual/legal texts in both the official languages of the Agency (French and English);
  • understand issues of a technical nature.

At least 5 years professional experience in a public administration, international organisation or private industry.

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

The closing date for applications is 04 May 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, 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
We are the European Space Agency. Our mission is the peaceful exploration and use of space for the benefit of everyone. We watch over Earth, develop and launch inspiring and unique space projects, train astronauts and push the boundaries of science and technology, seeking answers to the big questions about the Universe. We are a family of scientists, engineers and business professionals from all over Europe working together in a diverse and multinational environment. We are dedicated to united space in Europe and united Europe in space. Learn more: http://www.esa.int/

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