Project Controller

Paris, France, ESA [12583]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Project Controller.

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.


  • defining the project control work breakdown structure (WBS), maintaining the related master data; 
  • preparing and updating (in-year, multi-year, at-completion) plans resources per project, including manpower and support, facilities, running and industrial costs, together and consistent with schedule; 
  • monitoring actual resource usage, analysing and explaining deviations, proposing corrective actions; 
  • performing tasks assigned to project controllers in ESA ERP (esa-p) for assigned projects, in particular ensuring that planning and resource data are up to date;
  • providing support for proposal evaluations and negotiations with industry, reporting to project teams, and supporting department-level reporting meetings;
  • providing data for industrial return, and supporting related analyses;
  • preparing and updating the financial/workforce part of project plans, supporting project reviews, preparing and/or supporting ad hoc analyses;
  • reporting on project management Key Performance Indicators (KPI) as regards schedule, cost and risk;
  • preparing and validating with the project manager’s inputs for concise text reporting;
  • supporting the year-closure exercise, ensuring that costs are accrued in the correct period, provisions are made, unused fund reservations released and the available commitment ceiling is monitored/validated in each data system used;
  • supporting the programme closure exercise; 
  • supporting Risk Management at project level; 
  • supporting Asset Management at project level.


Technical competencies
Cost and financial regulatory framework, including accounting standards and auditing Project and risk management
Budgeting, cost control and resources and activities planning Managing complex databases, ERP
A Master’s degree in economics, administration or cross-cultural studies is required.
Additional requirements
At least five years’ experience in posts related to economics, administration or cross-cultural studies.
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The closing date for applications is 23 June 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, Lithuania 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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