Senior Technical and Programmatic Project Assessment Lead Officer

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, ESA [12481]

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

About this job

ESA is looking for a Senior Technical and Programmatic Project Assessment Lead 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.



  • organising and conducting Resource Assessment (RA) reviews by performing thorough, independent technical and programmatic appraisals of project resources (schedule, cost, manpower) and risks, with identification of the key risk drivers, their overall impacts on the baseline and relevant mitigation actions;
  • producing project Resource Assessment reports, identifying risk mitigation options and proposing recommendations to help the project achieve its objectives;
  • contributing to maintaining and ensuring the evolution of the Office’s processes (Resource Assessment and Integrated Project Reviews), methods, procedures and tools, improving corporate competences related to the assessment of project resources and related risks;
  • reviewing and promoting project management and space system engineering best practices across the Agency to ensure adherence to the principles of efficiency and economy;
  • providing support to the Head of Office, in coordination with the responsible Directorate, for the timely production/updating of project plans, ensuring the completeness and quality of the required information in line with the policy in force;
  • providing support to the Head of Office in organising and conducting Integrated Project Reviews (IPRev) in close cooperation with responsible Directorates;
  • providing support to the Inspector General and Head of Office in organising and undertaking ad hoc technical and programmatic assessments, key point reviews, enquiry boards, and rapid cross-Agency responses to mission-critical issues.

You will also support all other tasks within the competences of the DG-I Office, including participation in critical project reviews as requested by management.


Technical competencies
Knowledge Spacecraft system engineering
Knowledge of mission costs and schedule aspects
Knowledge of project risk management
Knowledge of ESA reviews processes
Knowledge of ESA space projects development, verification and procurement processes and standards
Knowledge of space projects development, including instrumentation and operations

A Master’s degree in engineering is required for this post.

Additional requirements
Sound knowledge of spacecraft systems and several years’ experience in a project environment.
Experience acquired through participation in major space system reviews and in the appraisal of the risks, schedule and costs of space projects will be considered an asset.
In discharging your duties, you will liaise closely with ESA Project/Programme Teams and technical experts in various engineering, cost and schedule disciplines. You should therefore demonstrate technical, management and coordination abilities and communication and interpersonal skills.

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

The closing date for applications is 08 July 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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