Planning and Scheduling Officer (ESA-ESTEC)

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Serco Europe [2228]

Field(s) of expertise
Project and Service Management
Job type

About this job

Serco is a leading Space Services Provider with thousands of skilled resources that has supported over 50 space missions on behalf of more than 10 Space or Government agencies around the globe, including the ESA and NASA. Serco offers space capability across the full space lifecycle from satellite testing to Launch services, LEOP to spacecraft operations, space surveillance to data management, and supporting downstream application development. With over 55 years history in the space sector Serco is well placed to contribute to National strategies and New Space ventures who want to scale their businesses/organizations with skilled talent.

We are seeking a Planning and Scheduling Officer to work on our Customers Site (ESA-ESTEC) in the Netherlands. This is a fantastic opportunity to get into one of the most sought after space agencies in the world.

The position is full time with fixed term contract duration until 31.12.2026.


  • Participate in the establishment of, baseline schedules with the Project(s) andt he various mission elements (ground segment, spacecraft, payload).
  • Support the Project Manager and Project Controller during schedule meetings with industry.
  • Produce schedule reports including synthetic working schedule, identify critical items and problem areas
  • Produce trend charts and critical path analysis charts
  • Participate in cost at completion exercises.
  • Consolidate inputs for the programme level overall schedule, production of reports and trend charts to enable programme level analysis.
  • Provide ad hoc schedule analysis when serious deviations occur and as requested by project teams.
  • Train ESA teams on schedule tools where needed.


  • Master’s degree in Engineering or equivalent University degree from a recognised institution of secondary studies or equivalent qualification in Business Administration, with relevant experience.
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Demonstrated expertise with the use of modern schedule software tools (at least both MS Project, Primavera).
  • Expertise with the techniques that allow the use of such software tools to provide active schedule management and best scheduling practices.
  • Experience with the schedule peculiarities of spacecraft development is an asset.
  • Proactivity, good communication skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to interact effectively with the technical personnel in our projects and colleagues of different backgrounds (engineering, management, legal).
  • Capability to summarise and present complex information to colleagues and senior management in a concise and clear manner.
  • Capability to work autonomously and at the same time be able to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Problem solving mind set and high capacity to deliver are highly considered.
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken.
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset.


Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.


What we offer:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • Corporate Benefits Package.
  • Support provided on relocation – Information available upon request.
  • Company Events.

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