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Programme/Project Controller

Netherlands, Zuid-Holland, NoordwijkESA/ESTEC

Job description

We are looking for a Programme/Project Controller on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA) for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, or Harwell, UK, to join their Project Control & Management Support Section. The selected candidate should show integrity and professionalism. The deadline for submitting applications is 14 December 2022.

Please note, the successful candidate will be employed by ATG Europe (or one of its subsidiaries) and not by ESA. Furthermore, they will be subject to a general security screening performed by an external provider.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the preparation and maintenance of overall programmatic aspects of the project, i.e., cost, finance, documentation, and progress control, as well as risk-related aspects, with the aim to provide full visibility on all aspects related to programme resources. They will be tasked with, but not limited to:

  • Implementing and operating planning and control procedures to provide full visibility on all activities related to the progress, while ensuring compliance with established requirements for management reporting on cost, schedule, resources, and industrial return;
  • Assisting in the preparation of tender documents or contract change with respect to management, cost and schedule/planning requirements and participating in the evaluation of proposals, preparing information required for subsequent contract negotiations and participating in all tasks related to placing of contracts;
  • Supporting the management of industrial contracts, monitoring assigned contracts with respect to cost, progress, invoicing, payments, industrial return, geo return, deviations from plans and trends, interface with Delegations and industry (using SAP tool);
  • Establishing and maintaining of annual budgets, manpower planning, cost at completion and geo return files;
  • Monitoring financial commitments for compliance with budgetary provisions and financial regulations;
  • Administering of manpower, missions, and industrial procurements from a financial perspective (using WLMS tool);
  • Participating to reviews and progress meetings;
  • Providing required programmatic, workforce and financial data as well as support with analysis of such data as required preparing the regular programmatic and financial reporting to ESA management and national delegations;
  • Supporting the risk management process (using ARAMIS tool);
  • Implementing and maintaining the tools and the procedures for Project Documentation System (using Eclipse tool).

Job requirements

  • A Master’s degree in Engineering or Business Administration;
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience;
  • Experience in controlling and/or management of activities and resources in aerospace industry;
  • Experience in Satcom industry (Space and Ground Segments);
  • Experience in Private-Public Partnership contracts;
  • Experience in maintaining a Cost at Completion, anticipating and highlighting areas of concern (technically and programmatically), initiating mitigation actions;
  • Experience in preparation of synthetic reports with deviations from plans and trends, including Industrial as well as Operational cost;
  • Experience with the application of project management and project control principles related to the preparation, negotiation, and implementation of industrial procurements;
  • Experience in maintenance of a risk register, high level schedule and document configuration control;
  • Experience in project review and risk management processes;
  • Experience with industrial return forecasting and reporting is an asset;
  • Experience in the analysis of business cases / 3rd party investments is an asset;
  • Highly proficient with planning and project control tools (e.g. SAP, MS Excel, MS Project);
  • Familiarity with relevant ESA corporate applications (e.g. ESA-P, Eclipse) is an asset;
  • Excellent planning and organization skills and attention to detail, good judgment and a pragmatic approach;
  • Ability to work both autonomously and as part of a team within the boundaries of assigned tasks and stringent schedule;
  • Good sense of contacts and communications, ability to interface at appropriate level with relevant actors within and outside of the Directorate;
  • Fluency in English, both written and spoken;
  • Knowledge of another official ESA language is an asset.


Netherlands, Noordwijk