Cost Engineer

Location: Paris, France Location: Application deadline: 30 July 2024 Reference number: 2136
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Are you looking for a new opportunity to take your career to a higher orbit? To join an international group with a successful track record in Space Engineering? A job adapted to your career ambitions and in which you could have an impact for the years to come?

We are looking for a Cost Engineer to be based at the Headquarters of the European Space Agency in Paris.

You will have the opportunity to integrate the Exploitation Cost Monitoring Office (STS-EMC), in the Directorate of Space Transportation (D/STS). You will be supporting audits and managing the implementation of a new strategy linked to cost reductions. For that purpose, you will be liaising with auditors and industry, ensuring the operational contracts are valid and properly respected, and identifying industrial, process and supply chain improvements.

About the client and location

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) headquarters are based in Paris, France. It is from here that all major political and administrative decisions are made with regard to ESA’s programmes, budgets and current and future plans.

Tasks and activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Perform services at the Paris HQ-D office in support of STS-EM, liaising with auditors and industry, ensuring the validity of industrial processes carried out as described in operational contracts, and helping to improve processes, with regard to exploitation related activities.
  • Assist STS-EMC to interface with the Industrial Auditing and Return Division concerning audits and establishment of industrial geographical return in exploitation, including regular visits to industry.
  • Confer with internal and external stakeholders about specifications, industrial capacities and capabilities, and the status of projects and BAU.
  • Propose industrial, process, and supply chain improvements.
  • Support in creating processes/methods to gather supplier contract and process activity data, designing control systems to minimise and resolve process and project issues.
  • Maintaining a good understanding of the Launcher Industry’s exploitation contractual and financial data and helping to develop, support and maintain the Launcher Industry’s exploitation cost files related to the transition and stabilised exploitation phases.
  • Assisting in assessing justifications concerning changes to production/exploitation contracts.
  • Confer with internal and external stakeholders about specifications, industrial capacities and capabilities, and status of projects and BAU.
  • Review schedules, process flows, etc. to understand methods and activities in operations, integration and services, and how to improve efficiency and eliminate waste.
  • Write and establish report elements, which will be directly usable in the ESA reporting system such as proposals and progress reports.

Skills and experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • University Degree (master’s degree) or equivalent in engineering or a relevant field.
  • At least 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • Experience/highly developed capability in complex information data mining, analysis and reporting.
  • Lean six-sigma training or another similar proven knowledge in industrial/production/Supply Chain optimization.
    • You have experience in one of the following areas :
    • Organizational change management;
    • Industrial processes, contract and / or supply chain management;
    • Operational audits, M&A, continuous improvement and/or industrial processes.
  • Senior level of technical writing skills.
  • Open to frequent travels.
  • Desire to work both autonomously and as part of a team, in an international multicultural environment.
  • Solution oriented mindset, with a customer focused communication skill.
  • Knowledge of French.
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken.

The following skills and experience would be highly desirable:

  • Knowledge of relational database concepts is an asset.

Why should you apply?

  • You will have the opportunity to work within leading space organisations across Europe.
  • We encourage everyone to think outside the box and to push the boundaries of traditional knowledge. This role is an opportunity to join a forward-thinking company and allows for a deeper understanding of the industry.
  • To be part of a company that values integrity, inspiration, care and collaboration.
  • Benefits include: competitive remuneration packages; unique career opportunities, including working in other countries; access to training and development programmes; flexible relocation support.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, all genders, LGBTQ+ individuals and ex-service personnel.

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Ola Akinkugbe

Talent Sourcer

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