Project Controller

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands Location: Application deadline: 15 July 2024 Reference number: 2134
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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?

On behalf of ESA, we are looking for a Project Controller to work at ESTEC’s premises in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Please note that this position is a fixed term contract.

About the client and location

The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) base in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. As ESA’s largest test centre, it is responsible for the majority of space technology and spacecraft development through varying phases of production.

Tasks and activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Preparation and maintenance of overall programmatic aspects of the project, i.e. cost, finance, documentation and progress control as well as risk-related aspects to provide full visibility on all aspects related to programme resources.
  • 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 concerning 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 concerning cost, progress, invoicing, payments, industrial return, geo return, deviations from plans and trends, interface with Delegations and industry (using SAP tool).
  • Establishing and maintaining annual budgets, manpower planning, cost at completion and geo return files.
  • Monitoring financial commitments for compliance with budgetary provisions and financial regulations.
  • Administering 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).

Skills and experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • Master’s degree in Engineering or equivalent, or MBA, or equivalent university degree from a recognised Institution of secondary studies or equivalent qualification in Business Administration, with relevant experience.
  • Experience in controlling and/or management of activities and resources in the aerospace industry.
  • Experience in the Satcom industry (Space and Ground Segments).
  • Experience in Private-Public Partnership contracts.
  • Experience in maintaining a Cost at Completion, anticipating and highlighting areas of concerns (technically and programmatically), initiating mitigation actions.
  • Experience in the preparation of synthetic reports with deviations from plans and trends. This includes Industrial as well as Operational costs.
  • 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.
  • Highly proficient with planning and project control tools (e.g. SAP, MS Excel, MS Project).
  • Excellent planning and organization skills and attention to detail, good judgment and a pragmatic approach.
  • Ability to interface at appropriate level with relevant actors within and outside of the Directorate.
  • 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.
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken. Knowledge of another official ESA language is an asset.

The following skills and experience would be highly desirable:

  • Experience with industrial return forecasting and reporting.
  • Experience in the analysis of business cases / 3rd party investments.
  • Familiarity with relevant ESA corporate applications (e.g. ESA-P, Eclipse).

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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