Project Controller

Application deadline
Vendredi, juin 21, 2019
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You will have the opportunity to provide support to the Programmes and Projects of the European Space Agency. Depending on the size of the programmes / projects and the organisation of the ESA responsible entity, your activities may cover one of several programmes/projects. This may include different categories of ESA programmes/projects in relation to the nature of the corresponding activities, such as space programmes/projects, study and R&D activity programmes, EC projects and activities, etc.

Note this is a 1-year assignment. 

Tasks and Activities
  • Support to the planning, preparation, execution and follow-up of projects / programmes activities in terms of schedule, related procurement actions, costs including preparation of CaC as relevant, manpower including support, etc. including:
    • Assisting in preparing, developing and maintaining programme level plans.
    • Assisting in the definition and in maintaining related work/procurement plans and related execution and contract actions plans using local tools as applicable.
    • Monitoring of the implementation of the programmes and of activities, as appropriate, and preparation of related reports and provision of management information as required.
    • Evaluating the results and main achievements of the programme, elaborating related KPIs, and preparing periodic overview publications.
  • In the field of resources (i.e. financial and manpower) for programme/project(s):
    • Assisting in the preparation of long-term, medium term and in-year resource plans.
    • Monitoring and controlling the implementation of the plans in line with resource targets, performing forecasting, identifying deviations and related recovery actions, producing related reports.
    • Reviewing / checking of ESA internal expenditures such as re-charges, support services and purchases for consistency with Cost–at– Completion (CAC) of industrial contracts.
    • Checking commitments for consistency with budgets and ESA’s procedures and consumption of commitment ceiling and initiating related budgetary transfers as required.
  • In the field of procurements and execution of contracts:
    • Support to the preparation and follow-up of the Agency’s tender actions.
    • Support to the proposal evaluations as expert for the price and schedule verification and analysis.
    • Support to the preparation of the financial contract commitment and the data entry of the milestone payment plans in the Agency’s system(s).  
    • Contributing to the elaboration, consolidation of related procurement workplans and detailed implementation plans (e.g. Contract Action Plan baseline) and related commitment consumption, cost and disbursement profiles.
    • Ensuring that above plans are properly inserted in the appropriate management tools.
    • Following-up of the progress of the procurement actions and contracts, and keeping track of status and maintaining the current actual and forecasting in the appropriate ESA tools.
    • Creating related objects in ESA-p, maintaining corresponding information in local applications as required and ensuring the correctness and coherence of related information.
    • Monitoring and controlling of timely implementation of actions related to procurement and contractual matters, including monitoring of financial commitments, payment milestones and invoicing.
    • Supporting industrial invoicing process and payment verification and control.
Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • You have a Masters Degree in Engineering or equivalent or MBA or equivalent University degree from a recognised Institution of secondary studies or equivalent qualification in Business Administration.
  • You have at least 4 years of relevant work experience.
  • You are proficient in the English language, both written and spoken.
  • You have experience in controlling and/or management of activities and resources in aerospace industry. For some tasks knowledge of Finance/Accounting may be required.
  • You are highly proficient in the use of modern activities and resource management support tools/databases of standard office automation support software packages including in particular advance usage of Excel (Ms-Office and in particular advanced use of Excel).
  • You have experience as user of SAP and in particular ECC and SRM modules.
  • You are able to rapidly understand and adapt to ESA specific context and environment including ESA corporate IT applications.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • You are familiar with relevant ESA corporate applications (e.g. ESA-p).
  • You have a past experience with ESA in relevant activities.


Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of CONFIDENTIAL or above.

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