Programme/Project Controller

Job ID: BMC-NAV-147

Deadline: 16 June 2022

Aurora is an established supplier of skilled manpower to ESA and in particular at ESTEC and ESAC. Aurora has the opportunity to expand our support to ESA in the domain of BMC – Business Management, Controlling & Administration.
Happiness of our employees has proven key to obtaining excellent results and a client who also regards us highly for excellent service.


The contractor will provide support to the Navigation business unit.

Typical Project Control duties will include:

  • Preparing, maintaining and reporting on the overall programmatic aspects(cost, finance, schedule, industrial return, risk, forward looking estimates and progress control as well as general project administration) of the project/missions, utilizing established procedures and financial/information systems. This relates to:
  • Cost At Completion(covering financial aspects of space segment, payload, launch, ground segment, LEOP and Agency manpower and provided services).
  • Cost Plans & budget preparation covering industrial and operating including workforce related costs.
  • Financial status of industrial contracts including payment plans and internal costs, including overheads, for compliance with budgetary provisions and financial regulations.
  • Industrial geographical return monitoring and forecast; active monitoring is expected, identifying and reporting trends, deviations to plans, potential problem areas and proposing remedial actions in coordination with the project manager(s).
  • Supporting Project Manager(s) in preparing, administrating and monitoring of Project procurement actions(Contracts, Purchase Orders, etc).
  • Supporting Project Manager(s) in Contract/Change negotiations and Change Control/Review Boards; contributing to the preparation of contract change documents.
  • Maintaining historical project databases and Project Plan Annexes.
  • Interfacing with Industry counter-part on all financial and administrative matters of industrial contract(s) to ensure their compliance with established formal requirements.
  • Supporting the Head of Office in executing the office’s duties, including participation in the definition and improvement of the project control procedures, computerized information and controlling systems.
  • Support EOP Asset Manager in the accounting of ESA assets.
  • Assist in the preparation of project(s) audits.

Specific qualification requirements

  • Applicants should have a Master’s degree in business administration/ commercial field and a solid working background in the disciplines related to the tasks described.
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken; knowledge of another official ESA language is an asset.
  • Minimum 4 years of experience in the Administration and Control of large projects, preferably in engineering driven organization. Experience in the use of planning and project control tools, and in budget and accounting software and databases.
  • Candidates are expected to be result oriented and have to demonstrate excellent planning and organization skills, attention to detail and be able to work effectively in a team environment. They must possess good judgment, integrity and good communications skills.
  • Good knowledge of Excel is expected.
  • Experience with ESA systems (e.g. esa-p) and/or with Tableau (or similar tools) is an asset.

Legal and Security Requirements

  • All applicants must be legally allowed to work in The Netherlands
  • Applicants are required to provide a copy of their passport and degree certificate. Aurora will validate the Degree with the issuing University and provide evidence to ESA.
  • Prior to issuing a letter of employment the applicant shall provide to Aurora a recent official document declaring that they are of good conduct from the country where currently resident.


The work will be performed at the European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) at Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


  • The selected candidate will receive good remuneration in line with ESA Job Class.
  • Will be registered for both social security and tax in the Netherlands.
  • The standard working hours are 40 per week. There are 12 public holidays and an additional 30 annual days holiday.
  • Training to improve efficiency and provide strength for future career are of course included.
  • Aurora assist with relocation both with support and financially.
  • Aurora contributes to a company pension scheme.

To be considered for this Position

Prior to 16 June 2022, please apply via our Job Application form quoting BMC-NAV-147 as reference.

Aurora will agree conditional employment terms and conditions with candidates before presenting them by 21 June 2022, 13.00 hours.

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