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Young Graduate Trainee in the Science and Exploration Contracts Division - Contracts Department


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Legal - Broad
    • Procurement
    • External Relations, Partnerships and Resource mobilization
    • Civil Society and Local governance
    • Scientist and Researcher
    • Innovations for Sustainable Development
  • Closing Date: Closed


Young Graduate Trainee in the Science and Exploration Contracts Division - Contracts Department

Job Requisition ID:  18427
Closing Date:  7 March 2024 23:59 CET/CEST
Establishment:  ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands
Directorate:  Directorate of Commercialisation, Industry and Com
Publication:  External Only
Vacancy Type:  Young Graduate Trainee
Date Posted:  8 February 2024


Young Graduate Opportunity in the Directorate of Commercialisation, Industry and Competitiveness


ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


This post is classified F1 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.



ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands 


Our team and mission


The Contracts Division is in charge of procurement implementation of all activities in support of the Science and the Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes Directorates.  The relevant contracts cover a wide range of complexity, from a few 100k€ R&D to large Satellites Projects of several 100m€.

The Division implements all related procurement tasks, ranging from tendering, planning and issue of invitations to tender, to evaluation of proposals, negotiation of contracts as well as their signature and monitoring. Also, in parallel the Division contributes to the improvement of the overall Regulatory frame in the Procurement Department, and supports the general work initiated in the Department to improve time to contract. In this context, the Division pays particular attention to secure consistency in the contract management among the different Programme Directorates as well as other Procurement Divisions.

You are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

As a Young Graduate Trainee, you will be trained to the job of contracts officer encompassing the support to preparation of requests for offers/invitations to tender, participating to the evaluation of proposals, preparing and possibly negotiating the resulting contracts, participating in the monitoring of the execution of the contracts. The selected candidate will also be involved in supporting the handling of administrative, contractual, legal and industrial problems arising from the procurements implementation. In addition, you will also contribute to structuring activities within the Contracts Department or to the benefit of the Programme Directorates.

Technical competencies

Knowledge of relevant technical domains
Relevant experience gained during internships/project work
Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities
Knowledge of ESA and its programmes/projects

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


You should have just completed or be in the final year of your master’s degree in law. Any knowledge in contracts and/or procurement law would be considered an advantage.

Additional requirements

You should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multicultural environment, both independently and as part of a team.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

During the interview motivation and overall professional perspective/career goals will also be explored.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.


For further information on the Young Graduate Programme please visit: Young Graduate Programme and FAQ Young Graduate Programme


At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us email


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as  Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented Member States*. 


In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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