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Young Graduate Trainee for Technical and Programmatic Reviews

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
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  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Director General's Services.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged.

Young Graduate Trainee for Technical and Programmatic Reviews

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Office of the Inspector General is an independent support service. It works across Directorates, under the authority of the Director General. It assists the DG and the Directors by providing independent assessments of programmatic-critical issues and as such guarantees consistent, affordable, technical excellence within the Agency. To this end, the Inspector General and Office are responsible for:

  • ensuring that programmes and projects are appropriately reviewed in terms of technical, cost, planning and quality factors;
  • planning and organising integrated project reviews and related independent assessments of project plans in close collaboration with Directorates;
  • ensuring assessment of project resources and risk;
  • ensuring the quality of the system of such reviews, including methods, processes and tools, and proposing improvements as appropriate;
  • organising and monitoring all necessary enquiry boards in the event of anomalies and malfunctions

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

Through your involvement in the Office, you as YGT will have an opportunity to gain an insight into the entirety of the Agency’s programme activities across all Directorates. The Traineeship will therefore enhance wide-angle understanding of the Agency’s operations.

More specifically, you will support the Office in:

•     liaising with Programme Directorates for the planning of technical reviews, resource assessments and integrated project plan reviews

•     participating in the organisation and performance of the actual reviews

•     assessing and demonstrating compliance with quality management within the Office (ISO 9001)

•     developing quantitative risk management methodologies to be implemented in the framework of the Project Resource Assessment Review process

•     participating in the generation of reports regarding enquiries and office-internal activities as required and feasible

•     participating in critical assessment of, and improvement proposals for, the Office’s functioning.  

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
Self Motivation
Continuous Learning
Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

You should have just completed, or be in the final year of a university course at Masters' level (or equivalent) in a technical or scientific discipline.

Preference will be given to applicants graduated from a technical university and completing their education with a business administration qualification or a combined technical / business administration education.

Additional requirements

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.

You should demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.

During the interview your 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.

The closing date for applications is  15 December 2019.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please 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 Slovenia, as an Associate Member, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

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

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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