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Young Graduate Trainee for Programme Implementation Process Management

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Human & Robotic Exploration Programmes.

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 Programme Implementation Process Management

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

Within Directorate of Human & Robotic Exploration Programmes, the Coordination Team provides direct support to the Director for the implementation of the formal aspects of Directorate programmes, including the preparation of key documents. The Team is in charge of the implementation of effective stakeholder management of Participating State delegations, the science community, industry and international partners and ensures an effective two-way flow of information.

The secretariats of the Programme Board for Human Spaceflight, Microgravity & Exploration (PB-HME), the Exploration & Utilisation Board (EUB), the programme-level Advisory Committee (HESAC) and the Directorate’s point of contact for interactions with the Adjudication Committee and the Industrial Policy Committee (IPC) are provided by the Coordination Team. It carries out its tasks in close cooperation with the Director General’s Services (e.g. External Relations Department) and the Legal and Procurement services as appropriate.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As YGT you will participate in the implementation of all E3P activities decided at Space19+ and their corresponding procurement actions. In particular, the Trainee will design and implement a process for streamlining the flow of information from PB-HME to the Adjudication Committee /Industrial Policy Committee and the preparation and submission of required documents for the industrial procurement of E3P activities, in close coordination with the Procurement and Legal services or any other service as appropriate.

You  will contribute to the preparation of meetings with delegations (e.g. PB-HME, EUB, bilaterals) and with advisory bodies as appropriate.

You will also support the preparation and finalisation of minutes of meetings, actions, documents as required, as well as any other ad hoc tasks within the scope of the Team.

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 Master's level (or equivalent) in a technical or scientific discipline or in business administration.

Additional requirements

You should have the ability to draft documents and have a general interest in and good understanding of technical, programmatic and policy issues as well as in the space sector. A good knowledge of computer literacy - Microsoft Office software, particularly Word, PowerPoint and Excel is required.

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

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