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Young Graduate Trainee for Procurement for Telecommunication Satellites Programmes

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

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Industry, Procurement and Legal 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 Procurement for Telecommunication Satellites Programmes

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

Within the Procurement Department, the Telecommunications Procurement Section is in charge of procurement implementation of all activities in support of the Telecommunications Department, including Business Applications. The relevant contracts cover a wide range of complexity, from €60k for business applications, €100k for R&D to large-satellite projects worth several €100m.

The Section implements all related procurement tasks, ranging from tendering, planning and issuing invitations to tender to evaluation of proposals, negotiation of contracts and their signature and monitoring.  Within the Division, the Section contributes to the overall reform of the procurement rules and procedures ongoing within the Department and supports the general work initiated in the Department to improve time-to-contract. In this context, the Division pays particular attention to ensuring consistency of contract management between the various Programme Directorates as well as other Procurement Divisions.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT, you will be providing support as contracts officer to the Telecommunications Directorate at ESA. You will become proficient at applying ESA’s Procurement Regulations and at drafting and negotiating contracts both for satellite procurements and for the downstream more commercial application activities.

Tenders, at a complex organisation such as ESA, require very good organisational skills and the capacity to interact with persons having backgrounds other than law.

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 their final year of a university course at Master's level (or equivalent) in Law or Economics, including preferably some knowledge in Contract and/or Procurement Law.

Additional requirements

The knowledge and the capacity to work with Microsoft Office tools, as well as sharepoint will be an asset.

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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