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Young Graduate Trainee for Knowledge & Process Review Management

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
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  • Closing Date: 2020-02-04

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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 Knowledge & Process Review Management

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The Cost Centre Control and Support Services Team within the Directorate of Human & Robotic Exploration prepares and controls the Directorate’s Cost Centre budgets, financial plans, workforce plans; is responsible for the preparation and regular updating of the Directorate’s dashboard tool; coordinates the implementation of risk and opportunity management; ensures the integrity of Directorate financial and cost accounting statements; acts as point of contact within the Directorate for the Corporate IT Department; manages the provision of documentation services to the Directorate’s programmes. It prepares and implements the Directorate-specific management procedures, work instructions and related performance indicators and provides support for the Director on matters of internal Directorate organisation.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

A traineeship in the Team is an opportunity to shape new business methods and tools for the Directorate of Human & Robotic Exploration Programmes.

You will be involved in specific topics in the field of business and process improvement management and will support the activities of the Team, with a focus on:

  • evolving the Knowledge Management (KM) approach including the Lessons Learned (LL) activities for the directorate.  According to ESA policy, the principles of KM are the identification, capture, sharing and maintenance of core knowledge as well as the promotion of a knowledgecentric organisation and a sharing culture with the aim of strengthening innovation for space and science in Europe;
  • supporting activities such as personal data protection, security, quality management, etc;
  • contributing to the review and improvement of Directorate internal processes and methods;
  • coordinating the Directorate Sharepoint developments on KM;
  • strengthening management process reviews and the relevant reporting procedures (including dashboard, balance scorecard and Key Performance Indicators);
  • supporting the definition and implementation of a continuous improvement scheme for the Directorate such as lean administrative processes and reducing inefficiency.
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 such as business and administration management, project management, business engineering and process development.

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

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