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Young Graduate Trainee for Incentive Schemes Programme 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: 2020-02-04

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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 Incentive Schemes Programme Management

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The New, Associate and Cooperating States Section, based at ESTEC, is responsible for implementing the integration measures for new Member States (Poland, Romania, Hungary, Estonia) and Associate State Slovenia, in cooperation with Programme Directorates and the Technical Directorate. The Division manages the “Incentive Schemes” which aim at developing and reinforcing sustainable industrial and academic capacities in the space domain, in these countries, through technology development contracts, selected through specific Calls for Activities, on topics related to ESA’s overall future programme activities. The Section is further responsible for the implementation of the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS) – involving Latvia, Lithuania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Cyprus – which aims to develop space capabilities and education in these countries.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website

Field(s) of activity

As a YGT, you will contribute to the preparation of Calls for Ideas, support for the tender evaluation process and follow-up/monitoring of technology development activities implemented under the industrial incentive schemes of New Member States at ESA and under PECS. You may be asked to contribute to the assessment of received proposals, together with relevant ESA programme and technical experts, and provide support to senior engineers managing these schemes.

You may also be requested for these Member States to:

  • organise/support training courses, together with relevant ESA staff, to inform and train them in ESA procedures and how to prepare good proposals,
  • cooperate with auditors performing specific audits in the New Member States,
  • organise events with national industry and other European stakeholders, to favour the networking of national players with European space industries.
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 a technical or scientific discipline.

Additional requirements

Background in business or project management is considered beneficial.

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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