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Young Graduate Trainee for Cost Engineering

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

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.

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 Cost Engineering

This post is classified F1.


ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands 

Our team and mission

The System & Engineering Division of the Technical & Quality Management Directorate is responsible for the following main activities:

  • providing cost engineering support, tools and estimates to ESA projects;
  • providing system engineering support to projects in various phases of development;
  • conducting R&D activities related to system engineering methodologies and tools;
  • managing and providing technical support to small spacecraft projects for technology demonstration including preparatory activities (feasibility studies, pre-development);
  • managing and providing technical support to small projects for in-orbit technology demonstration (instruments, payloads);
  • managing the Concurrent Design Facility (CDF) and performing Phase 0 and support activities for ESA projects.

The Cost Engineering Section maintains a technical/economic database that constitutes the backbone of the cost modelling capabilities. It is consequently vital to keep the price and technology references up to date.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

Your main task involves collecting, organising and implementing in the Section CEDRE database price references for recent spacecraft projects. This will involve:

  • gathering and processing all necessary financial, schedule and technical information from available documentation;
  • interviewing technical specialists, project controllers and project managers for clarification and additional information and updates to be included;
  • organising the review and endorsement of data entered in the database, whereupon it can be used as reference for cost models and estimates by the entire Section;
  • possible involvement in the statistical analysis of the new cost data and its implementation in the Section’s cost models.

You may also:

  • assist cost engineers in their work for CDF studies;
  • provide technical support to other system and project activities in the Division, depending on your specific technical background.
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 aerospace engineering or related fields (such as electrical engineering, telecom engineering, mechanical engineering etc.), and/or in cost engineering / cost modeling.

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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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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