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Young Graduate Trainee for Corporate Strategy Development

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
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  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Public, Private Partnership
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Director General's 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 Corporate Strategy Development

This post is classified F1.


ESA Headquarters, Paris, France 

Our team and mission

The Corporate Development Office is responsible for developing and updating a coherent ESA corporate strategy encompassing the elaboration and updating of the Agency's Long-Term Plan (LTP) and Corporate Development Plan.

The Office prepares and supports their implementation through networking and coordination activities, developing and implementing Agency-wide policies, as well as specific actions notably in the areas of corporate Knowledge Management (KM) and Corporate Responsibility (CR) targeting the Agency’s sustainable and responsible development. It is also responsible for monitoring Agency-wide implementation of planning, through a coherent performance management system, and for implementing corporate Risk Management as defined by the Risk Management Policy in force.

The Office is divided into three areas of activity:

  • Corporate Strategy, in charge of preparing the Long-Term Plan and Corporate Development Plan and implementing corporate Risk Management;
  • Performance and Corporate Responsibility, in charge of establishing an Agency-wide system for performance measurement and defining CR activities and relevant policies;
  • Corporate Knowledge Management, team in charge of defining and implementing a corporate KM process and governance model and supporting their implementation across the Agency.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity
  • Supporting the definition of the Corporate Strategic Plan, building on ESA's corporate culture and identity and including actions and policies to be put in place to implement that strategy;
  • Providing input for a coherent corporate strategy, based on the Director General's vision and ESA long-term objectives and in line with the guiding principles for the management of the Agency
  • Contributing to implementation of an Agency-wide performance management system based on performance indicators cascaded at all levels;
  • Supporting the updating and monitoring of Agency-wide key performance indicators;
  • Contributing to implementation of a periodical Observatory of Performance Management (mainly focused on KPIs) at selected organisations related to the space sector or the public international sector. Its objective: identify a set of appropriate organisations to be compared to ESA, perform benchmarking of the status of performance management at those organisations and access the pool of KPI definition and data; 
  • Assessing the financial resources needed to ensure complete and consistent implementation of corporate strategy, including planning for their allocation, in close coordination with corporate and Programme Directorates;
  • Supporting strategic research projects with academia in the framework of ESA_Lab@ initiatives
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. In addition, relevant background in business and administration would be an asset.

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 as well as good planning and analytical skills and attention to details.

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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