Are you a Cost Engineer? Do you have experience in industrial contract negotiation?

We are looking for a Cost Engineer who will join the Octagon Professionals projects team at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk (ESTEC). Read more about this exciting opportunity and apply today!

Your responsibilities:

  • Preparation of cost estimates in support of ESA projects, based on technical, programmatic, and procurement information.
  • Analyses of industrial contractor estimates and prices.
  • Participation in Tender Evaluation Boards and associated cost related panels.
  • Participation in ESA project reviews.
  • Support for industrial contract negotiations.
  • Cost engineering tasks in Concurrent Design Facility studies.
  • Projects data collection, analysis, normalization and entry into the existing Cost Engineering database;
  • Cost model development. This includes cost, schedule, and risk aspects.
  • Cost Estimates including schedule and cost risk estimates.
  • Provision of Cost Estimate reports according to the ESA standards.
  • Accountability records consisting of comparing in a structured manner the external estimates and prices versus the internal estimates.
  • Benchmarking and calibrating internal and external cost models.


  • Master’s degree from a recognized institution of secondary studies or equivalent.
  • Ability to readily assimilate input data and providing timely output.
  • Ability to work independently and establish good working relations with relevant actors in ESA and Industry.
  • Reliability, objectivity, thoroughness, and initiative.
  • Good communication skills.
  • Knowledge of ESA and its programs and projects is an asset.
  • Broad knowledge of current developments in the space industry.
  • Basic economics knowledge.
  • System engineering skills are a benefit.
  • At least 4 years of relevant working experience.
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken. Knowledge of another official ESA language is an asset.

We offer:

  • Attractive remuneration package and advice on tax-free benefits.
  • Up to 30 vacation days & additional 12 public holidays based on the 40h working week.
  • Advice from our Learning & Development Specialist on most suitable training/courses.
  • Extra budget and up to 5 extra days off for your professional development.
  • Pension contribution to a tailor-made pension scheme.
  • A yearly subscription to the ESTEC gym facilities and swimming pool.
  • Assistance with relocation in case you are moving to The Netherlands from abroad.

Ready for this new challenge? Apply now and let’s get in touch!

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Start Date: 01-09-2020
Salary: Competitive package
Consultant: Sara Cruz
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