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VN 20/39 Lead Project Controller

In the EUMETSAT matrix organisation, the Process Assurance and Management Support (PRS) division of the Technical and Scientific Support (TSS) department provides management support services to the full organisation.

The PRS division provides in particular Project Control services to the Technical and Scientific Support (TSS) and the Operations and Support to Users (OPS) departments responsible for operations, maintenance, evolution and upgrade of operational satellite systems and providing support to the development programmes for next generation satellite systems managed by the Programme preparation and Development (PRD) department.

Within the Project Planning and Control Competence Area (PPC CA) of the PRS Division, the Lead Project Controller will be responsible for financial, budget, cost planning and control services to the TSS and OPS departments.


  • Deliver Project Planning and Control services to the TSS and OPS departments, following documented processes, and manage the Project Control team allocated to these tasks;
  • Consolidate the planning assumptions for those satellite programmes that are in their operational phase and analyse the schedule of activities for consistency with the cost planning;
  • Provide TSS and OPS departmental inputs to the overall budget and financial planning of EUMETSAT, including maintaining a financial profile for the programmes in their operational phase and coordination of inputs with the PRD department as regards development programmes for next generation satellite systems;
  • Provide cost-at-completion and analysis of margins, establishing and maintaining cost baselines related cost scenarios, for programmes in their operational phases;
  • Define and provide progress reporting to management, including performance indicators and analysis of deviations and trends;
  • Support the Project Planning and Control Competence Area Manager, and contribute to the overall harmonisation and improvement of project planning and control processes, standards and methodologies, working practices and tools.


Darmstadt, Germany


University degree in Engineering, Economics or equivalent in a relevant discipline


The official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French. Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.


14 October 2020


  • Relevant experience, preferably in an engineering environment, in project planning and control activities and in managing resource allocation;
  • Proven experience of team management, including planning and monitoring of activities and keeping critical skills up-to-date;
  • Proven knowledge and practice of administrative processes based on integrated financial system (e.g. SAP) and strong MS Excel ability;
  • Very good interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;
  • Experience working in a matrix-based organisation would be an advantage.


The initial contract will be of 4 years’ duration, with subsequent 5 year contracts being awarded thereafter, subject to individual performance and organisation requirements. There is no limit to the amount of follow-up contracts a staff member can receive up to the EUMETSAT retirement age of 63 and there are certainly opportunities to establish a long career perspective at EUMETSAT.
This post is graded A2/A4 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 5,797 per month (net of internal tax) which may be negotiable on the basis of skills and experience. The salary scale provides for increments on the anniversary of taking up employment, and scales are reviewed by the EUMETSAT Council with effect from 1 January each year. In addition to basic salary, EUMETSAT offers attractive benefits. Further information, including salary details, is available on the EUMETSAT web site.

EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women.
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.


EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.)