Budget Controller

ESO - European Southern Observatory - Chile

Budget Controller

ESO - European Southern Observatory

Garching, Germany

The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world’s most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries. ESO operates three unique world-class observing facilities in northern Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor (home to ALMA and APEX), and the ESO Headquarters are located in Garching, near Munich, Germany.

At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world’s most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory, and will host and operate the southern array of the Cherenkov Telescope Array, the world’s largest and most sensitive high energy gamma-ray observatory. ESO is a major partner in ALMA, the largest astronomical projects in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope (ELT), which will become “the world’s biggest eye on the sky” and whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.

Due to the need for additional resources for budget controlling in the Finance Department, within the Directorate of Administration at its Headquarters in Garching, near Munich, Germany, ESO is advertising the position of Budget Controller.

This is an excellent opportunity for professionals in controlling, cost accounting and database handling.The role is foreseen to support the Head of Resource Planning and Controlling within the Finance Department in the execution of various tasks falling under their respective responsibility.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Monitor budget execution of defined activities and projects;
  • Support project development and operations departments in preparation of the annual budget;
  • Support the preparation of the personnel budget and its allocation to the relevant tasks;
  • Regular cost charging of staff effort to projects and activities based on the Organisation’s time logging tool;
  • Internal recharge of various costs to projects and activities including coordination with parties involved;
  • Definition and update of cost rates incl. associated overheads;
  • Support for the preparation of decision-making documents for internal and external bodies;
  • Document and improve processes related to the listed tasks;
  • Ad-hoc support to financial analysis.

The main duties for this position are not limited to the above and a flexible approach and willingness to adapt within the Finance Department is essential.

Reports to:

The Head of Resource Planning and Controlling.

Key Competences and Experience:

Essential Competences and Experience:

  • At least five years of working experience with budgets and cost accounting;
  • Good knowledge of financial processes (budgeting, financial closure and reporting, etc.);
  • Excellent analytical skills;
  • Proficient in using Business Intelligence Tools;
  • Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office Package (especially Excel);
  • Solid knowledge of an ERP system;
  • Understanding of data analysis;
  • High level of attention to details and ability to quickly and effectively identify potential flaws;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills with friendly and service oriented attitude;
  • Ability to monitor progress of her/his own work, to organise activities, to work under pressure and to deliver to agreed deadlines and standards;
  • Ability to work both on your own initiative and within teams in an international and multicultural environment.

Desirable Competences and Experience:

  • Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills with ability to prioritize her/his own activities;
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills;
  • Ability to rapidly understand and adapt to ESO specific context and environment including ESO Matrix structure;
  • User experience of Microsoft Dynamics NAV and in COGNOS TM1.


  • A High School diploma or General Educational Development degree is required. Additional qualifications, such as an academic degree in the areas of Finance and Controlling, are desirable.

Language Skills:

  • A very good command of the English language is essential and a working knowledge of Spanish would be an advantage.

Remuneration and Contract:

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary (tax free), comprehensive pension scheme and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family and the possibility to place your child/children in daycare.

The contract is for a fixed term duration of three years, and is subject to successful completion of the probation period. There is a possibility of extension(s) subject to individual performance and organisational requirements and as defined in the applicable policies and staff rules and regulations. For any further information, please visit ESO's conditions of employment. Please note that the contract policy and in particular the regulations concerning fixed-term and indefinite contracts are currently under review which may lead to changes in the contractual conditions applicable to this position.

Duty Station: ESO Headquarters at Garching, near Munich.

Career Path: IV


If you are interested in working in areas of frontline science and technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit http://www.eso.org for further details.

Applicants are invited to apply online at http://jobs.eso.org/. Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV. Within your CV, please provide the names and contact details of three persons familiar with your work and willing to provide a recommendation letter upon request. Referees will not be contacted without your prior consent.

Closing date for applications is 30 September 2020.

Interviews are expected to be held soon afterwards.

No nationality is in principle excluded however, recruitment preference will be given to nationals of Australia, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Chile irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion.

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