Project Planning and Control Competence Area Manager

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Project Planning and Control Competence Area Manager

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Darmstadt, Germany

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency, operating a fleet of satellites delivering weather and climate-related satellite data and images to our users worldwide; helping protect lives, property and industries.

This is your chance to contribute to a world leading earth observation programme, set to generate global weather forecasting and climate monitoring benefits.

The EUMETSAT Process Assurance and Management Support (PRS) division provides support to the development and operations of EUMETSAT satellite systems, in particular ground systems, as well as quality assurance and management support services to the full organisation.

Within the PRS Division the Project Planning and Control Competence Area (PPC CA) provides Project Control support, cost control checks and balances as well as cost modelling as required. Activities focus on budget preparation, cost and budget control, financial planning and on providing reports that enable management to take their strategic decisions. As a Project Planning and Control Competence Area Manager you will play a lead role in ensuring all elements of this complex system work together to deliver world leading meteorological products.


  • Manage and further develop the Project Planning & Control (PPC) Competence Area, with the aim of increasing the focus on cost control and modelling;
  • Harmonise, maintain and improve the existing PPC implementation framework, including cost allocation methods, coordination of programme structure, programme financial planning, financial agreements with partners, etc., in line with the EUMETSAT Management System and relevant standards, to fulfil the needs of supported departments, projects and satellite system development programmes;
  • Co-ordinate all tasks for establishing the inputs from departments to EUMETSAT’s sketch and draft budgets, HR and financial planning, federating and optimising these inputs and maintaining the related financial profiles;
  • Provide support on cost/schedule planning, cost control, cost modelling, budget planning and implementation, human resource planning, initiation and follow-up of procurements in collaboration with Finance, Contracts, Human Resources, including checks and balances in the goods receipt and invoice process;
  • Reporting on progress and performance based on indicators and associated risk management in relation to the allocation of margins;
  • Perform market analysis as inputs for upcoming procurements to the initiating Departments;
  • Promote and further develop cost controlling and analysis tools to support business management while ensuring efficient processes, which includes preparing reports to management teams as required;
  • Manage and develop the PPC team and liaise with business units to ensure that their needs for PPC support are properly addressed.

What we offer

  • Generous salary, of up to Euro 9,000/month NET (after income tax) based on skills and experience;
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;
  • Excellent medical coverage for employee and family;
  • Attractive pension;
  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;
  • Training and development support;
  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).


Skills and Experience:

  • Minimum of 10 years of experience in project planning, cost control and cost modelling, ideally in the aerospace field or in highly technological environment with capital intensive multi-year projects;
  • Direct experience in managing teams, preferably in a matrix environment;
  • Substantial experience in the usage and evolution of Enterprise Resource Programme (ERP) systems and Project Planning and Control tools, experience in the use of SAP would be an advantage;
  • Strong capability for analytical thinking and seeing the big picture while maintaining a focus on details;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to apply these to interact with management and stakeholders as well working within, and across, teams are essential for this position.


University degree in relevant disciplines such as Engineering or Finance/Accounting. A qualification in cost control and experience in an international context is considered an additional asset.

More about us

EUMETSAT’s 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 can recruit nationals only from the 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).

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