Vacature Industrial Cost Auditor

Industrial Cost Auditor in Noordwijk Zh

Industrial Cost Auditor

Job Requisition ID: 18304

Closing Date: 17 January 2024 23:59 CET/CEST

Establishment: ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands

Directorate: Directorate of Commercialisation, Industry and Com

Publication: Internal & External

Vacancy Type: Fixed-Term

Date Posted: 20 December 2023

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.

ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands or ESA Headquarters, Paris, France or ESAC, Villanueva de la Cañada, Spain or ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany


Industrial Costs Auditor in the Industrial Audit Services Office, Industrial Policy and Auditing Department, Directorate of Commercialisation, Industry and Competitiveness.

The industrial costs audit function is of vital importance to ESA. As the Agency spends a large proportion of its annual budget on placing contracts with the space industry, ensuring that Member States receive a proper return in terms of value for money is very important. The audit activity plays an essential role in this process.

Reporting to the Head of the Industrial Audit Services Office, you will be responsible for general industrial costs analysis and auditing-related activities in support of the ESA procurement process.


Your tasks and responsibilities will include the following.

In direct contact with industry:

  • Audit, analysis and negotiation of industrial hourly labour rates and overheads; unit rates (such as facility charges); and other overheads, on the basis of detailed reviews carried out on companies' cost structures.
  • Audit of direct expenditure on contracts, including compliance with ESA rules.
  • Financial viability audits on the basis of detailed reviews carried out on companies' financial data.
  • Nationality audits on the basis of established processes and criteria for nationality attribution.
  • Audits in support of the verification of geo-return data.
  • Audits carried out in direct support of programmes, including a detailed analysis and review of industrial contractual documents.
  • Verification of companies' cost accounting systems in order to ascertain compliance with generally accepted accounting principles and with ESA rules.

In direct contact with ESA internal stakeholders and other support activities:

  • Participation in Tender Evaluation Boards and Cost Panels for the analysis of financial and cost-related matters, as well as support for ESA programme directorates in direct negotiations with industry.
  • Advising on financial matters, such as currency exchange, price variation formulae, productivity, inflation, hourly rates and business case assessments.
  • Collaboration on and coordination of cost and audit activities with other national and international organisations.
  • Support for day-to-day audit activities, including the preparation of concise and accurate documentation (such as audit reports, policies and processes), analysis of data and collection of information.
  • Other audit tasks/projects as requested of the Office.

When performing these duties, you, as Industrial Cost Auditor, will interface closely with senior industry representatives, ESA and industry project management teams, ESA Contracts Officers, other ESA finance and cost engineering functions and auditors of other national audit authorities.

Knowledge of accounting systems, standards and tools

Knowledge of calculation methodologies of hourly labour/facility and overheads rates

Knowledge of auditing techniques

Good analytical and negotiation skills


A master's degree in business administration, corporate finance and accounting, auditing or economics is required for this post.

Additional requirements

  • Minimum of three years of experience in auditing activities
  • Readiness to travel frequently

Functie:industrial cost auditor
Salaris:onbekend – onbekend
Uren per week:1 – 40

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