Contracts Officer

Darmstadt-Dieburg, Hessen (DE)
Competitive salary and great benefits. Relocation assistance available.
10 Mar 2020
13 Apr 2020
VN20 13
Job Level
Buyer, Specialist
Contract Type
Full Time
CIPS Membership
Non CIPS member

It’s an exciting time to be working at EUMETSAT. As an organisation we’re operating a fleet of 10 satellites delivering weather and climate-related satellite data and images to our users worldwide; helping protect lives, property and industries. However, you don’t need to be an engineer or a scientist to make a positive contribution. Our specialist administrative and support functions play an equally important role in the success of the EUMESAT programmes and are valued members of the EUMETSAT family.


The Contracts Division provides contractual and commercial expertise across the organisation, contributing to ensuring that procurements are timely, well managed and follow the EUMETSAT financial and procurement rules, procedures and best practices.

As part of an interdisciplinary team, the Contracts Officer will be responsible for the procurement process, preparation, negotiation and post contract award management of contracts, for the development of satellite and ground segment hardware and software systems and the provision of technical services.


  • Lead, from a contract perspective, procurements of ground segment hardware and software systems, and related development support services, including:
    • Preparation and evaluation of tender documentation, in coordination with a multidisciplinary team of specialists.
    • Negotiation of contracts in coordination as part of a multidisciplinary negotiation team.
    • Management of signed contracts with the designated technical officer, including escalation of critical issues to management, as necessary.
  • Advise technical divisions on procurement matters and the procurement procedures.
  • Preparation, negotiation and management of contractual aspects of cooperation agreements with ESA and other development partners.
  • Participate in and provide EUMETSAT’s contractual inputs to ESA-led procurements of satellites and on-board instruments, and related support services.
  • Ensuring compliance with EUMETSAT contractual and financial procedures.

What we offer

  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 8,000/month NET (after income tax) based on skills and experience
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave
  • Full medical coverage for employee and family
  • Attractive pension
  • 30 days annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays
  • Training and development support
  • Relocation allowance (if applicable)


  • University degree or equivalent in law, economics or business studies.

Skills and experience

  • 5+ years’ experience preferably in the preparation, negotiation and post contract award management of development and service contracts in the areas of satellite, ground segment facilities, aerospace or high technology products.
  • Ability to understand complex technical issues and convert these into clear documents on procurement matters and contractual text.
  • Proven negotiation skills in the context of contractual content and financial matters.
  • Experience in the use of Enterprise Resource Planning and Document Management tools is desirable.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of team.
  • Well-balanced interpersonal and communication skills, combined with a strong customer focus, while also ensuring compliance with the procurement procedures.

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