We are looking for a Secretary/Administrative Assistant who will join the Octagon Professionals projects team at the European Space Agency in Noordwijk (ESTEC). If you are passionate about the Space industry and would like to join an international environment, read more and apply today!

Please, be aware that the successful candidate will be employed by Octagon Professionals.


  • Coordinating actions with other secretaries of the department.
  • Planning/coordinating the commitments and meetings, organizing calendar and keeping the Department Offices informed on all issues of concern.
  • Preparation of files for such meetings and any special subjects.
  • On personal initiative or on instructions, collecting information and documents necessary for the Department Staff to take actions on given issues.
  • Maintain and manage confidential information.
  • Analyzing incoming mail-paper and e-mail – and presenting these data in an organized and prioritized manner.
  • Ensuring that important and urgent mail reaches staff to insure timely responses.
  • Coordinating actions with the CSC-S office and other Department Offices.
  • Organizing and coordinating high level meetings (e.g. Steering Boards) with Industry.
  • Ensuring the diffusion of information between the Head of Office and the Programmes/Project Teams.
  • Answering incoming calls and performing a pre-screening of these calls for direct connection with the Head of Office or for reply at a later time.
  • Keeping organized records of these calls and checking closure and follow up.
  • Preparation of staff missions and travel arrangements
  • Supporting the Department Head and CSC-S staff in the preparation and follow up of administrative, organisational and contractual matters.
  • Composing routine correspondence and keeping a filing system for incoming/outgoing mail. Generating documents and textual and graphic presentations.
  • Check for correct authorization, substantiating documentation and adherence to Agency rules and practice (ref. leave, mission, conference, authorization with regards to Staff Rules and Regulations, as well as financial procedures).
  • For the execution of the tasks the contractor will be expected to use related ESA Corporate software tools, documentations systems, and databases and interface with the relevant actors across the Agency.
  • Provide support to ensure the implementation and operations of the Department Documentation Management System in accordance with the ISO requirements and CSC processes.
  • Establishing and maintaining the structure and records and files on the Management Information Systems such as Eclipse and Daptiv.
  • Interfacing and providing support to department staff on administrative related to use of the relevant systems.
  • Supporting the ISO management system and processes.
  • Support to reviews and audits, and preparation of files as background for meetings and special studies.
  • Administering and maintaining the office documentation systems.
  • Setting up the folder structure, registration, filing and distribution or correspondence and other documentation.
  • Follow up of departmental actions using the Eclipse Documentation Management System.


  • Minimum 2 years of previous administrative assistant experience at executive level in an international context;
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken; knowledge of another official ESA language is an asset.
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft365 and Teams.
  • A good knowledge of the various ESA tools (i.a. MAS, ESA-P) is welcomed.
  • SAP knowledge is considered an asset.
  • Ability to interface at appropriate level with relevant actors within and outside the Department.
  • Ability to readily assimilate and co-ordinate input data and providing timely output to the hierarchy.
  • Reliability, rigor and initiative in the execution of the assigned work.
  • Proven sense of confidentiality.
  • Experience of Documentation management
  • Excellence in the use of standard office automation support software packages and of commercial database system and electronic mail.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Comfortable with working in a diverse and multinational team environment.
  • Knowledge of another EU member state language is an asset.
  • Candidates must be eligible to work in the EU.

We offer:

  • Attractive remuneration package.
  • Up to 30 vacation days & additional 12 public holidays based on the 40h working week.
  • Advice from our Learning & Development Specialist on most suitable training/courses.
  • Extra budget and up to 5 extra days off for your professional development.
  • Pension contribution to a tailor-made pension scheme.
  • Yearly subscription to the ESTEC gym facilities and a swimming pool.
  • Assistance with relocation in case you are moving to The Netherlands from abroad.

Ready for this new challenge? Apply now and let’s get in touch!

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Job Information

Job Reference: BBBH2561_1708951457
Salary From: £
Salary To: £
Job Industries: Aerospace / Aviation
Job Locations: The Hague area
Job Types: Permanent

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