Project Controller

  • hours: 32 - 40 Hour
  • Education level: HBO/WO
  • Locatie: Leiden

Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands

At Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands, we work at the frontiers of technology in one of the most challenging and rapidly changing industries in the world: Space. Our products and services - including Solar Arrays, Launcher Structures, Instruments & Services, and Mechanical Thermal products - are among the best in the world. They enable missions that are of great importance for our everyday life on Earth, such as satellite navigation, communications, climate research and monitoring of air quality.

At our state-of-the-art facilities in Leiden & Oegstgeest, a team of over 200 dedicated professionals works on the design, development, assembly, testing and delivery of space products and services. We do that by thinking creatively in terms of solutions and by working with like-minded business partners. Intensive collaboration in our international community is the key to success, also within the Airbus family that we are proudly part of.


(Senior-) Project Controller

As a (senior-) Project Controller you ensure adequate financial- and programmatic planning and control is in place for the projects falling under your responsibility. You work closely together with the Project Manager as a sparring partner and provide them with solid financial data on the basis of which they make decisions. You have strong data analytics skills using various tools & techniques (SAP, Excel, pivot tables, macro’s) and are able to present complex numeric data in a compelling way. You set up and maintain the project’s organizational structures (e.g. Work Breakdown Structure – WBS) and various formal (financial-) reports (e.g. Estimate At Completion – EAC), check and approve Purchase Orders (PO’s) and make sure our customers are invoiced. You signal deviations to the projects financial- and programmatic planning and help the Project Manager to address these adequately, e.g. via (internal-) Changes.

Ideally, you bring experience in a (series-) production environment such as automotive, i.e. experience with (estimating-) learning curves, setting up & monitoring production KPI’s, etc.

Hierarchically you report to the Head of the Project Management Office (PMO).


How to succeed

We hire motivated people like you for your potential. Our biggest expectation is that you’ll stay open, keep learning and take on responsibility. In return, we’ll back you to develop into an even more outstanding version of yourself. We expect you to:

  • Be accurate – the quality of our decisions is based on the quality of data on which we base them. You’ll ensure that the data in our systems is up-to-date, complete and accurate.
  • Be critical – coach and challenge the project manager and team members in their estimation and forecasting. Think & act like you’re the CFO of the project.
  • Be digital – Crunching numbers using modern data analytics tools & techniques comes naturally to you as a digital native of the 21st century.


What you bring

  • Bachelor/Master in Finance, Administration or related study
  • Five years operational experience as (senior-) Project Controller or similar
  • Preferably: experience in a (series-) production / industrial environment
  • You are a disciplined worker and have an eye for proper process & procedure
  • Ability to work accurately and precisely
  • Strong analytical abilities and ability to make sense out of – and present – numeric data
  • Your word is your bond, or as we say in Dutch: “afspraak is afspraak”
  • Experience with SAP and Excel, incl. pivot tables and macro’s
  • Fluency in Dutch and English


Our offer and your application

We offer a challenging job in a dynamic and international working environment, extensive opportunities for personal development and attractive working conditions. For further details please contact Gesmar Pruijs, To apply, please upload your application letter and CV via our application form before 13 July 2022. The interviews will take place in August.


NB: agency calls are not appreciated.

About Airbus DS NL

Over 300 professionals with a great passion for technology work every day at Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands at the limits of what is possible in one of the most challenging industries in the world: Space.

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Airbus Defence and Space Netherlands B.V.

Postbus 32070
2303 DB Leiden
+31 (0)71-5245000