Payable Accountant

  • Payable Accountant

    Deadline for applications 23/08/2019

    For our client, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are looking for a Payable Accountant for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their ESTEC Financial Operations Section.

Job overview

The European Space Agency is ATGs biggest client. They are an international organisation with 22 member states with sites in the Netherlands, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, UK and Belgium. ESA is Europes gateway to Space!

For our client, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are looking for a Payable Accountant for their location in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, to join their ESTEC Financial Operations Section.

Tasks & Responsibilities

  • Analysing, validating and approving all Agency payments to suppliers in compliance with ESA accounting policy, the Financial Regulations, instructions and procedures (internal rules);
  • carrying out related financial operations and interfaces with suppliers;
  • End-of-period adjustments, offsetting of prepayments against progress invoices and vendor clearing, analysis of balances, clearing of accrued costs versus invoices received and other accounting practises related to accounts payable;
  • Contributing to the verification of contracts/purchase orders and CCNs to ensure compliance with financial requirements;
  • Contributing to monthly and yearly closure of ESA accounts payable, ensuring accounts reconciliation, providing specific notes relating to ESA Financial Statements;
  • Contributing to drafting instructions, procedures and guidelines for the Sections/Divisions;
  • Responding to queries from industry;
  • Preparing urgent payment lists;
  • Maintaining close liaison with the appropriate Cost Centre managers, project managers and administrators providing financial advice and information on the relevant processes;
  • Other ad hoc financial accounting tasks as requested by management;
  • Processing and verification of both electronic and paper invoices in accordance with the ESA Financial Regulations and Instructions, provision of invoice/payment details to industry at their request, etc;
  • Off-setting of advance payments and processing of all related financial transactions;
  • Reconciliation and clearing of vendor accounts;
  • Operating the accounts payable subsystem and its interfaces with the other elements of the financial applications in compliance with the Agencys accounting policies;
  • Preparing vouchers for examination by the external/internal auditors and filing of accounting vouchers in-line with the prevailing instructions.


  • Applicants should have a Masters degree or equivalent professional qualifications in a financial discipline and a significant period of practical experience of financial accounting at ESA or in a comparable environment;
  • Very good knowledge of SAP and esa-p with regard to Procure-to-Pay process and related procedures;
  • Excellent numerical skills as well as an accounting background with the analytical skills required to operate a complex accounting system;
  • Familiarity with modern office automation tools and techniques, in particular Microsoft Office or equivalent, as well as customised database and software applications;
  • Proficient in the English language, both written and spoken, knowledge of another official ESA language is an asset.

What do we offer

ATG Europe offers excellent working conditions and provides you with all the necessary means to further your career. We believe that training and education, combined with regular assessments and a personal development plan, will create the best environment for growth. If needed we also assist you with settling in your new home or finding the right school for your children. ATG will help in any way it can, including a relocation budget that is applicable for ATG staff as well as employees working at one of our clients.

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