Advert. no. 2018_0002
Working at ESO

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The European Organisation for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO) is the foremost intergovernmental astronomy organisation in Europe and the world's most productive ground-based astronomical observatory. ESO carries out an ambitious programme focused on the design, construction and operation of powerful ground-based observing facilities enabling astronomers to make important scientific discoveries.

ESO operates three unique world-class observing sites in northern Chile: La Silla, Paranal and Chajnantor (home to ALMA and APEX), and the ESO Headquarters located in Garching, near Munich, Germany.

At Paranal, ESO operates the Very Large Telescope, the world's most advanced visible-light astronomical observatory. ESO is a major partner in ALMA, the largest astronomical project in existence. And on Cerro Armazones, ESO is building the 39-metre Extremely Large Telescope, which will become "the world's biggest eye on the sky" and whose operations will be fully integrated into the Paranal Observatory.

For its Logistics and Facilities Department at La Silla Paranal Observatory, ESO is opening a Local Staff Member position as

Facilities Management Supervisor


Vacancy closed on 02/03/2018

Deadline 02/03/2018

The Paranal Logistics and Facilities department is responsible for the provision of Hospitality services to the Paranal Observatory community (of 150 astronomers, engineers, technicians and clerks) as well as for the Facilities management which include construction and maintenance of infrastructures. The Facilities management entails activities such as: maintenance & repairs of the existing infrastructures, minor civil works, vehicle fleet management, utilities management, which are mostly outsourced to specialised service providers.

Main Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the direct supervision of the Head of Department, the Facilities management supervisor will be responsible for the daily management of the contracts related to Facilities management services and liaise proactively with the service providers (currently 7). The incumbent will verify the financial execution and the performance of the related contracts. S/He will provide support for the general building maintenance and the technical installations, following up the refurbishment and repair works. The incumbent will give support in developing the global infrastructure strategy of the Observatory, followed by studies, updates of existing plans and drawing of new plans. S/He will be required to prepare the annual budgeting of the Facilities management activities and perform any other tasks in the area of competence as requested by the line management. The incumbent will work in counter shift with the Hospitality Operations Supervisor taking over the daily tasks of the position. The supervisor will also take over the tasks of Head of Department when absent, such as the management of the team (validation of leave, time log and travel requests) and the relations with supervisors of all contracts managed by the Department (participation in the regular meetings, check of the reports).

Reports to:

The Head of Logistics and Facilities Department.


A minimum of 8 years of professional experience of which at least 3 in Facilities management with contract management responsibilities. Experience in working in an international environment is an advantage.

Key Competences:

  • Client oriented with excellent communicational skills.
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team.
  • Excellent negotiation skills.
  • Good problem solving skills.
  • Excellent organisational skills including ability to plan, manage and prioritise workload to meet deadlines.
  • Confident user of Microsoft applications, knowledge and use of project and building management software packages is an advantage.


The ideal candidate will be a professional in Facilities Management with minimum a Master university degree in Building engineering and relevant technical experience in building maintenance.

Language Skills:

Very good English, both written and spoken, is mandatory and will be tested.

Remuneration and Contract:

We offer an attractive remuneration package including a competitive salary and medical, educational and other social benefits, as well as financial help in relocating your family. The initial contract is for a period of two years with the possibility of an indefinite extension, subject to evaluation. The title or grade may be subject to change according to qualification and the number of years of experience.

Duty Station:

Paranal Observatory, located 120 km south of the city of Antofagasta, Chile. The working schedule will be 8 days on duty and 6 days off duty (8x6) with accommodation provided on site. Place of residence shall be either Santiago or Antofagasta.

Career Path: V


If you are interested in working in areas of frontline technology and in a stimulating international environment, please visit for further details. Applicants are invited to apply online at Applications must be completed in English and should include a motivation letter and CV.

Closing date for applications is 22 February 2018.

No nationality is excluded, however non-Chilean applicants must have a permanent resident status according to Chilean regulations, at the time of the application. The post is equally open to suitably qualified candidates irrespective of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, race or religion

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