The ESA Industrial Ombudsman
The task of the ESA Industrial Ombudsman is an essential element in the implementation of best practices for the 'Selection of Subcontractors by Prime Contractors in the Frame of ESA's Major Procurements'.
The purpose is to ensure that Prime Contractors selecting sub-contractors in connection with Agency programmes, whether prior to or following the award of Agency contracts, conduct their procurement activities on a fair and equitable basis.
The responsibility of the ESA Industrial Ombudsman is to:
- Facilitate the resolution of disputes among industry concerning ESA project procurements and technology development procurements, to ensure that all contractors have an equal opportunity to participate in ESA programmes.
- Listen to concerns from industry about specific issues of competitiveness/competence and consult the appropriate persons within ESA to resolve such concerns before they become a major problem.
- Facilitate communication between bidders, potential bidders, contractors and industry representatives to resolve any matters arising in the course of an ESA procurement.
The role of the ESA Industrial Ombudsman is carried out by two Ombudsmen.
Jack Bosma, appointed ESA Industrial Ombudsman on 1st January 2013
Jack Bosma has been an ESA staff member from 1975 to 2012. He is a physicist and engineer by training. He has covered a number of senior positions in ESA programmes and at ESA corporate level. He completed his active career in the role of ESA Inspector General, responsible for all ESA reviews, chairing major tender evaluations and having performed numerous independent investigations into ESA programmes.
Berthold Schaefer, appointed as back-up of the ESA Industrial Ombudsman on 1st December 2013
Berthold Schaefer is an engineer and industrial engineer by training. He started his career in 1972 at the German Aerospace Research Center (DLR). During his professional activities at DLR he has been involved in several international projects and became 1994 head of the Procurement Division. Since 2009 Berthold Schaefer acts as an independent consultant in public procurement subjects, coaching and interim management.
The Industrial Ombudsmen can be contacted at the following addresses:
Jack Bosma, Industrial Ombudsman for ESA
2231 JZ Rijnsburg
Tel: +31 714081804
Mobile : +31652598140
Berthold Schaefer, Back-up of the Industrial Ombudsman for ESA
Im Schlangenhoefchen 9A
51427 Berg. Gladbach
Tel: +49 2204 60 359
Mobile: +49 172 255 1781Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last update: 5 March 2013