Pieter van Beekhuizen has worked his whole professional life since 1972 in the space domain, first with ESRO and as from 1975 with ESA, and has occupied during this period a large variety of different functions and management responsibilities within ESA .

His last assignment was Head of ESA Industrial Cost Auditing and Return Division which has included industrial costs audits and the provision of the industrial return data to ESA Member States. In this capacity he was involved in multiple programme reviews and chaired various Management and Cost panels for large ESA programme procurements .

During the last years at ESA he was also involved in the European initiatives for space commercialisation opportunities/projects.

Following his retirement from ESA he started a consultancy company ( Bexperience) providing consultancy and support services for various clients.

He is also Board member of SSPF , a foundation set-up to financially support young professionals and/or students in the Dutch space sector to apply for space studies programs.