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J18008_Spacecraft Operations Engineer

 Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Reference:   J18008
Location:   EUMETSAT, Darmstadt / Germany
Closing Date for applications:   19/02/2018 00:00
Your HR Contact for this position:   Raphael Rossato

​Responsibilities / Duties

In general the key person will located at our customer EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites). He/she will work closely together with our customer EUMETSAT and contribute to the routine operations:

  • Definition and maintenance of mission-control operations procedures, including System and ground segment procedures and operations guides;

  • Liaison with the spacecraft operations team to ensure the continuity and optimisation of spacecraft monitoring and control activities;

  • Liaison with the operations analysts to ensure continuity and optimisation of database-related activities;

  • Interface with other facilities within the operational ground segments to ensure the continuity and optimisation of ground segment and mission monitoring and control activities;

  • Interface with external elements of the operational ground segments to ensure the continuity and optimisation of data exchanges with the mission control systems;

  • Interface with the mission control systems maintenance team and industry representatives to ensure optimised performance, including participating in the definition and implementation of any changes;

  • Provision of support to operational ground segment analyses;

  • Provision of stand-by/on-call support as part of a team of MCS engineers;

  • Provision of support, as required, to critical operations;

  • Processing of system anomalies, their documentation, investigation, classification and resolution/mitigation, including participation in Anomaly Review Boards;

  • Participation in further technical meetings, formal reviews, and scheduling and planning meetings.

He/she will also support to modifications of the operational systems:

  • Interface with project teams on the implementation of system upgrades to support major operations projects, including System Mid-Term Evolution Plan, recurrent satellites, and any System hardware and operating system obsolescence upgrade;

  • Processing of system modifications, including their documentation, approval, and implementation, including participation in Change Review Boards;

  • Support to, and participation in, the functional verification and operational validation of mission control systems and related elements, both standalone and in the context of an overall ground segment.

He/she will also support the preparations for recurrent satellites and future satellite programs

  • Provision of support to the development, system and ground segment verification and validation, and operations preparation for recurrent satellites in existing operational programmes, in particular Metop-C;

  • Provision of support to the development, system and ground segment verification and validation, and operations preparation for future operational programmes such as Sentinel-3, Sentinel-6, MTG and EPS-SG

He/she will support the operations teams

  • Provision of training, through written materials, practical demonstrations and presentations, to other members of the Operations Team.

Qualifications / Experiences

  • Proven experience in operations preparation and routine operations of satellite and ground systems, preferably Low-Earth Orbit systems;

  • Proven experience in the development, maintenance and/or operations of satellite mission control systems;

  • Expericence in verification and validation testing of an operational ground segment would be an assest

Essential Skills

  • Knowledge of relevant CCSDS and ESA PUS standards,

  • Knowledge of the SCOS-2000 mission control systems and in particular databases and OBSW management,

  •  Excellent interpersonal skills,

  • Proven ability to synthesise complex issues,

  • Proven ability to plan and implement activities, prioritising according to constraints, inter-dependencies and opportunities,

  •  Excellent reporting skills,

  • Experience in writing formal technical documentation,

  • Fluent in English (speaking and writing).

Desirable Skill

  • Fluent French


Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package including 30 days holiday, generous training possibilities, Telespazio VEGA Deutschland pension scheme is offered to the successful candidate.


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.


You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment? Then you should send your application preferrably online with your availability details and salary expectations.

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