Spacecraft Operations Engineer

December 31, 2023
Application ends: August 31, 2024

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Job Description

Background:
EUMETSAT operates a growing fleet of Earth observation satellites, comprising four Meteosat geostationary (GEO) satellites of the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) and Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) series, and two Metop low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. A further five Meteosat Third Generation and six Metop Second Generation satellites are currently in preparation for launch.

In addition, EUMETSAT operates several LEO satellites of the Sentinel-3 and Sentinel-6 missions on behalf of the European Commission’s Copernicus programme, while also preparing for the launch of further satellites to continue these missions or support new ones such as the Carbon Dioxide Monitoring (CO2M) mission supporting the monitoring of Climate Change.

Within the Flight Operations (FLO) Division of the Operations and Services to Users (OPS) Department, the Meteosat spacecraft team is in charge of operating the MSG and MTG satellites already in orbit while working in parallel towards the launch of recurrent MTG satellites.

In the Meteosat spacecraft team, reporting to Spacecraft Operations Preparation Team Leader (MTG-S), the Spacecraft Operations Engineer coordinates the assigned activities for the planning, preparation and execution of MTG-S space segment operation both in the phase of Operations preparation and, once launched, those related to commissioning and routine operations.

The main duties will be as follows:
Contribute to activities for MTG-S (sounding mission) operations preparation and MTG-I (imaging mission) routine operations;
Support MSG and MTG spacecraft operations, including maintenance of operational procedures and databases, anomaly investigations and participation in on-call support;
Contribute to the specification, development, procurement, verification and validation of operations preparation tools, onboard software and offline tools;
Support development team activities to integrate, verify and validate the MTG ground segment facilities supporting flight operations, e.g. satellite simulators, mission control and mission planning systems;
Interface with the MTG development programme, ESA and Space Segment industry as required, supporting MTG space segment and system reviews to ensure correct implementation of operations requirements as required;
Participate in the definition and provision of MTG operations team training and operational rehearsals;
Support MTG satellites’ Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP) services, and implementation of MTG satellite and system commissioning activities.
What we offer:
Excellent salary, of up to Euro 7500/month NET (after tax) based on skills and experience;
Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;
Full medical coverage for employee and family;
Attractive pension;
30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;
Training and development support;
Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).
Qualifications:
University degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering or other relevant discipline.

Skills and Experience:

  • Successful proven professional experience in the field of satellite operations, gained during operations preparation and/or routine operations of a complex space system;
  • Knowledge of satellite system design and/or of satellite monitoring and control principles for safe and efficient operations;
  • Professional experience in fields such as satellite payload systems, on-board data handling subsystems or on-board software would be an advantage;
  • Ability to understand the implications of decisions taken during the development phase for future routine operations;
  • Ability to follow-up on a number of different tasks and ensure their completion at good quality levels with minimum supervision;
  • Ability to detail and synthesise technical concepts in formal documents and verbal presentations;
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven ability to apply these to interactions within a team and between teams.
    APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ENGLISH. WE WILL BE UNABLE TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN OTHER LANGUAGES.

EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful.