Space Operation Engineer

ROLE / FUNCTION: Space Operation Engineer in Darmstadt, Germany


LOCATION: Darmstadt
CONTRACT: Permanent full time Employment
DEADLINE: 12 June 2019


The key person shall have the following experience, background and skills:
• In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent in experience) in a relevant discipline, the full team shall have a well-balanced and distributed experience in all following mandatory skills and each of the key persons shall have experience in at least two of these mandatory skills.:
• Experience of Spacecraft Operations preferably on Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), spinning and/or 3 axis stabilised spacecraft with responsibility for one or more platform subsystems or instruments during operational validation, LEOP, commissioning or routine operations phases;
• Experience of Spacecraft Operations Preparation preferably on Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO), with responsibility on development and validation of operational baseline (procedures, database etc.) including validation tools (e.g. S/C simulator) and ground segment M&C facilities;
• Experience in satellite performance monitoring and reporting aspects including anomaly analysis and solving in liaison with satellite industry, procedure change control and configuration management processes
• Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground segment facilities, in particular procedure development, monitor and control, mission planning, on board software management, performance analysis, configuration management and simulator facilities.
• The following experience is required per level of seniority:
• Expert Spacecraft Operation engineer has at least 8 years of domain specific experience at engineering level in routine operations and operations preparation of complex space systems.
• Senior Spacecraft Operation engineer has between 5 and 8 years of experience of domain specific experience at engineering level in routine operations and operations preparation of complex space systems.
• Junior Spacecraft Operation engineer has between 2 and 5 years of experience related to routine operations or operations preparation of space systems.


• Experience of MSG CF and of SCOS2000 mission control systems and use of the APEX operations procedures preparation and execution tool;
• Proven experience in the phases of LEOP and commissioning.
• Specification of space system and operational concepts, facility requirements;
• Familiarity with On Board Control Procedure concepts;
• Familiarity with the ECSS Packet Utilisation Standard, customisation and usage;
• Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures;
• Data analysis software packages and programming skills in other coding languages such as Python / Java etc.;
• Use of VBA for development of ad hoc tools in MS Office applications.
• Strong data analysis, processing and synthesis skills are essential and an ability to recognise opportunities for improvements in areas of work and implement appropriate solutions is highly desirable.


• The Key person shall be involved in the operations of all Meteosat spacecraft, and all related ground segment and operational services, in the various operational scenarios including MTG transition from the pre operational to the routine operations phase, including operational scenario validation testing (OSVs), support to the LEOP and commissioning.
• The implementation of any of the tasks may require shift working from time to time, due to the nature of the S/C operations. Any shift work will be agreed between the Meteosat S/C Operations Manager and the Service Level Manager for the specific key persons on an ad hoc basis
• The Meteosat Satellite Operations Engineering Team shall contribute to:
• Continuous monitoring of Spacecraft performance and status.
• Operations preparation of the Meteosat Third Generation Satellites,
• Contribution to the satellite simulator development and use including maintenance of its operations guide for both routine operations support and operations preparation.
• Raising and tracking of Anomaly Reports, including investigations at subsystem level and regression testing of associated fixes and (depending on the programme phase) the necessary co-operation with the Project team at ESTEC and the satellite manufacturer;
• Preparation of material for operations training and support to the training officer, for rehearsal of operations and for team proficiency training of the Spacecraft Operations Engineers as well as other members of the Control Centre Team (e.g. Analysts and Controllers) using the space and ground segment simulators and simulation;
• Participation in any necessary meetings and reviews with external partners:
• This includes the Routine Support Service provided by the satellite manufacturer for the Spacecraft routine operations and Progress Review Meetings for the development of the satellites of the next generation.
• As requested contribution to review or preparation of documentation and participate to activities to enhance knowledge transfer across client's geostationary missions.
• Contribute as required to the MSG to MTG transition phase and to Full Operational Capability (FOC) operations build up;
• Participate as requested to Component Health Analyses and Reporting Tool (CHART) development in liaison with the Spacecraft Operations Engineering Team members of other missions (e.g. EPS SG, Copernicus S 3)

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