Satellite Operations Engineer [deadline 18-Apr-2018]

Exostaff GmbH is looking for motivated and experienced satellite operations engineers to support the provision of services for our Customer, EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites).

Location of work: Darmstadt, Germany.

Due date for application: 18th April 2018.

Preferred start date: Flexible.

What we offer? A permanent employment in a fast growing and energic company looking at shaking the Space Industry. Build-up strong experience in a stimulating international environment. Very good salary package and follow-up.

Important notice: All candidates must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence will be required.


The service team will provide support to the Sentinel Spacecraft Operations Team, led by the Copernicus Sentinel Spacecraft Operations Managers, within the Flight Operations Division of the Operations and User Services Department.

The provision of the service will involve the following tasks:

  • Prepare for, and execute all relevant Copernicus Sentinel routine operations in a SCOS2000 environment, as well as preparing for the recurrent satellite handover activities;
  • Perform the maintenance, validation and documentation of the space segment assets update;
  • Interface with all other flight operations teams such as the MCS, mission planning, FDF, but also with external operational entities or services;
  • Operate all satellite and FOS/PDGS/PDAB components aspects related to operations engineering for the platform, payload and instrument, including data handling, instrument parameter, OBSW maintenance, as well as FDIR and OPS security aspects;
  • Plan and schedule the satellite operations in coordination with the others teams;
  • Continuous monitoring of Spacecraft performance and status;
  • Participate to anomaly investigation and resolution;
  • Reporting and analysis of the satellite system performance;
  • Proficiency training of the Engineers using the space and ground segment simulators;
  • Ensure the on-call operations engineer rota, such that safe and efficient operations are ensured by the Spacecraft Operations Team on a 24/7 basis.
  • Maintenance of the set of operation procedures and documentation including the update and operational validation of procedure and database using MOIS and DABYS;
  • Raising and tracking of Anomaly Reports, including investigations into subsystem level anomalies and regression testing of associated fixes. This may require a close cooperation with the Post Launch Support office at ESTEC and the satellite Industry;
  • Ensure the relevant subsystem performance Analysing, trending and reporting on a routine basis using CHART (Telemetry analysis and reporting tool) and other available tools and notify team in case of unexpected behaviours;
  • Develop , validate, maintain specific tool/script (Python knowledge is an asset) identified from operational needs;
  • Preparation and presentation of Operations training to the Control Centre Team;
  • Participation in any necessary meetings and reviews with external partners;
  • Interactions with Simulator and training officer, for team proficiency training, rehearsal and simulation;
  • Participate to commissioning reviews and commissioning operations to ensure smooth handover from ESOC;
  • Participate in Satellite Progress Meetings and ad’hoc reviews and contribute to resolution of associated actions.
  • Participate to the team shift, and on-call operations engineer rota, such that safe and efficient operations are ensured by the Spacecraft Operations Team on a 24/7 basis;

Participate to CHART project development, encompassing:

o The coordination of additional routine update requests for CHART reports from FCT members;

  • o The updates to weekly CHART report in line with L1 performance report template;
  • o The coordination and implementation of CHART reporting widgets as requested by FCT members;
  • o The review of CHART documentation, e.g. database structure and ingestion definition;
  • o Contribute to update of CHART maintenance guide from FCT user perspective

The ideal candidate:

In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the ideal candidate shall have experience in at least two of the following mandatory skills:

  • Experience of Spacecraft Operations on Low Earth Orbit (LEO), 3-axis stabilised spacecraft with responsibility for one or more platform subsystems or instruments during operational validation, commissioning or routine operations phases;
  • Experience of SCOS2000 mission control system and use of the MOIS operations preparation tool;
  • 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.

Furthermore, it would be a distinct advantage to have experience with some of the following:


  • Specification of space system and operational concepts, facility requirements;
  • Familiarity with On-Board Control Procedure and On-Board Position Scheduler concepts;
  • Familiarity with the ECSS Packet Utilisation Standard, customisation and usage;
  • Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures;
  • Data analysis software packages such as MATLAB;
  • File parsing languages such as PERL, AWK;
  • Use of VBA for development of ad-hoc tools in MS Office applications.


Are you up to the challenge? Looking for a new opportunity to evolve your career? Send your CV before the 18th April 2018 to: