Ground Station Operations & External Interfaces Engineering Service [Deadline 1st November 2020]

We are looking for a Ground Station Operations & External Interfaces Engineer with experience in providing services to the PRD department for the development and operations preparation of the J-CS Program focusing on external interfaces and ground station aspects.

Location of work: Darmstadt, Germany.

Due date for application: 20th November 2020.

Preferred start date: Early 2020

Tasks & Responsibilities:

The main tasks and responsibilities of the key person shall include:

    • Support the J-CS External Interfaces and Ground Station early phase and transition to operations activities
    • Definition, co-ordination and running of Validation test
    • Validation of operational monitoring mechanisms
    • Definition and maintenance of operations documentation such as procedures, operations guides, System Operations File (SOF), Reference Operations Plan (ROP), Contingency Operations Guide (COG), Operational Interface Control Documents (OICDs), EUM/RSO/SOW/18/1012403 v1A, 9 October 2020 Statement of Work for J-CS Ground Stations and External Interfaces Operations Service Page 4 of 5 Operational Interface Agreements (OIAs), etc. in accordance with the established EUMETSAT Operations Department configuration management and quality assurance practices
    • Support to the J-CS commissioning for the Ground Stations and External Interfaces aspects
    • Preparation of ground station reports and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for the European Commission in the frame of the Copernicus Programme
    • Participation in, and provide inputs to, technical meetings and formal reviews
    • Coordinate activities with other Service Providers in TSS, OPS and PRD departments
    • Processing and coordination of system and ground segment anomalies (in particular but not limited to ground stations), their documentation, investigation, classification and resolution/mitigation, including participation in Anomaly Review Boards
    • Provision of training, through written materials, practical demonstrations and presentations, to other members of the Operations and Engineering Teams.
    • Assisting in day to day operations of current and future ground stations (including day-to-day planning, monitoring, first line anomaly investigations and generation of reports as necessary)
    • As needed, participate in and provide inputs for GSEI team meetings, operations morning meetings, ECP Review Boards, scheduling meetings and planning meetings
    • For future programmes, contribute to Ground Segment procurement(s) including the review of documentation and attendance to formal reviews as part of the procurement process.

The Ideal Candidate:

This service comprises a range of tasks across a number of different departments within EUMETSAT so the Key Person will need a broad knowledge of operational ground segments and how the ground stations fit into the general scheme.

In addition to having a university degree in a relevant technical discipline or the equivalent work experience, the key person should also have the following mandatory attributes:

  • At least five years’ experience in a real-time spacecraft operations environment – preferably in an earth observation context.
  • Experience of the preparation and use of operational procedures, monitoring and documentation.

Finally, experience in any of the following areas would be considered an advantage;

  • Operations preparation and routine operations of Low Earth Orbit (‘LEO’) and/or Geostationary (‘GEO’) satellite systems
  • Procurement phase of ground segments for satellites, ideally in the Earth Observation domain
  • Experience in supporting altimetry satellite missions and/or associated ground segments
  • Document management and configuration control processes
  • Defining user interfaces for operations (HMI, reports etc.)

While the official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French, the working language for the position is English and therefore the Key Person must be able to work effectively in this language.

Looking for a new opportunity to evolve your career? Send your CV by the 20th November 2020 to: