Engineers as PRS Schedulers (m/f)



The Key Person will be integrated within the PRS Division into the Project Planning and Control (PPC) Team for GEO Programmes. The general task of the Key Person will be to assist the PRS PPC Team in the implementation and maintenance of the GEO Programmes schedules and related scheduling and reporting processes.

Required Start Date

March 2014 



Submission Deadline

21st February 2014 



Technical Requirements

It is foreseen, that the detailed tasks of the Key Person will include as a minimum:

•establish, monitor and control the GEO Programmes Schedules, based

on inputs from the programme technical teams (i.e. System, Ground Segment, Space

Segment), including activities, inputs outputs and associated resources,

•elaborate and maintain multi-layered programme schedules, based on first level schedule used for management coordination and reporting, level two schedules indicating the main programme elements activities and interdependencies, level three schedules used by engineering teams to detail their own work. Level one and Level two schedules will cover the complete programme and system life cycle and allow analysis of critical paths and margins,

•monitor and control programme schedules, including maintenance of and controlled changes to the schedule baseline in view of progress made and scope changes agreed,

•generate and analyse programme performance indicators, including schedule performance indicators, milestone trend charts,

•generate periodic scheduling status reports, including trend analysis of scheduling performance indicators,

•prepare and contribute to regular programme meetings on schedule management, monitoring and control,

•assist programme team leaders in establishing, monitoring and controlling individual plans and schedules as well as related programme resources,

•liaise as relevant with the corresponding Planning Officer in the Operations Department to ensure coordination of scheduling activities involving that Department and the Programme Development Department,

•contribute to the continuous improvement of PRS PPC working practices and procedures applicable to GEO Programmes, including related guidelines, checklists, templates and indicators, in line with the EUMETSAT Directory of Instructions (DI) and the EUMETSAT Management System (EMS) and the Programme Management Plans.

• PRS Scheduler – Technical and Scientific Support Department:

The Key Person shall provide support to the OPS-TSS Project Control and Resource Planning Team within the PRS Division. The tasks of the Key Person will typically include:

•Coordinating and tracking all planning and scheduling across the TSS Department (multi-mission infrastructure planning, products and services, project s planning etc...) including maintenance/evolution of ground segment systems, operational projects and development/evolution of observational products related activities;

•Support to the responsible Operations Planner for coordinating and maintaining operations planning and projects;

•Planning and scheduling of the TSS projects portfolio as part of the TSS multi-projects management system;

•Support to the planning of resources and the reporting on resource usage/availability;

•Establishing a related set of schedule trackers, metrics and performance indicators allowing to manage efficiently a portfolio of projects and the allocation of resources in a matrix support environment;

•Maintenance of the schedule documentation and update of the multi-projects planning database in coordination with the schedule responsible;

•Documentation and analysis of schedule assumptions, modifications, deviations, risks, critical path and milestone trend evolution. Development and update of schedule indicators;

•Ensuring that all planning and scheduling conflicts are resolved;

•Support to and participation in schedule review meetings with relevant teams.

Participation in meetings to understand status of activities, as necessary:

-Organise the weekly planning and scheduling meetings;

-Provide planning for the management meetings;

-Support the reporting reviews, actions and recommendations;

•As relevant, providing planning support to major Programme activities including the preparations for the launch and commissioning of new satellites;

•Ensuring all plans and schedules are distributed both internally and also to relevant external partners/entities using email, Intranet and Extranet;

•Coordinating the evolution and update of the departmental Intranet and Extranet pages for ground segment systems and products development related activities liaising with all Divisions;

•Preparation and production of reports – monthly progress report, technical reports – as necessary.


Academic Requirements

University degree in a management or engineering discipline.

Specific Requirements

Required experience and skills are:

·         At least 5 years proven hands-on experience in project planning, scheduling, monitoring and control

·         Extensive hands-on experience in schedule preparation, monitoring and control, for complex/large system programmes (GEO scheduler) or multi-project environment, (OPS/TSS scheduler) as well as in planning and monitoring the allocated Human Resources, including planning conflict resolution

·         Expert level usage of Microsoft Project (or similar project scheduling/planning and management tools)

·         Extensive hands-on experience in using the Microsoft Office Suite and in particular Word and Excel.

·         Good inter-personal and communication skills.

·         Fluency in English. French would be an asset.


Background information

Location of work: EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

Benefits: A permanent employment contract. Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package. Career path.


In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.

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