GEO MTG Ground Segment QA Consultancy Support (m/f)




Required Start Date

 May 2014



Submission Deadline

 2nd April 2014


EUMETSAT - Darmstadt/Germany

Technical Requirements

The activities will be mainly focused in the implementation of QA processes in support of the MTG Team activities connected to:

·         Definition and maintenance of the requirements baseline

·         Procurement development, integration, verification, validation and acceptance of the

·         MTG GS Facilities and associated elements

·         Integration, validation and commissioning of the MTG GS.


The tasks of the position include in particular:

• Implement EUMETSAT QA policies in the assigned areas, in accordance with the MTG System QA plan and all relevant applicable Standards and Procedures, during all project phases to which this SoW refers.

• Support the GS QA Engineer in the establishment and recording of metrics to measure the effectiveness of the main processes within MTG Ground Segment activities. Provide pro-active suggestions for process improvement, based on these metrics and other observations.

• Ensure that the MTG QA and MTG GS processes and connected working practices and procedures are available, adequate, maintained updated and correctly implemented in the MTG documentation and relevant activities, with particular reference to the documentation relevant to the Ground Segment Facilities. 

• Work with and in support of the MTG Ground Segment Team(s) and its Members, in order to ensure that Quality Assurance policies and methods are taken into account during all GS lifecycle phases.

• Provide dedicated support for QA disciplines to the production and release of the technical and programmatic documentation relevant to the MTG Programme, MTG GS and its facilities and elements.

• Critically review and comment the technical and management documentation issued in support to the MTG GS Facilities procurement.

• Support, acting as Review secretary, the formal project Reviews and Check Points, ensuring that the relevant applicable Procedures and methods are correctly implemented.

• Support the MTG GS Facilities procurement activities and the connected processes, in line with the applicable QA documentation and requirements.

• After the selection of the GS Facilities successful bidders, support QA activities during the Facilities development and production process, interfacing with the EUMETSAT Technical Officer(s), the relevant cross-divisional Teams and with the Industry PA/QA counterparts in order to fulfil the targets identified through the assigned work packages

• Ensure implementation of the agreed QA Plans and procedures within the Industry activities, including Sub-tiers.

• Support the preparation and conduct of QA audits on Industry and within EUMETSAT in the areas connected with MTG GS activities, in line with the MTG GS Contractors/ Suppliers Quality Assurance Audit Plan.

• Provide advice on any critical issue arising on the ongoing GEO programmes activities.

• Provide regular reporting to the MTG GS QA Engineer and to the GEO QA Team Leader on all aspects related to MTG GS QA activities.

• Attend and support the weekly MTG QA Team co-ordination meetings.

Academic Requirements

A University degree in Engineering, Physics, Computer Sciences or a related discipline is required.

Specific Requirements


• Significant hands-on experience in QA processes definition, implementation, monitoring and control,

• Knowledge and application experience on international QA/PA standards, (specific knowledge of aerospace/space standards is considered a plus),

• Direct experience in providing QA support to procurement contracts for complex products,

• Experience in providing QA support to SW products throughout their complete development lifecycle, specifically on data processing and science products development,

• Experience on HW/SW products integration

• Significant hands-on experience in using Microsoft Office Suite and in particular with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access

• Capability of understanding complex concepts in the area of data processing and data analysis and its implementation through specific software architecture,

• Good interpersonal skills, including mediation skills.

Experience and/or knowledge of the Key person on the following items is considered as an advantage:

• Knowledge of PA/QA relevant standards (eg. ECSS; MIL-STD; NASA, CMMI)

• Experience or knowledge in QA aspects related to parallel computing implementation

• Knowledge of requirement management tools, e.g. DOORS,

• Experience of working on collaborative programmes between different partners,

• Experience in application of risk management and lessons learned processes,

• Knowledge of software Agile methodology

• Knowledge of MATLAB in terms of coding best practices,

• Experience/knowledge on satellite ground segment data processing, preferably on science products.

Perfect command of English, verbal and written. Knowledge of French would be an asset.


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