Satellite Payload Operations Engineer (m/f)




Required Start Date

May 2015



Submission Deadline

30th March 2015 


EUMETSAT - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


The key person will be integrated in the Meteosat Spacecraft Operations Team. His/her tasks in the area of the spacecraft payload sub-system and also some platform routine operations and operations preparation will typically include:

- Familiarisation with the Meteosat satellite design and existing operations procedures as necessary;

- Support the conduct of routine operations of the in-orbit MSG spacecraft and commissioning of MSG-4.

- Provision of Satellite Operations Engineer (SOE) on-call service;

- Performance evaluation and trend analysis to monitor the in-flight behaviour of the spacecraft payload, including support to yearly and specific operations reviews for payloads and platform (e.g. eclipses, manoeuvres, decontamination, etc ) ;

- Contribute to the maintenance of:

·        Automated and Manual procedures,

·        Operations database,

·        Special operation instructions, for the preparation and execution of System Validation Test(s), commissioning and on-orbit satellite operations;

- Support for the maintenance of the MSG Flight Operation Manual;

- Satellite simulator maintenance support and provision of the necessary input to the simulator maintenance team;

- Support to the satellite monitoring and control facility maintenance team to ensure that the facility, including the telemetry analysis tools, is always fit for its purpose;

- Participate to the activities related to the MSG Routine Operations Support provided by the MSG satellites manufacturer particularly in the technical area of the MSG payloads;

- Analysis and investigation of operational events and anomalies particularly relating to the operations of the MSG Spacecraft platform and payload and associated ground segment elements;

- Preparation and production of routine reports as necessary;

- Participation in the preparation and specification of system updates;

- Preparation of technical notes and attendance at technical meetings and reviews;

- Preparation & presentation of Flight Ops Team training material wrt S/C Operations - Contribution to the MTG system operations concepts for S/C operations related topics.

- Support, as requested, the specification and reviews of the different operations related elements of the MTG system (including satellites and ground segments).

- Support the MTG operations preparations activities, mainly at Space Segment level but including also Ground Segment aspects

- Support, as requested, the satellite simulator development / procurement follow-up and maintenance and provide the necessary input to the simulator team.

- Review technical notes and attendance at technical meetings and reviews;

- Participation to the definition and execution of the Operational System Validation activities such as SVTs, rehearsals and the necessary training activities for the various operations personnel prior to system commissioning.

- Contribute to the definition of MTG commissioning activities.


Academic Requirements

A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.

Specific Requirements

- Routine spacecraft operations in general;

- Operations preparation of a satellite project;

- Operations familiarity with spacecraft imaging payloads.



Background information


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.


You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment? Then send your application preferably online (CV in Word format) not later than 30th March 2015 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


  Apply for this position