System Operations Engineer (m/f)




Required Start Date

May 2015



Submission Deadline

20th March 2015 


EUMETSAT - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements

LSE Space is looking for an experienced Engineer (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty of

System Operations Engineer


for our customer EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be:

As a member of RSO, the Key Person shall provide support to the mission performance of

the MSG Ground Segment and the EPS Overall Ground System (‘OGS’), as well as their

evolution, as well as to the future programmes. Main duties will include the support to:

· System operations in a real-time operations environment;

· End-to-end operations monitoring;

· User messaging systems configuration and operation;

· Configuration of event monitoring and end-to-end monitoring systems;

· Monitoring infrastructure configuration and operation;

· Multi-mission element and infrastructure operations;

· Mission Performance System Evolutions for existing and new programmes:

The role comprises a range of tasks including the provision of support to the routine

operation of the LEO & GEO ground segments, as well as their evolution to include new

programmes and system operations.

The Key Person will be responsible for the definition and/or maintenance of the routine

operations procedures pertaining to mission performance operations and the interfaces of the

key systems within the ground segment, in accordance with the established EUMETSAT

Operations Department configuration management and quality assurance practices.

As part of the operations evolution, the key person will be responsible for the re-design and

evolution of the mission performance systems to support existing and new programmes.

The Key Person will acquire and maintain a System-wide view of the MSG System, and the

EPS CGS and OGS, particularly in the areas of system end-to-end monitoring & control and

data flows.

The Key Person will review any planned changes to the mission performance system

configurations for LEO and GEO ground segments, and support the investigation of

anomalies encountered through the routine system and ground segment operations.

The Key Person will provide support to the development and operations preparation for

recurrent satellites in existing operational programs (e.g. Metop-C and MSG-4), and for

future operational programs now in development (including Sentinel-3, MTG and EPS-SG).

The key person will interface with project teams on the implementation of system upgrades to

support major operations projects, including System Mid-Term Evolution Plan, recurrent

satellites, and any System hardware and operating system obsolescence upgrade.

The Key Person will perform the following routine operations tasks:

· Definition and maintenance of system operations procedures, including System and

ground segment procedures and operations guides;

· Liaison with the spacecraft operations team to ensure the continuity and optimisation of

spacecraft monitoring and control activities;

· Liaison with the ground segment facility operations teams and system operations

analysts to ensure the continuity and optimisation of ground segment and mission

operations (through procedure and operations guide updates, configuration changes,

database or user interface changes etc.);

· Support to the definition of the Operations Service Specification;

· Interface with the systems maintenance teams and industry representatives to ensure

optimised performance, including participating in the definition and implementation of

any changes to the mission performance systems;

· Provision of support to operational ground segment analyses;

· Provision of stand-by/on-call support as system operations engineer, on an “as needed”

basis. This will be coordinated through the normal on-call process;

· Provision of support, as required, to critical operations;

· Processing of mission performance related system anomalies, their documentation,

investigation, classification and resolution/mitigation, including participation in

Anomaly Review Boards;

· Participation in technical meetings, formal reviews, and scheduling and planning


· Processing of system modifications, including their documentation, approval, and

implementation, including participation in Change Review Boards;

· Support to, and participation in, the functional verification and operational validation of

mission performance system upgrades and evolutions, both standalone and in the context

of an overall ground segment;

· Liaison with various department and divisions within EUMETSAT (CM, QA,

Management, Product Experts, User Services);

· Provision of training, through written materials, practical demonstrations and

presentations, to other members of the Operations Team.

The tasks assigned to the Key Person will be agreed through dedicated work-packages with

clear identification of activities and outputs expected.


Academic Requirements

A University degree in an engineering discipline is required.

Specific Requirements

· proven experience of end-to-end system operations in a real-time spacecraft operations environment;

· proven work experience in the operation of mission monitoring systems;

· proven experience in the definition, development, integration and acceptance testing of mission data monitoring systems;

· proven work experience defining and implementing the verification and

validation of ground segment systems.

Recent experience of the following, in an operational context, would be a distinct advantage:

· experience (at least three years) in the operations preparation and routine operations of

Geostationary (‘GEO’) and Low Earth Orbit (‘LEO’) satellite systems;

· experience of configuration and monitoring using NAGIOS;

· experience with the definition and analysis of operational user requirements;

· experience of using configuration management systems such as CVS;

· familiarity with ECSS and CCSDS standards related to space-to-ground interfaces and applicable to Satellite Monitoring & Control Systems: Packet Telemetry and Telecommand standards, PUS (Packet Utilisation Standard), etc.;

· Windows & Unix / Linux operating systems.


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 20th March 2015 to:

Andrée Scherschel (


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