CV: EPS Controller / Telespazio-VEGA Group Leader

 


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 Date Submitted:26-11-2018
 Last Modified:27-11-2018 (07:09)
Job information
 Current job:EPS Controller / Telespazio-VEGA Group Leader
 Employment Term:Permanent
 Job location:Europe only
 Date available:>3months
 Industry:Satellite Operators
 KeywordsSpacecraft, ground segment, ground station, mission control system, LEO, MEO, polar orbit, ESOC, Eumetsat, NOAA, CNES, NASA, controller
CV

PERSONAL INFORMATION

Sex Male | Date of birth 10/02/1981 | Nationality British

 

PERSONAL STATEMENT

With almost fourteen years of experience in spacecraft operations covering low and medium Earth orbit satellites, their ground segments, data acquisition, processing and distribution ​monitoring as well as communication with partner organisations I am keen to explore what other opportunities I may be suited for. Spacecraft operations is a unique environment and set of responsibilities which I believe require the kind of critical thinking, alertness and responsibility that would be of value in many other industries.

In the last year I added Group Leader to my list of responsibilities in order to help manage the split company team due to labor law changes. This has been an interesting introduction to team management.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

 

05/2011–Present

Space and Ground controller for EPS at Eumetsat, EPS Telespazio Group Leader

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany)

Controller:

Responsible as part of a 24 hour shift team for the monitoring and control of the Metop-A/B/C meteorological satellites and related ground support hardware.​ Monitoring and support for NOAA satellites. Monitoring of the JASON-2, SARAL, NPP and Eumetsat Advanced Retransmission Service (EARS) missions.

Interfacing with internal engineering teams, external partner agencies and providing timely news updates to the global user community.

Interaction with Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems on which run a network of customised off the shelf software as well as multiple in house applications.

High pressure environment with a need for uninterrupted data production and distribution.

 

Group Leader:

Co-ordinate Telespazio staff in the EPS control team. Approval of shift plans, leave requests. Support team members with company regulations and processes. Perform yearly appraisals.

12/2003–05/2011

Spacecraft controller for the Cluster-2 mission at ESA - ESOC

Telespazio VEGA Deutschland GmbH, Darmstadt (Germany)

Responsible for the operation of the four spacecraft in the Cluster-2 mission, ensuring their continual operation, reaction to contingency situations and making optimal use of the scheduled visibility allocated to the mission (data dumping, instrument maintenance, commanding) and to ensure high science return despite unforeseen situations such as ground station faults and atmospheric conditions.

2000–2001

Network Administrator, Information Technology Department

Virgin Travelstore, Staines (United Kingdom)

Supporting users local and external to the office in the range of 200+. Building and upkeep of network servers for network attached storage, email and connectivity to the global travel agency network for reservations and sales.​

Primary software includes Microsoft Windows, Exchange and Office. X-25 networks and Checkpoint Firewall-1 & Stone Beat.

1999–2000

Network technician, Information Technology Department

Kingston Technology (Europe) Limited, Sunbury-upon-Thames (United Kingdom)

Support of the local network users and remote sales teams. Server building and upkeep, hardware upgrade campaigns.​

Primary software includes Microsoft Windows 3.11, NT4. Mac OS 8, 9. Lotus Domino and Notes. Novell Netware and Windows Domains.

 

EDUCATION AND TRAINING

 

01/02/2016–2017

Computing, I.T. & Psychology

BSc (Honours)

Open University (United Kingdom)

Programming theory and practice

Networking and communication​

Security, legality and policy

Mathematics

Multimedia

Technical writing and presentation

Human behavior

Psychological processes (Language, attention span, etc)

Counseling and forensic psychology

03/2015–04/2015

Spacecraft Analyst Training

 

Telespazio-VEGA (Germany)

Covering the topics of the Spacecraft Analyst roll including the ground segment (MCS and earth terminals), telemetry and telecommands​ (ESA packet standards), relational databases and the mission information database updates. SCOS 2000 implementations. Use of MOIS and operations planing.

09/1999–09/2000

NVQ L3 Information Technology

 

Richmond upon Thames College, Twickenham (United Kingdom)

Work placement at Kingston Technology as a part of the Information Technology administration department.​

1999–1999

MCSE networking with Windows NT4 Domains

 

09/1997–09/1999

GNVQ L1, 2 Information Technology

 

Richmond upon Thames College, Twickenham (United Kingdom)

Computer literacy and office ​use including English, Mathematics and use of I.T. in business.

Computer and networking concepts. Introduction to programming.

 

PERSONAL SKILLS

 

Mother tongue(s)

English

Foreign language(s)

UNDERSTANDING

SPEAKING

WRITING

Listening

Reading

Spoken interaction

Spoken production

 

German

A2

A2

A1

A1

A1

 

Levels: A1 and A2: Basic user - B1 and B2: Independent user - C1 and C2: Proficient user

Common European Framework of Reference for Languages

Communication skills

Multiple years involved with supporting international teams from the Information Technology department as well as my personal interest in cultures other than my own have provided me with enjoyable experiences with the differences in communication, what is considered rude and polite and expectations between my home country​ and those of others.

I enjoy opportunities to provide information to interested parties on topics I have become familiar with. Equally improving my understanding and finding new topics of interest from other people.

Job-related skills

Due to personal interest from a young age I have an strong connection to, interest in and understanding of a variety of technologies and the communities surrounding them.​

Almost everything I can demonstrate skill with has been self taught or I have learned while working due to necessity.

I have a very logic orientated approach to problem solving which starts with having a good understanding of as many components of a system as possible, I believe this has been key to my enjoyment of problem solving.

Digital skills

SELF-ASSESSMENT

Information processing

Communication

Content creation

Safety

Problem solving

 

Proficient user

Proficient user

Independent user

Proficient user

Proficient user

 

Digital skills - Self-assessment grid

 

Cyber101x: Cyberwar, Surveillance and Security issued by AdelaideX

 

I have worked with almost every edition of windows starting with 3.1. Mac OS 8, 9, 10.x. Linux, Solaris, IRIX and various BSD derivatives.​

Microsoft Office, Libre Office, Apple office tools and Google Docs. Various photo and audio editing software. Backup solutions local and online. Networking and security tools.


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