Schedule Management Engineer

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Schedule Management Engineer

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Darmstadt, Germany

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency - monitoring the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

At EUMETSAT, you can make a world of difference and be a part of something that makes a positive impact on society. You will be at the cutting edge of satellite technology, with a meaningful role in an organisation focused on space-based observations of the Earth’s weather and climate.


Within the Programme Management Office (PMO) of the Programmes in Preparation and Development Department (PRD), the management of the portfolio of programmes under development by EUMETSAT is becoming increasingly complex with a mix of current and next-generation mandatory programmes in various phases of development in addition to other activities.

The Schedule Management Engineer is therefore responsible for ensuring that essential departmental activities throughout all lifecycle phases of the programmes under development are implemented according to defined methods applicable for schedules and timelines that allow their integration at department level and in all programmes. The successful candidate will ensure that effective processes and tools are in place to enable consistency of the information, harmonised scheduling practice, performance evaluation and proactive schedule management throughout the individual programmes and across the department.

The main duties will be as follows:

  • Define and maintain a consistent schedule standard across all programmes and projects allowing cross-fertilisation of schedule management processes and tools and to ensure consistency with the other processes running within the organisation;
  • Ensure the consistent implementation of schedule management within all development programmes and projects along all lifecycle phases through dedicated services;
  • Procure & manage the department’s and programmes’ scheduling services;
  • Contribute to the department Programme Management standards by ensuring effective interactions with other stakeholders (e.g. working on risks, resources, reports);
  • Ensure appropriate and consistent reporting across the department and within the programmes, including maintenance of key performance indicators and trackers, information about actuals, critical paths/items and cross-programme initiatives;
  • Support deconflicting of resources within PRD and with the other technical departments, TSS and OPS;
  • Support PRD activities with schedules;
  • Ensure the consistency of the schedule process handover from development programmes to Operations department, providing also relevant lesson learned after each handover;
  • Perform regular Lesson Learned analysis of the schedule management competence and processes to seek for improvements to be implemented.

What we offer

  • Excellent salary, of up to Euro 7500/month NET (after tax) based on skills and experience;
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;
  • Full medical coverage for employee and family;
  • Attractive pension;
  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;
  • Training and development support;
  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).


  • University degree in a relevant Engineering, Science or Mathematics based discipline;
  • Project/Programme/Portfolio Management certifications or additional post-graduate degrees are considered a strong asset.

Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience in schedule management, including planning and control, for large-scale complex development programmes, ideally in the aerospace or defence field;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with a proven ability to apply these to interact with management and within and across working teams is essential; moreover, ability to liaise with internal/external stakeholders and to apply service delivery focus, together with quality orientation;
  • Proven experience of team and/or project and technical management/coordination;
  • Experience providing analyses and elements for decision making, including critical analyses/observation to management;
  • Proven experience in the operation of Enterprise Resource Programme (ERP) systems and state-of-the-art Project Planning and Control tools with direct experience in the utilisation of SAP being an advantage;
  • Experience with the procurement and management of external consultancy support contracts would be advantageous;
  • Proven ability to solve problems proactively and independently, as well as having an achievement orientation;
  • Demonstrated orientation to continuous learning, innovation and improvement.


EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful.

More about us

EUMETSAT’s role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT can recruit nationals only from the 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom).

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