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    Job Description
    TitleSatellite Application Facilities Engineering Consultant
    Job posted on18/02/2016
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

    Satellite Application Facilities Engineering Consultant

    You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.

    Your Tasks Include:

    The Satellite Application Facilities (SAF) Web Area encompasses a suite of web-based tools necessary to support SAF Network Management activities. Examples are the Web-based RID tool supporting the SAF Reviews and the tools enabling control of the SAF baseline. Such tools need to be kept up-to-date in line with progress of SAF developments.

    The following Tasks shall be performed:

    Task 1

    Using the Client’s Web-based RID Tool, support the preparation and conduction of all SAF Reviews, properly configuring the tool for each review, based on related organizational notes, and the generation of review reports. The contract shall also support the evolution of the used Web-based RID tool in line with evolving requirements as well as detected anomalies to be corrected.

    Typically, up to 30-35 SAF Reviews are conducted every year, either by email exchange, with collocation meeting of the review board and the SAF project, or when via teleconference.

    Task 2

    Update and refine the structure of the SAF Network Management Intranet and Extranet areas and update the related content in line with the evolving status of the SAF Network.

    Task 3

    Maintain on the SAF Network Management Extranet the SAF Controlled Documentation Baseline at network level and for each SAF.

    The continuous evolution of the SAF Network also requires systematic updates to the contents of related pages in addition to maintaining their coherence with the inter-linked external web sites (e.g. SAFs Leading Entities, relevant International Initiatives). This requires continuous cross-checks between Client’s SAF Web pages and external pages. In addition, using the Client Web Site framework, the consultant shall support the conception of appropriate Web Pages allowing the retrieval the SAF Baseline as identified in Task 2 above.

    Task 4

    Ingestion of the related new documentation metadata into the supporting Database;

    Task 5

    Update of the SAF System Architectural synthesis available through the Internet;

    Task 6

    Configure the SAF FTP Server, used in conjunction with other WEB Tools. A dedicated FTP Server is available for the exchange of documentation between the SAFs and Client. This FTP server supports specific SAF reviews and also a dedicated documentation exchange during different phases of a SAF project.

    In the context of the development of the new Client’s Satellite Systems, and in particular of MTG and EPS-SG, there is a need to ensuring proper interactions and cross- coordination between SAFs and the Client’s Programmes, as committed to provide products based on data from related satellites, and these programmes. Specific support tasks are therefore requested as follows.

    Task 7

    Support the follow-on of the SAF Developments related to MTG and EPS- SG, including assessment of evolution of requirements, evolution of design and interfaces with respect to the baseline plans, providing synthesis elements to be made available via Internet/Extranet.

    Task 8

    Support the supervision and assessment of SAF Verification and Validation activities for all new products/operational chains related to MTG and EPS- SG, in particular in terms of:

    • Evaluation of the test progress with respect to Multi-Mission Elements (MME) of the Ground Segment (Dissemination and Archiving/Retrieval);
    • Evaluation of the coherence of the SAFs Verification and Validation plans and Test Records with respect to the programme Verification and Validation approach of new satellite programmes in development;
    • Supporting the distribution to SAFs of Test Data related to new satellite programmes in development for use by SAFs for verification and validation purposed;
    • Gathering of Verification / Validation Results provided by SAFs for inclusion in the Verification / Validation Files of the new programmes in development.

    Support to Programme Reviews

    The PRS Division supports the overall Review processes for the programmes in development, at system, ground segment and lower level as appropriate. For these review the Web-based RID tool is used and maintained/configured by PRS. In this context the Contractor shall perform the following tasks.

    Task 9

    To support the configuration of the Web-based RID Tool in line with the organization notes for Programme reviews. Typically, this support will be relevant for up to 10 reviews per year.

    Task 10

    To support the programme review secretariat during the conduction of reviews is so explicitly requested and agreed.


    Your Profile:

    As a minimum, the consultant shall have a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or equivalent, and a proven experience and skills as specified hereafter.

    Experience (Mandatory)

    • General Knowledge of Ground Segment Engineering life-cycles;
    • Experience in Project Reviews Organization and conduction;
    • Knowledge of requirements definition and traceability;
    • Knowledge of engineering standards used in Ground Segment Developments, such as ECSS;
    • Experience in WEB application in implementing and maintaining web contents and services for Internet, Intranet and Extranet systems;
    • Experience in using Web Contents Management Systems.

    Technology Skills for the WEB activities (Mandatory)

    • Experience in PHP/JavaScript/HTML5/CSS3;
    • Experience in Relational Database (e.g. Oracle) and metadata management for documentation systems based on extranet.

    Complementary Experience / Qualifications

    Experience in one or more of the following will be considered as an advantage:

    • Basic knowledge of Verification and Validation processes;
    • Use of Web Collaboration Tools;
    • Knowledge of Internet technical and organizational aspects, internetworking concepts and architectures, “classical” Internet applications (e.g. FTP, SMTP, NNTP);
    • Knowledge in/of using, XML, XSD, and XSLT;
    • Experience of working in an ISO-certified environment would be also appreciated.

    Personal skills and Working Language

    The consultant shall have good personal communication skills (oral and writing) to interact with Client groups/staff responsible for content generation, and/or for providing requirements for new applications.

    The working language for the position is English and therefore consultants must be able to work effectively in this language and have knowledge of French.


    REFERENCE: 16-212133

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany


    CLOSING DATE: 12th April 2016

    MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.

    Contact information
    CompanyMoltek Consultants Ltd
    Contact namePeter Clarke
    AddressThe Business Centre
    Green Road
    United Kingdom
    TN12 8JS
    Phone+44(0)1892 725000
    Fax+44(0)1892 725001
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