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    Job Description
    TitleLEO Mission Planning Engineer
    Job posted on07/03/2016
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

    LEO Mission Planning Engineer

    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 Consultant shall perform tasks related to all aspects of mission planning for the routine operation of all Client’s LEO missions. These tasks include:

    • Performing routine (weekly or bi-weekly) and contingency scheduling tasks using the mission planning facility;
    • Performing preventative maintenance of the mission planning facility according to working practice, generally by running system checks to spot any system anomalies or errors;
    • Raising anomaly reports when necessary and monitoring their resolution through attendance at appropriate review boards. Supplying context and initial analyses that may aid the investigation of anomalies;
    • Responding to mission planning related anomalies and operational contingencies promptly;
    • Maintenance of mission planning documentation such as the user guide document and the operational implementation document;
    • Liaising with external entities where necessary in order to fulfill joint operations requirements. Maintaining documentation concerning this;
    • Maintaining a detailed understanding of the space and ground segment operational needs that are met through mission planning. Through regular liaison with space and ground segment experts, implementing, testing and documenting new or modified operational needs that are met through mission planning;
    • Performing the maintenance, update, validation and documentation of the mission planning operational implementation for all missions, in all mission phases. The mission planning operational implementation resides in a relational database and associated business rule management system, and is used to generate schedules related to satellite payload mission planning;
    • Rolling out of new versions of the mission planning operational implementation following approved configuration management procedures;
    • Contributing to the definition of any changes to the supplied mission planning application software or to in-house supporting software that could lead to performance and/or ergonomics improvements. Contributing to the process of implementing such changes, and liaising with any external contractors that may be performing the changes;
    • Contributing to the definition and raising of Engineering Change Proposals and Change Requests concerning mission planning, and attending ECP Review Board meetings if necessary;
    • Contributing to the operational validation of new versions of the MPF application software, including testing of AR/NCR correction and new functionality. This may include FAT or OSAT attendance;
    • Participation in any necessary meetings and reviews (long term scheduling, schedule consolidation, anomaly review boards, etc);
    • Training of personnel in Mission Planning on-call and routine scheduling tasks as required;
    • In the scope of EPS only, performing routine scheduling tasks at the BUCC, Madrid in support of periodic or emergency activations, as defined within the Mission Planning team;
    • In the scope of EPS only, managing and monitoring schedule execution on all ground segments on a daily basis and responding to anomalies and operational contingencies promptly;
    • In the scope of Copernicus Sentinel-3 only, performing the maintenance, update, validation and documentation of the MPS rules and constraints file in collaboration with the Flight Control Team;
    • In the scope of Copernicus Sentinel-3 only, maintaining an understanding of the SCOS- 2000 MCS Working Operational Database, in which the linkage between Sequences (Requests) and telecommands is defined;
    • Providing mission planning support to other operational missions or future missions as required.


    Your Profile:

    In addition to having a university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the Consultant shall have at least 3 years experience of low earth orbit (LEO) spacecraft and ground segment system operations. The following experience is required:

    • At least 3 years of routine mission planning operations;
    • At least 3 years experience in the production and maintenance of mission planning operational rules using a Java-like Business Rules Management System (e.g. JBoss Drools or ILOG Rules);
    • At least 2 years of working with files in XML format;
    • Experience in the operational validation of mission planning software systems;
    • Experience with Software Version Control Systems (e.g. CVS, SVN or Git) and Software Configuration Management Systems (e.g. Serena Dimensions).

    The following experience would be advantageous:

    • At least 2 years working with relational databases and SQL, preferably involving Oracle database administration;
    • At least 2 years of Linux/Unix operating system administration;
    • At least 1 year of software development in C++, with knowledge of Oracle database access using ProC advantageous.

    The Consultant shall be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, shall be able to work calmly and correctly under stress and must be able to work with the minimum of supervision. The Consultant should be used to working proactively within a small team.

    The official languages are English and French, and the working language for the position is English and therefore the Key Person must be able to work effectively in this language.


    REFERENCE: 16-212219

    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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