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    Job Description
    TitleCopernicus System Operations Engineer
    Job posted on22/04/2016
    LocationDarmstadt
    CountryGermany
    EducationBachelor
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

    Copernicus System Operations 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 provide support to the development and operation of the Copernicus

    Sentinel-3 Ground Segment, as well as its evolution. Main duties will include the support to:

    • System operations in a real-time operations environment;
    • End-to-end operations monitoring;
    • Operations procedure definition & updates;
    • Communications systems operations;
    • Security operations;
    • Infrastructure operations and evolution;
    • Ensuring Business Continuity;
    • Multi-mission operations, including mass storage and archiving;
    • System Evolutions.

    The consultant will be responsible for the definition and/or maintenance of the routine operations procedures pertaining to system operations and the interfaces of the key systems within the Sentinel-3 ground segment, in accordance with the established Client Operations Department configuration management and quality assurance practices.

    The consultant will acquire and maintain a System-wide view of the Sentinel-3 ground segment. In particular, the consultant will maintain operational expertise on the internal and external interfaces of the ground segment.

    The consultant will review any planned changes to the system configuration for the ground segments, and support the investigation of anomalies encountered through the routine system and ground segment operations.

    The consultant will provide support to the development and operations preparation for recurrent Sentinel-3 satellites.

    The consultant 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 consultant 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 optimization of spacecraft monitoring and control activities;
    • Liaison and coordination with the ground segment FOS and PDGS operations teams and system operations analysts to ensure the continuity and optimization of ground segment and mission operations (through procedure and operations guide updates, configuration changes, database or user interface changes, etc.);
    • Production and maintenance of operations documentation (Joint Operations Rules and Procedures, Operations Interface Control Documents etc.);
    • Interface and coordination with the systems maintenance teams and industry representatives to ensure optimized performance, including participating in the definition and implementation of any changes;
    • 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 and coordination of 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 meetings;
    • Processing and coordination 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 system upgrades and evolutions, both standalone and in the context of the overall Sentinel-3 ground segment;
    • Provision of training, through written materials, practical demonstrations and presentations, to other members of the Operations Team.

    The tasks assigned to the consultant will be agreed through dedicated work-packages with clear identification of activities and outputs expected.

    In the performance of these tasks, the consultant shall apply the Client’s configuration and change control procedures as well as the relevant system engineering standards, quality management procedures and maintenance procedures.

     

    Your Profile:

    In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the

    Consultant shall have at least 5 years of experience of spacecraft and related ground segment operations, in particular:

    • Experience of Ground Segment System Operations to support Low Earth Orbit (LEO), 3-Axis Stabilized Spacecraft during operation preparation, LEOP, commissioning and routine operations phases;
    • Development and maintenance of complex operational ground systems, preferably for Earth Observation spacecraft;
    • System and Interfaces Engineering / AIT experience for the development of major upgrades / new ground systems in a high availability 24/7 operational environment;
    • Satellite monitoring and control systems and near-real-time data processing, dissemination and archive systems;
    • Operational Monitoring of near real time data flows in large computer networks;
    • Full development cycle of large systems, from the definition of requirements to system design and operations;
    • Definition and management of operational interfaces within the ground segment and with external entities;
    • Investigation into anomalies, their documentation, classification and correction/mitigation, participation in Anomaly Review Boards and, where applicable, Operations Incident investigation and review activities;
    • Familiarity with the ECSS standards;
    • Experience with development and validation of operational ground segment and associated operations procedures for nominal and contingency- recovery cases;
    • Familiarity with procedure Change control and configuration management of ground segment operational systems.

    Furthermore, it would be a distinct advantage for the Consultant to have experience with some of the following:

    • Definition, management and traceability of complex requirements structure; experience in the use of tools (e.g. DOORS);
    • Definition of operations interfaces and processes with external partners;
    • Development of system analysis, reporting and monitoring tools;
    • Space – Ground Interface definition;
    • Ground Stations operation and maintenance;
    • Experience with modern satellite M&C systems (e.g. SCOS2K control system);
    • Experience of development, maintenance and operation of medium to large size applications;
    • Experience and proven application of development using Java, Perl, Oracle, operating system scripting languages, and XML technologies;
    • Experience of modern system architectures in the area of real-time data services and file based data delivery;
    • Communications protocols (e.g. TCP/IP, MBSS);
    • Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) and SAFE product formats;
    • Altimetry imaging and/or sounding instrumentation for Earth Observation spacecraft;
    • Experience in development of analysis and reporting tools.

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

     

    REFERENCE: 16-212432

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany

    CONTACT: recruit@moltek.net

    CLOSING DATE: 13th May 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
    Horsmonden
    United Kingdom
    TN12 8JS
    Phone+44(0)1892 725000
    Fax+44(0)1892 725001
    Emailrecruit@moltek.net
    Web Pagehttp://www.moltek.com/


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