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    Job Description
    TitleFlight Dynamics Software Engineer
    Job posted on08/05/2016
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 2 months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by

    Flight Dynamics Software Engineer

    You will be based initially for 1 year at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 3 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 support software development and maintenance of the Client’s Flight Dynamics Systems following formal processes and methodologies.

    The development cycle includes the typical phases (requirements, design, development, testing) with formal procedures related to configuration control, verification (against the software requirements) and roll-out into operations.

    Development ranges in a mixed multiplatform environment, from fixing problems and engineering changes, technical support to the continuous operation of the system, including analysis, investigation/resolution and production of the appropriate documentation.

    Main duties include:

    Maintenance and Evolution activities

    Software development using FORTRAN, C++ and Java engineered in Windows and Unix environments, interacting with Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products;

    Preventive maintenance: Support to the 24/7 smooth running of facility software applications and their operating systems and in the case of anomalies affecting operations, identifying and applying appropriate first line corrective actions ensuring that in the case of problems with applications, operating systems or COTS, that the operational configuration can be restored;

    Corrective maintenance: Investigation into relevant anomalies and solutions, their documentation and classification, with suitable, follow-up of software updates delivery;

    Evolutive maintenance: Analysis of user-driven requirements, generation of software requirements, design, implementation and verification/testing activities;

    Verification/testing activities: Generation of verification/test procedures and delivery documentation, participation in verification and regression testing activities at unit and system level, participation in factory acceptance testing campaigns and execution of on-site verification testing at integration level;

    System upgrades: Analysis, planning and management of application, operating system and COTS upgrades and reconfigurations, taking into account any compatibility issues;

    Definition and management of technical documentation and procedures in support of these activities.

    User Support

    Applications support: Software and technical support to the end-users of the application software by request;

    Attendance in meetings: Participation in technical, progress and team meetings, submission of reports as required;

    On call service: On occasions, provision of standby/call-out support to operations and support to critical operations out of normal hours;

    Additional support: Provision of support to other areas and programmes as required, for example, supporting the simulations infrastructure.

     Technical Management

    Documentation: generation and updates of technical documents;

    Meeting participation: participation to technical, progress and team meetings as needed and requested;

    Routine reporting: preparation and production of routine reports as necessary;

    Contractor management at technical level: acting as point of contact with the contractor for technical discussions, review of technical documentation from the contractor, organizing periodical technical meetings with the contractor;

     Software engineering framework support

    Analysis activities focused on a common software engineering framework for the GSI Mission Control Applications and Tools Team;

    Development of tools implementing this software engineering framework.


    Your Profile:

    In addition to having a University degree in a relevant engineering discipline, the consultant shall demonstrate significant knowledge and experience in the area of software development.

    The consultant shall have skills and experience in software development with the following

    Mandatory areas:

    Note: Attention shall be given to the critical role that the following mandatory requirements play in the selection process

    Domain Skills

    Extensive experience (minimum 5 years) in the definition, development and maintenance of Flight Dynamics software applications mainly oriented to GEO missions;

    Experience with support to Operations for GEO satellite Flight Dynamics Systems showing a sufficient understanding of Flight Dynamics principles (e.g. Orbit determination, Orbit maintenance, Fuel estimation, etc.);

    Good knowledge and understanding - with working experience evidence - of space related standards (ECSS and CCSDS) related to space-to-ground interfaces.

    System Development & Maintenance Skills

    Extensive experience (minimum 5 years) in software development and maintenance following formal software lifecycle processes resulting in multiple customer deliveries covering production of requirements, design engineering artefacts and implementation reflecting corrective and evolution software maintenance activities as well as new applications definition;

    Extensive experience (minimum 5 years) in verification and validation process and experience of supporting testing campaigns and related activities (test procedure generation, non-regression testing, requirements verification and validation).

    Experience in being the technical point of contact for customers and responsible for application software evolution and maintenance

    Software, Technologies and Engineering skills

    Extensive experience (minimum 5 years) designing and developing software components and applications using FORTRAN, C++ and Java;

    Experience with formal software development on Windows platforms using the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE;

    Experience with development using SQL and relational database management systems

    Documentation and Configuration Management Skills

    Good knowledge of MS Office Suite applications and experience with Documentation Management systems;

    Experience in using Configuration Management and Anomaly Reporting and Tacking tools.

    It would be a distinct advantage for the Consultant to have experience with some of the following optional skills:

    Domain Skills

    Experience with software development and maintenance of Satellite Flight Dynamics Systems and Tools based on the ESAIESOC NAPEOS (Navigation Package for Earth Observation Satellite);

    Experience in integration with Mission Control Systems based on MICONYS® software suite from ESAIESOC.

    System Development & Maintenance Skills

    Software support to users and in general to the Flight Control Teams;

    Work experience in a 24/7 operational environment characterized by high availability needs. This includes experience with on-call support to operational systems.

    Software, Technologies and Engineering skills

    Experience in software development using the Hewlett-Packard Visual FORTRAN IDE plug-in;

    Experience with scripting languages (e.g. Python, PHP, Unix Shell scripts, etc.);

    Experience programming with XML.

    Due to the variety of the tasks and the scope of the systems to be supported, the Consultant shall be able to quickly adapt to changes in assignments, manage his tasks in an efficient way demonstrating high degree of independence and autonomy, excellent analytical skills, effectiveness within a small team, good presentation and communication skills.

    The Consultant shall be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, encouraging a friendly and cooperative working environment, demonstrating capabilities in applying principles, accept criticism and being open to discussing and share solutions with other. Moreover is expected to actively participate, as required by the Team Leader, in technical meetings and/or periodic reviews and activity assessments.

    The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore, consultants must be able to work effectively in this language and have an acceptable knowledge of the other.


    REFERENCE: CFO-016-212477

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany


    CLOSING DATE: 18th 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
    United Kingdom
    TN12 8JS
    Phone+44(0)1892 725000
    Fax+44(0)1892 725001
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