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    Job Description
    TitleLEO Mission Planning Engineer
    Job posted on17/08/2016
    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 mainly perform tasks related to the development and procurement of the EPS-SG Mission Planning System (MPS). These tasks typically include:

    Supporting the EPS-SG ground segment team in the development and procurement of the MPS and any related tools;

    Analysing and reviewing relevant EPS-SG documentation, preparing technical notes and attending technical meetings;

    Participating in reviews for the MPS and, when necessary, interfacing facilities and associated tools, throughout the procurement life-cycle;

    Participating in MPS factory or on-site acceptance testing and related activities at facility and system level. If necessary, creating and executing test procedures to support this activity;

    Analysing & reporting on test results, in particular with respect to requirement verification and validation;

    Proposing changes to the MPS or related tools (for instance to modify some aspect of the software functionality), and contributing to the process for implementing such changes (change justification, baseline requirements update, issuing the change request, liaison with external contractors, etc);

    Raising, monitoring and steering the lifecycle of MPS related anomaly reports (ARs) and non-conformance reports (NCRs). Supplying context and analysis to support the investigation of anomalies;

    Participating in the installation of the MPS and related tools. Verifying the installation;

    Defining the MPS operational implementation (rules, database structures, etc) and maintaining a detailed understanding of the space and ground segment operational needs that are met through mission planning;

    Producing and maintaining MPS related documentation such as the Operational Implementation document and the MPS User Operations Guide;

    Interacting with internal users, suppliers and partner organisations;

    Providing procurement support to other future missions, notably Jason-CS, if required.

    In support to operational missions (EPS, Sentinel-3), the tasks may include:

    Performing routine scheduling tasks and providing on-call support as required.


    Your Profile:

    In addition to having a university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the consultant shall have at least 5 years experience gained through the specification, procurement and operation of space mission planning systems.

    More precisely, the following experience is required:

    At least 5 years practical experience of LEO mission planning system specification, development, procurement and routine operations;

    At least 3 years experience of AIV related activities (test procedure generation, requirements verification and validation, etc), preferably in the field of space mission planning systems;

    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;

    At least 2 years experience with the Linux/Unix operating system (user command level).

    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;

    Knowledge of ECSS and CCSDS standards;

    At least 1 year of software development in C++, with knowledge of Oracle database access using ProC advantageous;

    Knowledge of the principles of satellite monitoring and control

    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.

    While 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: 16-212917

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany


    CLOSING DATE: 22nd September 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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