We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a
Ground Stations 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 Key Person will support the Ground Stations and External Interfaces (GSEI) team within the RSO division and shall support the daily operations of the Ground Stations and their interfaces to the other components of the ground segments to ensure their maximum availability and reliability. This role will focus on the ground stations supporting our Client’s low Earth orbiting (LEO) satellites (EPS, EPS-SG and J-CS) but the engineer will also be expected to support the geostationary orbit (GEO) stations when required.
In addition, the Key Person will be expected to acquire and maintain System-wide knowledge of the Ground Segments, particularly in the areas of spacecraft monitoring & control and the flow of mission data, due to the central role the ground station plays in spacecraft and ground segment operations.
The tasks will include:
Long-term planning and short-term scheduling of the operational usage of the ground stations to support both the needs of the Flight Operations Division (FLO) and Ground Stations engineering team;
Interface with project teams for the implementation of system upgrades to support major operations projects and major activities described in the Operational System Mid-Term Evolution Plan. This will include ground station changes required to support major space segment evolutions;
Interfacing with the ground stations maintenance teams and industry representatives to ensure optimised performance by the ground stations, including participating in the definition, specification and implementation of any changes;
Planning and co-ordination of upgrades, repairs and evolutions with the engineering teams and FLO division;
Organising the validation of these upgrades, repairs and evolutions with the Controller Teams;
Definition and maintenance of ground station operations procedures and operations guides;
Maintaining operational ground stations databases;
Investigation into anomalies, their documentation, classification and correction/mitigation, participation in associated Anomaly Review Boards;
Provision of training, through production and presentation of written materials, practical demonstrations and presentations, to other members of the Operations Department
The role will require good communications skills, to allow the effective communication of information under a variety of circumstances. The Key Person should be used to working proactively within team and being able to work with the minimum of supervision. The variety of the tasks and the scope and complexity of the systems to be supported require a high degree of autonomy and good analytical skills.
The tasks assigned to the Key Person will be agreed through dedicated work-packages with clear identification of activities and outputs expected.
During critical operational periods or following major maintenance upgrades, the engineer will also be required to provide on call support as part of a team of ground station engineers.
In the performance of these tasks, the Key Person shall apply the Client’s configuration and change control procedures as well as the relevant system engineering standards, quality management procedures and maintenance procedures.
In addition to having a university degree in a relevant technical discipline or the equivalent ground stations experience, the Key Person shall have the following mandatory attributes:
At least five years’ experience in ground stations TT&C operations in support of multiple Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and/or Geostationary (GEO) spacecraft;
At least five years’ experience in a real-time 24/7 spacecraft operations environment, ideally in an earth observation environment;
Excellent interpersonal and co-ordination skills
Experience of the following would be a distinct advantage:
Major upgrades or evolutions of operational ground stations
Defining and implementing the verification and validation of ground stations
Interfaces between ground stations and ground segments
First-line hardware and software failure diagnosis and correction
Baseband operation and configuration
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
The Key Person shall possess the following skills:
Autonomy and Resourcefulness
Work proactively in an individual or team environment, with the minimum of supervision;
Perform effectively under high workloads and be able to adapt to a rapidly-changing time-critical environment.
Conducting activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, working calmly and correctly under stress
Teamwork / Integrity
Share expertise and experience with other team members - provide cross-training and support.
Work in, and where necessary lead, small teams;
Value and respect other opinions, treat others fairly, encouraging participation;
Accept criticism positively and be willing to adapt and change working methods.
Planning and Organisation
Prepare critical activities in advance and in detail, to be shared for review and approval prior to the actual execution of the work.
Coordinate and communicate activities with key stakeholders (management, operators, quality assurance, configuration management)
Problem Solving / Innovation
Take ownership of problems through to effective resolution;
Develop initiatives to resolve underlying issues that go beyond the immediate problem;
Take steps to minimise risks in both the near- and long-term.
Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills and be confident to deal with a wide variety of people and to influence at all levels.
Have excellent presentation and training skills with the ability to deliver a message such that it generates learning and understanding.
LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany
CLOSING DATE: 18th October 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.