We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a
System and Ground Stations Operations Preparation 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.
The Key Person will support the RSO division but shall initially provide support to the PRD department for the development and operations preparation of the MTG Programme focussing on system and ground station aspects, ensuring they are brought to a suitable level for the transition of the programme into routine operations.
The role comprises a range of tasks across a number of different departments so the key Person will need a broad knowledge of operational ground segments and how the ground stations fit into the general scheme. The key Person shall also support the routine operations of the existing MTP, MSG and EPS ground stations, as well as their future evolutions.
The Key Person’s main duties will include the support to:
System and Ground segment operations preparation activities
Ground segment procurement(s) for the future programmes (including acceptance and validation phase)
Review documentation and attend formal reviews as part of the procurement process
Supporting and witnessing IV&V testing for future programmes
Definition and maintenance of operations procedures, including system and ground segment procedures and operations guides
Liaison with the spacecraft operations team to ensure the continuity and optimisation of spacecraft monitoring and control activities
Day to day operations of current and future ground stations (including day-to-day planning, monitoring and first line anomaly investigations)
Processing and coordination of system and ground segment anomalies (in particular but not limited to ground stations), their documentation, investigation, classification and resolution/mitigation, including participation in Anomaly Review Boards
Analysis of ground station obsolescence, and upgrade paths within a 24/7 operations environment
Participation in technical meetings, formal reviews, and scheduling and planning meetings
Provision of training, through written materials, practical demonstrations and presentations, to other members of the Operations and Engineering Teams.
The tasks assigned to the Key Person will be agreed through dedicated work-packages with clear identification of activities and deliverable outputs expected.
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 work experience, the Key Person shall have the following mandatory attributes:
At least three years experience in a real-time spacecraft operations environment
At least three years experience in the routine operations of satellites – preferably in an earth observation environment
Experience of the preparation and use of operational procedures, databases, displays and documentation
Experience of the following would be a distinct advantage:
Experience in the operations preparation and routine operations of Geostationary (‘GEO’) and/or Low Earth Orbit (‘LEO’) satellite systems
Experience in the procurement phase of ground segments for satellite monitoring and control and mission data reception, ideally in the Earth Observation domain
Experience of document management and configuration control processes
Experience of development and upgrades within a 24/7 operations environment
Experience in defining user interfaces for operations (HMI, reports etc.
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: 31st 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.