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    Job Description
    TitleMission Control System Software Engineer
    Job posted on28/11/2016
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 3months
    Job Description

    We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

    Mission Control System Software 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:

    Working Team

    The Mission Control Applications (MCA) and Tools Team is responsible for the maintenance and development of the following Mission Control Applications:

    Spacecraft Monitoring & Control,

    Local Applications Monitoring & Control,

    On-board software management,

    Flight Dynamics System,

    Mission Planning System,

    OpsPrep Tools,

    Data analysis and reporting tools,

    Spacecraft Simulator.

    The Mission Control Applications and Tools Team performs the following activities:

    Software engineering and software maintenance of multi-mission and mission-specific Mission Control Applications and Tools for GEO and LEO missions.

    Software engineering for the reuse of Mission Control Applications and Tools with the separation between generic kernel and mission-specific extensions.

    Integration and verification at application and system level.

    User and software support to flight control teams.

    Support to the Client Programme Preparation and Development (PRD) Department for the Phase-B/C/D of new missions in the domain of Mission Control Applications.

    List of tasks

    The Contractor via its key person will provide its prime consultancy to the Mission Control

    Applications and Tools Team in the following areas:

    Evolution and maintenance of the Client’s Mission Control System for the EPS mission;

    Technical coordination in the team of the different parallel activities involving the EPS Mission Control Applications and Tools (EPS MCF);

    Evolution, maintenance and adaption and deployment for new Client’s Programmes of Multi-Mission Satellite & Ground Station Online Monitoring Applications and Operations Preparation (OpsPrep) Tools.


    The tasks of the key person will typically include:

    Maintenance and Evolution Activities

    Re-engineering activities: analysis of the porting of some subsystems to state-of-the-art technologies, trade-off studies of various technologies, software design of the technical solutions, following the procurement of the changes with external contractors and verification testing of the changes.

    Evolutions and changes: generation and/or analysis of user-driven and maintenance driven software requirements, software design of the technical solutions, following the procurement of the changes with external contractors and verification testing of the changes.

    Preventive and corrective maintenance: including the investigation and correction (or following the corrections implemented by external contractors) of anomalies in the software applications and verification testing of the fixes.

    Maintenance test procedures: generation and updates of maintenance test procedures at software application level and at system level.

    Consultancy and development of the verification infrastructure: development and/or procurement of scripts I tools to perform installation checks, non-regression, functional and performance testing. Analysis and implementation of mechanisms or tools allowing the automatic or semi-automatic verification testing of the application software.

    Coordination of the production of new software releases or patches, delivery acceptance and installation on-site. This activity includes the technical coordination of the production by an external contractor of new releases or patches of the application software, liaison with the Client’s operational users, participation in technical reviews, participation in factory (at contractor premises) acceptance testing campaigns and coordination of the installation of the releases or patches on-site.

    Execution and coordination of software verification and non-regression testing campaigns. This activity includes preparation of test data, running the test procedures on the target system, generation of test reports, analysis of results and troubleshooting of problems.

    Software consultancy: software consultancy to the end-users of the application software.

    Ensure operations continuity: by provision of on-call services and software consultancy to operations.

    Documentation: generation and updates of technical documents.

    Technical point of contact for maintenance contractors: acting as point of contact with the contractor for technical discussions, review of technical documentation from the contractor from the technical point of view, organizing periodical technical meetings with the contractor.

    Consultancy to the technical coordination of the parallel activities involving the EPS Mission Control Applications and Tools (EPS MCF)

    Consultancy to the technical coordination of all the parallel maintenance and evolution activities where the EPS MCF applications and tools are involved.

    Participation in the Operations planning and scheduling meetings and anomaly review boards where the EPS MCF applications and tools are discussed.

    Consultancy to new Programmes for the adaption and deployment of the Client’s Multi-Mission Satellite & Ground Station Online Monitoring Applications and OpsPrep Tools

    Consultancy for the requirements and/or service definition phase for these Multi-Mission Applications and Tools including the technical interaction with user or ground segment representatives of new Programmes.

    Consultancy for the architectural design phase including the specification and design of the infrastructure required for the provision of these Multi-Mission Applications and Tools to new Programmes.

    Consultancy for the implementation phase for both external activities performed by the software contractor and configuration tasks performed internally.

    Consultancy for the deployment of these Multi-Mission Applications and Tools for new Programmes.

    Consultancy for the verification and integration testing of these Multi-Mission Applications and Tools.



    Your Profile:

    In addition to having a University degree in a relevant engineering discipline, the key person shall demonstrate significant knowledge and experience in the area of specification, design, implementation, verification and maintenance of Mission Control Systems. The key person shall have skills and experience in the following mandatory areas:

    Domain Skills

    Experience (minimum 5 years) in the definition of software requirements, architectural design, implementation and maintenance of Mission Control Systems in the context of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) space missions.

    Experience in the maintenance and evolution of Mission Control Systems based on the EPOCH IPS M&C Product Suite from KRATOS Integral Systems.

    Software Development, Verification & Maintenance Skills

    Experience (minimum 5 years) in the full cycle of development and maintenance of application software, preferably for Mission Control Systems, following formal software engineering processes. This includes user and system requirement analysis, software requirement engineering, software design, implementation, corrective and evolutive maintenance activities.

    Experience (minimum 5 years) in IV &V (integration, verification and validation) activities, preferably for Mission Control Systems, following formal engineering processes. This includes requirement verification, system and subsystem integration, generation of test plan and test procedures, non-regression testing, generation of test data, generation of test tools, running the test procedures on the target system, generation of test reports and anomaly tracking.

    Software Technologies Skills

    Experience (minimum 3 years) in designing and developing software applications using C++ and Java programming languages for UNIX/Linux and Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    It would be a distinct advantage for the key person to have knowledge and/or experience with some of the following:

    Domain Skills

    Knowledge and understanding of space related standards (ECSS and CCSDS) concerning space-to-ground interfaces and applicable to Satellite Mission Control Systems.

    Experience in the development and maintenance of Mission Control Systems based on MICONYS® software suite from ESAIESOC.

    Experience in deploying and configuring the OpsPrep MOIS Tool from RHEA.

    Experience in integration of Mission Control Systems with Flight Dynamics Systems.

    Experience in integration of Mission Control Systems with Mission Planning Systems.

    Experience in using spacecraft simulators for Mission Control Systems testing.

    Experience in software support to flight control operations teams for Mission Control Systems.

    Maintenance Technical Management Skills

    Experience in being the technical point of contact for contractors working at off-site premises and responsible for application software evolution and maintenance.

    Software Technologies Skills

    Experience in using IBM Rational DOORS as system and software requirement management tool.

    Experience in the usage of software CASE design tools (e.g. "Enterprise Architect" and/or "MagicDraw").

    Experience in using Unified Modelling Language (UML) for software design.

    XML processing: schema design, validation, parser libraries, transformation (XSL T) and XPath.

    Experience in designing and developing software applications using interfaces to relational database management systems (RDBMS) and experience with data model design for RDBMS.

    Experience in designing, developing and maintaining software client applications using Eclipse as HMI framework (Rich Client Platform).

    Experience using tools for the automation of software testing.

    The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person shall be able to work effectively in this language.

    The key person shall also be assessed for the following skills and qualities:

    Working proactively without any supervision in an individual or team environment.

    Conducting activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, working calmly and correctly under stress.

    Working in teams and sharing expertise and experience with other team members.

    Able to commit to the plan and deliver the expected results on time or to report proactively if any deviations are foreseen.

    Take ownership of problems through to effective resolution.

    Possess excellent verbal and written communications skills and be confident to deal with a wide variety of people.


    REFERENCE: 16-213261

    LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany


    CLOSING DATE: 5th January 2017

    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.

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    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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