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    TitleLEO Mission Planning Engineer
    Job code213619
    Job posted on25/01/2017
    Contract typePermanent
    Start dateimmediately
    Job Description

    Vitrociset Belgium, a Vitrociset Group company, can claim almost 30 years of experience in the field of space operations & engineering activities, starting in 1982 with the European Space Agency.

    Today Vitrociset Belgium is the Corporate Group's "center of gravity" for the Space activities in central Europe.  

    With the headquarter located in Belgium and permanent offices presence close to ESA's centers ESOC (D), ESTEC (NL) and ESAC (SP), the company offers you major opportunities at its many sites abroad, an international environment and assignment to prestigious clients (ESA, CNES, EUMETSAT, ASTRIUM).

    Please send your CV for this position to Ms Roxana Sasu at:

    Deadline: 07.02.2017

    Key Responsibilities:

    Concerning Mission Planning support to operational missions (EPS, Copernicus Sentinel-3), the Contractor via its key person shall perform the following tasks:

    Performing routine (weekly or bi-weekly) and contingency scheduling tasks using the mission planning facility;

    Performing  preventative  maintenance  of  the  mission  planning  facility  according  to working practice, generally by running system checks to spot any system anomalies or errors;

    Raising  anomaly  reports  when  necessary  and  monitoring  their  resolution  through attendance at appropriate review boards. Supplying context and initial analyses that may aid the investigation of anomalies;

    Responding  to  mission  planning  related  anomalies  and  operational  contingencies promptly;

    Maintenance of mission planning documentation such as the user guide document and the operational implementation document;

    Liaising  with  external  entities  where  necessary  in  order  to  fulfil  joint  operations requirements. Maintaining documentation concerning this;

    Maintaining a detailed understanding of the space and ground segment operational needs that are met through mission planning. Through regular liaison with space and ground segment experts, implementing, testing and documenting   new or modified operational needs that are met through mission planning;

    Performing  the  maintenance,  update,  validation  and  documentation  of  the  mission planning operational implementation for all missions, in all mission phases. The mission planning operational implementation resides in a relational database and associated business rule management system, and is used to generate schedules related to satellite payload mission planning;

    Rolling  out  of  new  versions  of  the  mission  planning  operational  implementation following approved configuration management procedures;

    Contributing to the definition of any changes to the supplied mission planning application software or to in-house supporting software that could lead to performance and/or ergonomics improvements. Contributing to the process of implementing such changes, and liaising with any external contractors that may be performing the changes;

    Contributing to the definition and raising of Engineering Change Proposals and Change Requests concerning mission planning, and attending ECP Review Board meetings if necessary;

    Contributing  to  the  operational  validation  of  new  versions  of  the  MPF  application software, including testing of AR/NCR correction, new functionality and non-regression. This may include FAT or OSAT attendance;

    Participation in any necessary meetings and reviews (long term scheduling, schedule consolidation, anomaly review boards, etc);

    Training  of  personnel  in  Mission  Planning  on-call  and  routine  scheduling  tasks  as required;

    In the scope of EPS only, performing routine scheduling tasks at the BUCC, Madrid in support of periodic or emergency activations, as defined within the Mission Planning team;

    In the scope of EPS only, managing and monitoring schedule execution on all ground segments on a daily basis and responding to anomalies and operational contingencies promptly;

    In  the  scope  of  Copernicus  Sentinel-3  only,  performing  the  maintenance,  update, validation and documentation of the MPS rules and constraints file in collaboration with the Flight Control Team;

    In the scope of Copernicus Sentinel-3 only, maintaining an understanding of the SCOS-

    2000 MCS Working Operational Database, in which the linkage between Sequences

    (Requests) and telecommands is defined.


    Concerning Mission Planning support to future missions (EPS-SG, Jason-CS), the Contractor via its key person shall perform the following tasks:

    Supporting the ground segment team in the development and procurement of the Mission Planning application software and any related tools;

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

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

    Participating in 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 Mission Planning application software 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  Mission  Planning  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 Mission Planning application software and related tools at EUMETSAT. Verifying the installation;

    Defining the Mission Planning 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  Mission  Planning  related  documentation  such  as  the Operational Implementation document and the User Operations Guide;

    Interacting with internal users, suppliers and partner organisations.



    In addition to having a university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the following experience is required:

    At least 3 years experience in the production and maintenance of LEO mission planning operational rules using a Java-like Business Rules Management System (e.g. JBoss Drools or ILOG Rules);

    At least 3 years practical experience of LEO mission planning system specification, development and procurement;

    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;

    Knowledge of the principles of satellite monitoring and control;

    At least 3 years of routine mission planning operations;

    At least 2 years of working with files in XML format;

    Experience in the operational validation of mission planning software systems;

    Experience with Software Version Control Systems (e.g. CVS, SVN or Git) and Software Configuration Management Systems (e.g. Serena Dimensions).

    At least 2 years working with relational databases and sql, preferably involving Oracle;

    At least 2 years of Linux/Unix operating system at the user level. The following experience would be advantageous:

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

    While the official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French, the working language for the position is English and therefore the Key Person must be able to provide consultancy effectively in this language.



    Please be advised that by submitting your CV or other content to us, you agree to the administration, processing and storage of any personal data for the purposes of recruitment processes. The agreement covers the processing of personal data by Vitrociset Belgium even after finishing the recruitment process to submit further proposals for employment and may be revoked at any time.

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    Contact information
    CompanyVITROCISET Belgium Sprl
    Contact nameRoxana Sasu
    Phone+32 61 23 00 04
    Fax+32 61 23 02 69
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