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    TitleGround Segment System Engineer
    Job codeJ1215
    Job posted on13/06/2018
    Contract typePermanent
    Start datewithin 3months
    Job Description
    About us
    SCISYS Deutschland GmbH provides professional engineering and consultancy services supporting space programmes and missions. We have a strong presence at ESOC and EUMETSAT, as well as serving all ESA sites and spacecraft primes. Our team is composed of university graduates and experienced professionals, comprising some of the most knowledgeable, dedicated and talented engineers across Europe. Our services cover the whole life cycle of space programmes from early concepts to operations.

    Our Space Division provides a dynamic, supportive and friendly atmosphere in which you are encouraged to lead with initiative. We support new ideas from our colleagues and are focused on innovation. Moreover, we actively manage your professional development, training and career progression.

    We are looking for a Ground Segment System Engineer to work at EUMETSAT (Darmstadt, Germany).

    The services will initially cover the system and interfaces engineering activities by contributing to the routine operations of the MSG, EPS and Jason-2/3 operational programmes and contributing to multi-mission systems. In the frame of support provided by the TSS Department to the development of new programmes, the tasks of the Contractor will then gradually evolve to provide also service to the future programmes (as they become operational), in the area of ground segment system engineering and, in particular, interfaces definition.

    The Contractor shall contribute to maintaining the overall system design documentation of the existing and future systems and multi-mission elements (MME’s). When evolutions of these systems are proposed and implemented, the Contractor shall analyse them and verify the system and interfaces coherence.

    In the role of service to the maintenance and evolution activities of the operational programmes (MSG, EPS, JASON), the tasks of the Contractor shall include:

    Contribute to the System Requirements Definition process and/or maintaining existing requirements baselines

    Contribute to the maintenance, for all the operational ground systems, of a complete and consistent set of System Technical Documentation and the baseline

    Contribute to the creation of System Engineering models of Ground Systems using an MBSE approach and/or maintaining existing model baselines

    Perform technical analysis of system architecture and specification evolutions or major upgrades of the operational ground systems, for interfaces coherence and compatibility check with other ongoing developments

    Contribute to the IV&V testing approach for major evolutions of the operational ground systems and contribute to the co-ordination of the installation, integration and verification of new systems into the operational infrastructure

    Contribute to the various OPS & TSS Projects and associated reviews, as required, providing System Engineering support during the design phase and contribute actively to the definition of the IV&V activities

    Contribute to the assessment of Engineering Tasks providing System Engineering expertise to CRB’s and ARB’s

    Contribute to the impact analysis of ICT evolutions in operational systems

    Contribute to the analysis, investigations and resolution of system and ground segment level anomalies

    Provide expert inputs to the SEP System Engineers on all related activities as requested

    Contribution to the OPS regular coordination processes as requested

    In the role of services to the development of new EUM programmes (MTG, EPS-SG), the tasks of the Contractor shall include:

    Participate to the description of the system architecture and interfaces between external systems and the mission specific elements of the ground system

    In coordination with the system and interface engineers of the future ground segment, ensure that the definition and documentation of new interfaces are compatible with the methodology used in Operations; this includes the use of common templates for Interface Control Document and the use of the same tool for maintaining the interfaces data dictionary

    Provide support to the definition of the IV&V approach for the future ground systems

    For the development and maintenance of ground segment systems, EUMETSAT applies an engineering method which is to be followed by the Contractor. This implies participation in daily coordination meetings and daily technical reporting via EUMETSAT tools. The engineering method is continuously improved and communicated to the Contractor.

    Essential requirements:
    Knowledge and experience with the following types of activities is considered essential for the service team (three people). Note: not every team member needs to have knowledge of every aspect, but rather the team has to demonstrate the ability to perform the full set of activities. There is a ramp up phase planned where more knowledge on the systems will be transferred to the engineering service team.

    Experience in the analysis of systems applications and modelling

    Experience in the field of Systems Engineering and architectural design for ground segment systems

    Capability to prepare system requirements and design documents, and to perform system-level analyses for complex satellite-based systems

    Experience of writing technical requirements (preferably to ECSS standards)

    Experience of interface management and definition.

    Familiarity with mechanisms and tools for detailed interface definition

    Capability to prepare and manage ICD

    Use of modelling and design languages for System Engineering (e.g. SysML) and tools in support of architectural design activities (e.g. Vitech CORE, Enterprise Architect)

    Knowledge of space and ground system engineering processes, and system and software life-cycles and standards

    Experience in Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) methods, techniques and tools

    Definition, management and traceability of requirements structure with the support of dedicated tools (e.g. DOORS)

    Experience in Integration, Verification and Validation (IV&V) of complex systems

    In addition, for the accomplishment of the listed tasks, the team shall possess knowledge and experience in the following of the two mandatory domains, and minimum of four of the other following areas:

    Mandatory: Satellite monitoring and control systems (including Flight Dynamics and S/C Simulator aspects)

    Mandatory: Data processing


    Archive systems

    Ground Stations

    Computer systems

    Network systems

    IT Security

    Desirable requirements:
    It would be an advantage for the service team to have knowledge and/or experience with some of the following:

    Full development cycle of large systems, from the definition of requirements to system design and testing

    Configuration Control processes and tools

    Familiarity with the ECSS standards

    INCOSE System Engineering certification (CSEP/ESEP), or comparable systems engineering certification.

    Other Information

    Start date is October 2018

    The tasks of the Contractor will be carried out at EUMETSAT facilities in Darmstadt nominally three days per week.

    Travel within Europe may be requested for certain activities

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    CompanySCISYS Deutschland GmbH
    Contact nameKiri Wood
    AddressEuropaplatz 4
    Phone0049 6151 428530
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