Spacecraft Operations Engineer

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EUMETSAT is Europe's meteorological satellite agency - monitoring the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

Working for EUMETSAT, you can make a world of difference and be a part of something that makes a positive impact on society. You will be at the cutting edge of satellite technology, with a meaningful role in an organisation focused on space-based observations of the Earth's weather and climate.


EUMETSAT operates a fleet of ten Earth Observation satellites in Low Earth and geostationary orbits and is preparing for the launch and operations of six next generation satellites in the period 2020-2025, including the three first Meteosat Third Generation (MTG_I and MTG-S) satellites.

Within the Flight Operations (FLO) Division and reporting to the MTG Sounding (MTG-S) Spacecraft Operations Team Leader, the MTG-S Spacecraft and Sentinel-4 Operations Engineer supports the operations preparation and the operations of the MTG-S spacecraft (MTG-S1 and S2), focusing on the Sentinel-4 instruments.

What you'll be doing

Support the integration of the MTG ground segment facilities supporting flight operations in particular for the Sentinel 4 instrument (e.g. satellite simulators, mission control and mission planning systems) and ensure the exchange of relevant information between the MTG development teams and the Flight Operations Division;

Contribute to the specification, development/procurement, verification and validation of the MTG operational tools, in particular those needed for the conduct of Sentinel 4 operations and interfacing with relevant Ground Segment facilities;

Support MTG space segment and system reviews to ensure correct implementation of operations requirements related to the Sentinel 4 mission;

Support operations preparation for the MTG-S satellites, including support to development of Flight Control Procedures, Mission Information Base, Telemetry display pages and user guides, as well as System Validation Tests, Operational Scenario Validation and Operations rehearsals;

Support the definition, preparation and execution of Sentinel 4 and MTG commissioning activities and the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP);

Participate in the definition and execution of training and operational rehearsals for MTG operations personnel, in particular for the Sentinel 4 mission;

Support Meteosat spacecraft operations, including maintenance of operational procedures and databases, anomaly investigations and participation in on-call support;

Interface with the MTG development programme, ESA and Space Segment industry as required especially in the area of Sentinel-4;

Deputise for the MTG-S Spacecraft Operations Team Leader as required.

What we offer

Excellent salary, of up to Euro 7500 / month NET (after tax) based on skills and experience;

Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;

Full medical coverage for employee and family;

Attractive pension;

30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;

Training and development support;

Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).


University degree or equivalent in aerospace engineering or other relevant discipline.

Skills and Experience:

Successful proven professional experience in the field of satellite operations, gained during operations preparation and/or routine operations of a complex space system;

Demonstrated experience in development and maintenance of software packages or tools for the operations and analysis of scientific payload data;

Knowledge of satellite system design and/or of satellite monitoring and control principles for safe and efficient operations;

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven ability to apply these to interactions within a team and between teams including the ability to detail and synthesise technical concepts in formal documents and verbal presentations;

Professional experience in fields such as satellite payload systems or scientific instrument operations is considered an advantage.

More about us

EUMETSAT's role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT can recruit nationals only from the 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom).
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