System Operations Engineer (Mission Performance Team) - (17-13-059)

Job Description

We are looking for a Systems Operations Engineer for our client EUMETSAT. You shall be part of the Mission Performance Team and support the current Ground Segments (MSG Ground Segment, the EPS Overall Ground System (‘OGS’), and Copernicus/Sentinel-3 Ground Segment), as well as their evolution and future programmes. Your main tasks will include:


  • System operations in a real-time operations environment
  • End-to-end operations monitoring
  • User messaging systems configuration and operation
  • Configuration of event monitoring and end-to-end monitoring systems
  • Monitoring infrastructure configuration and operation
  • Multi-mission element and infrastructure operations
  • Mission Performance System Evolutions for existing and new programmes, in particular for EPS-SG and Jason-CS.

This position comprises a range of tasks including support for the routine operations of the LEO & GEO ground segments, as well as their evolution to include new programmes and system operations. You will be responsible for the definition and/or maintenance of the routine operations procedures pertaining to mission performance operations and the interfaces of the key systems within the ground segment, in accordance with the established EUMETSAT
Operations Department configuration management and quality assurance practices.

As part of the operations evolution, you will be responsible for the re-design and evolution of the mission performance systems to support existing and new programmes. You will acquire and maintain a System-wide view of the MSG System, the EPS CGS and OGS, and Copernicus/Sentinel-3, particularly in the areas of system end-to-end monitoring & control and data flows.

You will review any planned changes to the mission performance system configurations for LEO and GEO ground segments, and support the investigation of anomalies encountered through the routine system and ground segment operations.

You will support the development and operations preparation for recurrent satellites in existing operational programs (e.g. Metop-C and MSG-4), and for future operational programs currently in development (including Sentinel-3, MTG and EPS-SG).

You will interface with project teams on the implementation of system upgrades to support major operations projects, including System Mid-Term Evolution Plan, recurrent satellites, and any System hardware and operating system obsolescence upgrade.


Required Skills and Experience

  • A university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant technical discipline
  • At least three years experience in the following:
    • End-to-end operations preparation and routine system operations of Geostationary (‘GEO’) and Low Earth Orbit (‘LEO’) satellite systems in a real-time spacecraft operations environment
    • Operation and configuration of end-to-end monitoring and reporting systems for (Earth Observation) data processing ground segments
    • Definition, development, integration and verification & validation of ground segment and mission data monitoring systems
  • Stand-by and call-out support will be expected.


Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Recent experience of the following, in an operational context, would be a distinct advantage:
    • Procurement phases for new programmes
    • Configuration and monitoring using NAGIOS/OP5
    • Software and system testing
    • Definition and analysis of operational user requirements
    • Using configuration management systems
    • Windows & Unix / Linux operating systems
    • Web server administration
    • Shell/HTML/PHP Scripting and XML
    • Database Management and SQL
    • Integrated Development Environments such as Eclipse

Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany


Start of Work: August 2017

Application Deadline: 15 June 2017

Important Notes

Before applying to this position, please read the page How to Apply.
Applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid work and residence permit in Germany.
Security, identity and reference checks on the candidates are part of the recruitment process.

Job Application

Please send your applications electronically to before the application deadline 15 June 2017.