Galileo Spacecraft Operations System Engineer (17-23-077)

Job Description

We are looking for a Spacecraft Operations System Engineer to support our client ESTEC, in Noordwijk, The Netherlands. You will be working mainly in the System Operations Engineering of the Galileo First Generation but with the possibility of supporting other missions (e.g. Galileo Evolutions projects) within the Galileo programme. The primary areas of responsibility consist in spacecraft operations engineering activities and monitoring of all operations activities executed by the Galileo Operator, including the different phases of operations preparation, validation and execution. 

Your general activities will include (depending on the phase of the mission): 

  • Support Space Segment (SSEG) engineering activities to ensure operability, in particular compliance of space segment products with operations requirements, including new On-Board SW versions, user manuals, flight procedures, etc. Production of segment operability requirements for new s/c or new s/w releases, also based on lessons learned and in-flight anomalies, operational improvements, as provided by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and its Galileo Service Operator (GSOp).
  • Technical coordination of FOC Satellite manufacturer activity in support to corrective maintenance (i.e. generation of OBSW upgrades)
  • Technical coordination of the ESA involvement in the Operations anomalies handling, non-conformance handling and technical configuration control boards processes in liaison with the GSA and its Operator.
  • Support the GSA in the evaluation and execution of all operations activities executed by the Galileo Operator, ensuring the preparation, validation and execution of operations and plans.
  • Follow-up of special operations, with particular attention but not limited to anomaly resolution cases, including evaluation and reporting of proper execution of spacecraft and mission operations.
  • Supervision of technical coordination between in-orbit space segment maintenance activities (performed by ESA SSEG) and operational validation of maintenance products (performed by GSOp) including OBSW patches or new SW versions.
  • General Flight Control Support Service (including participation to System Compatibility Test Campaigns) and Spacecraft Performance Analysis as required.
  • Contribute to the definition of the System Level Operational concepts and requirements for the next generation of Galileo Satellites along with the interfaces with the ground infrastructure and associated External Interfaces for the different project phases.
  • Participation to Galileo related review panels, evaluation boards, as required.


Required Skills and Experience

  • Significant Experience in operations preparation and execution (including LEOP / Commissioning & In Orbit Testing and Routine phases).
  • Significant experience in Spacecraft subsystem (AOCS /Data Handling /OBSM) and operations engineering.
  • Significant experience in system operations engineering to ensure spacecraft operability in particular the compliance of space segment products with operations requirements in the area of new On-board SW developments, related user manuals and flight operations procedures.
  • Significant experience in the coordination of Operations anomalies handling, non-conformance handling and technical configuration control board processes
  • Experience with integrated planning processes dealing with system and service operations, constellation and mission operations, ground infrastructure deployment and maintenance activities.
  • Ability to carry on activities and interact in a complex teamwork environment in a timely manner.
  • Fluency in English, both speech and writing.
  • Coordination with other service providers in operations (team player).
  • Interaction with other European Agencies (GSA) and service providers in operations.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • 2 European missions per month.
  • On-call support when necessary.
  • Security clearance.


Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience in Spacecraft subsystem ( Power/ Thermal/ TTC/ Payload).
  • Familiarity with the Galileo Operations environment.
  • Familiarity with satellite control systems (including SCOS-2000).
  • Familiarity with Service KPIs.
  • Familiarity with Ground Segment Deployments, integration and operational validation.
  • Familiarity with ground station control processes and scheduling.
  • Familiarity with operational simulators.
  • Familiarity with ESTEC environment.


Work Location

Noordwijk, Netherlands



Start of Work: December 2017

Application Deadline: 27 October 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 27 October 2017.