Project Planning Engineer (17-13-078)

Job Description


We are looking for a Project Planning Engineer for our client, EUMETSAT. You will join the EPS-SG Ground Segment Team (or the Jason CS Project Team, as requested) for planning and scheduling aspects. Your tasks will typically include (but not necessarily be limited to) the following:

  • Maintain a detailed development logic and schedule of the EPS-SG Ground Segment (or Jason-CS System and Ground Segment, as requested):
    • Including all the subsystems and services, consistently with overall programme constraints, and in coordination with the relevant EUMETSAT teams, contractors and partners.
    • Ensuring that the corresponding development logic and schedule remains at all times consistent with programme constraints.
    • Performing a critical path analysis of each version of the schedule.
  • Follow-up subsystems developments and participate in necessary meetings and reviews.
  • Track progress against agreed development plans and Interaction Documents and signal any likely or identified deviations from these plans, together with the elaboration of proposals to reduce the impact of any delays.
  • Provide inputs to the EPS-SG Ground Segment (or Jason-CS System and Ground Segment, as requested) Plans concerning the development logic, schedule and interactions.
  • Provide regular summary reports on development progress against the development schedule and the status of interactions.
  • Identify interactions between subsystems and partners/contractors and associate them with main development milestones and work breakdown structure. Prepare and maintain Interactions Documents, defining interactions between subsystems, together with their need dates. Interactions will cover such areas as:
    • Deliverables: hardware, software, databases, documentation, algorithms, test data sets, tools, configuration statuses.
    • Support: mutual review support, joint test and operational rehearsals preparation and execution, test data analyses
    • Access to: services, sites, facilities, infrastructure and interfaces.
  • Manage the configuration of EPS-SG Ground Segment (or Jason-CS System and Ground Segment) Schedule and Interactions Documents versions, as requested.
  • On request, provide support on planning activities within LEO on other activities such as EPS-SG System ones.
  • These activities will involve day-to-day interactions with EUMETSAT teams, and interactions with external stakeholders.
  • Travel within Europe may have to be undertaken.


Required Skills and Experience

  • You shall be able to analyse complex situations and development schedules, identify critical areas and produce accurate and concise analyses, recommendations and synthesis.
  • You shall be able to fulfill the service autonomously, be able to plan your work and to cope with tight schedules and multiple tasks and work in a rigorous way to agreed deadlines.
  • You shall be willing to work with a team of engineers and in cooperation with industry and partner agencies.
  • A University degree.
  • At least 3 years' experience performing project planning activities preferably on large and complex development projects in the aerospace (or similar) domain.
  • Demonstrated ability to define system development logic, lifecycle and schedules and successfully implement them.
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the technical aspects of system components and their development constraints.
  • Proficiency with MS-Project.


Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Certification in project management or in project management disciplines.
  • Knowledge of Quality Assurance procedures and processes.
  • Experience of Earth Observation systems and/or Ground Segment development.


Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany


Start of Work: January 2018

Application Deadline: 20 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 20 October 2017.