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NOC Planning Officer (m/f)



Network Operations Centre (NOC)

Required Start Date




Submission Deadline

17th January 2018


ESA/ESOC - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


LSE Space is looking for an experienced professional (m/f) in order to fulfill the duty of: 

NOC Planning Officer

for our customer ESA/ESOC  in Darmstadt/Germany.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be: 


For our activities in the European Space Agency, we are currently seeking to employ a highly motivated and enthusiastic Planning Officer to work in an exciting innovative international environment


The role will be part of a newly established Network Operations Centre (NOC) tasked with coordinating, configuring and monitoring activities related to the ESA ground segment, specifically the Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) stations of the ESTRACK ground station network.

The NOC is responsible for providing 1st and 2nd line support to the ESA space missions and its users.

It provides Ground Operations, Operational IT and Operational Control Centre services and acts as single point of contact for real-time service requests from ESTRACK customers.

The planning team is responsible for the schedule of all operational activities including ground station usage and other activities affecting operations at ESOC.


Main responsibilities


The main tasks of the Planning Officer will be:

Supervise the Scheduling office, responsible for:

  • Routine planning and automation;
  • Re-planning;
  • Load & capacity analysis;
  • Compile support requirements;
  • Manage support requests to third parties;
  • Real-time scheduling changes;
  • Maintain planning procedures and documentation;
  • Maintain planning tool configuration and support the evolution and deployment of new versions;
  • Maintain the scheduling website;
  • Setup and run load analysis;
  • Reporting;
  • Incident handling;
  • Support of LEOP (launch and early orbit) activities;
  • Support the management of the operational services;
  • Providing training for junior team members;
  • Act as an interface to the customer.

Academic Requirements

A University degree in engineering, physics, or software domains is required.


Specific Requirements


Ideal candidate

Applicants require a University (or similar) degree in engineering or similar applicable discipline or related extensive work experience.

You will require good professional experience in end-to-end ground station systems required for spacecraft operations.


You will possess the following qualities: 

  • Solid experience with planning and scheduling in an operational environment;
  • Solid experience in end-to-end ground station systems for spacecraft operations;
  • Fluent in English, both in speech and writing;
  • Self-starter, able to work independently with little or no supervision;
  • Pro-active and confident personality with good persuasive skills;
  • Team-player, able to interface with technical and management personnel;
  • Well-organised, able to prioritise and manage several tasks in parallel;
  • Able to work on shifts occasionally;
  • Solid IT knowledge, including Linux, networking concepts and common tools and software applications;
  • Service mentality and solid understanding of a KPI driven service environment;
  • Able to write and present documentation, procedures and training material/presentations;
  • Experience in coordination and supervision of teams;
  • PC literacy: MS Office Products, Lotus Notes.


Background information



Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.


Travel frequency: Few European missions during service duration




In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.


You are looking for a challenging position in a very interesting, international environment? Then send your application preferably by online (including CV and cover letter) not later than 17th January 2018 to:


Liliane Bromberg Carvalho (

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