Spacecraft Operations System Engineer (m/f)




Required Start Date

December 2017



Submission Deadline


20th October 2017


ESTEC - Noordwijk/Netherlands

Technical Requirements


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

Spacecraft Operations System Engineer

for our customer ESTEC  in Noordwijk/Netherlands.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be: 


The primary areas of responsibility for this service consists 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.


The service will be primarily assigned to 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 program.


The general activities to be provided by this service are (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.

Academic Requirements


A University degree in a relevant discipline is required.

Specific Requirements


The candidate needs to show proven experience in the following fields:

  • 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;
  • Coordination with other service providers in operations (team player);
  • Interaction with other European Agencies (GSA) and service providers in operations;
  • Ability to work independently.

Additional skills and experience would be a plus:

  • 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.


Perfect command of English, verbal and written.


Background information



A permanent employment contract.

Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.

Career path.




In line with security requirements of the Galileo mission the candidate shall be a national of an European GNSS PSI Participant.

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 20th October 2017 to:


Andrée Scherschel (

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