Spacecraft Operations Engineer (m/f)



Copernicus Sentinel Spacecraft Operations

Required Start Date

Between July 2018 and Q1/2019



Submission Deadline

April 15th 2018


EUMETSAT - Darmstadt

Technical Requirements


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

Spacecraft Operations Engineer-SOE

for our customer EUMETSAT in Darmstadt/Germany.

 For our activities at EUMETSAT, we are currently seeking to employ highly motivated and enthusiastic Operations Engineers (SOE) to work in an exciting innovative international environment.

You will be integrated into the Sentinel Spacecraft Operations Team, led by the Copernicus Sentinel Spacecraft Operations Managers, within the Flight Operations Division of the Operations and User Services Department.

The SOE Team will provide service to the Sentinel Spacecraft Operations Team, led by the Copernicus Sentinel Spacecraft Operations Managers, within the Flight Operations Division of the Operations and User Services Department.

The Copernicus Satellite Operations Engineering Team shall be involved in the operations of all Sentinel 3 and 6 spacecraft, and all related ground segment and operational services, in the various operational scenarios including S3A/B/C and S6A/B in either routine, operational scenario testing, or commissioning.

The primary responsibilities of this role will be:

The Copernicus Satellite Operations Engineering Team shall contribute to:

• Prepare for, and execute all relevant Copernicus Sentinel routine operations in a SCOS2000 environment, as well as preparing for the recurrent satellite handover activities;

• Perform the maintenance, validation and documentation of the space segment assets update;

• Interface with all other flight operations teams such as the MCS, mission planning, FDF, but also with external operational entities or services;

• Operate all satellite and FOS/PDGS/PDAB components aspects related to operations engineering for the platform, payload and instrument, including data handling, instrument parameter, OBSW maintenance, as well as FDIR and OPS security aspects;

• Plan and schedule the satellite operations in coordination with the others teams;

• Continuous monitoring of Spacecraft performance and status;

• Participate to anomaly investigation and resolution;

• Reporting and analysis of the satellite system performance;

• Proficiency training of the Engineers using the space and ground segment simulators;

• Ensure the on-call operations engineer rotation, such that safe and efficient operations are ensured by the Spacecraft Operations Team on a 24/7 basis.

The related tasks for this operations team shall include as a minimum the following contributions:

• Space segment activity planning/scheduling/uploading;

• Maintenance of space segment and/or recovery from anomaly;

• Maintenance of the set of operation procedures and documentation including the update and operational validation of procedure and database using MOIS and DABYS;

• Raising and tracking of Anomaly Reports, including investigations into subsystem level anomalies and regression testing of associated fixes. This may require a close co-operation with the Post Launch Support office at ESTEC and the satellite Industry;

• Ensure the relevant subsystem performance analysing, trending and reporting on a routine basis using Chart and other available tools and notify team in case of unexpected behaviours;

• Develop , validate, maintain specific tool/script identified from operational needs;

• Preparation and presentation of Operations training to the Control Centre Team;

• Participation in any necessary meetings and reviews with external partners;

• Interactions with Simulator and training officer, for team proficiency training, rehearsal and simulation;

• Prepare for, and execute the on-job training;

• Participate to commissioning reviews and commissioning operations to ensure smooth handover from ESOC;

• Participate in Satellite Progress Meetings and ad’hoc reviews and contribute to resolution of associated actions.

• Interactions with mission planning, controller teams, ground segment system operations teams,

• Identification and preparation of procedure updates required for the operations of A and B satellite;

• Participate to the team shift, and on-call operations engineer rotation, such that safe and efficient operations are ensured by the Spacecraft Operations Team on a 24/7 basis;

• Contribute as required to dual satellite operations build up;

• Participate to CHART project development, encompassing:

o The coordination of additional routine update requests for CHART reports from FCT members;

o The updates to weekly CHART report in line with L1 performance report template;

o The coordination and implementation of CHART reporting widgets as requested by FCT members;

o The review of CHART documentation, e.g. database structure and ingestion definition;

o Contribute to update of CHART maintenance guide from FCT user perspective.

Academic Requirements


Applicants require a University (or similar) degree in engineering, physics or similar applicable discipline.

Specific Requirements

 The Key person shall have experience in at least two of the following mandatory skills, with a particular emphasis on relevant systems of their work assignment relevance.

Specific Requirements

• Experience of Spacecraft Operations on Low Earth Orbit (LEO), 3-axis stabilised spacecraft with responsibility for one or more platform subsystems or instruments during operational validation, commissioning or routine operations phases;

• Experience of SCOS2000 mission control system and use of the MOIS operations preparation tool;

• Experience in satellite performance monitoring and reporting aspects including anomaly analysis and solving in liaison with satellite industry, procedure change control and configuration management processes;

• Experience in the operation or development of satellite ground segment facilities, in particular procedure development, monitor and control, mission planning, on-board software management, performance analysis, configuration management and simulator facilities.

Furthermore, it would be a distinct advantage for the Key person to have experience with some of the following:

• Specification of space system and operational concepts, facility requirements;

• Familiarity with On-Board Control Procedure and On-Board Position Scheduler concepts;

• Familiarity with the ECSS Packet Utilisation Standard, customisation and usage;

• Familiarity with system change control and configuration management procedures;

• Data analysis software packages such as MATLAB;

• File parsing languages such as PERL, AWK;

• Use of VBA for development of ad-hoc tools in MS Office applications.

Strong data analysis, processing and synthesis skills are essential and an ability to recognise opportunities for improvements in areas of work and implement appropriate solutions is highly desirable.

All Copernicus SOE team members shall be able to conduct all operations in an orderly and disciplined manner, and shall work calmly and correctly under stress.

The official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person shall be able to work effectively in this language and have knowledge of the other. Good communication skills would be also an advantage.



Background information



Competitive salary plus a comprehensive benefits package.




Note: All applicants must hold a current valid work permit for Germany or be EU nationals.


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 April 15th 2018 to:


Daniel Gestal (

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