EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.
EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.
As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.)
Reporting to the Meteosat Spacecraft Operations Manager in the Flight Operations Division, the MTG-S Spacecraft Operations Team Leader will first lead the spacecraft operations preparation for Meteosat Third Generation (MTG-S) sounding satellites, working in close coordination and sharing resources with the MTG-I (imaging satellite) Spacecraft Operations Team Leader.
After the launch, he/she will lead MTG-S flight operations and support coordination with flight operations of other Meteosat satellites.
Lead the MTG-S spacecraft operations preparations activities, including:
Production of all relevant plans, procedures and manuals regarding system verification & validation, operations, rehearsals, training, etc.;
Review and acceptance of MTG-S flight operations plans / manuals;
Validation of MTG-S operational databases and generation and validation of MTG-S flight operations procedures;
Support to MTG-S satellite-system and ground segment validation testing;
Participate in the specification, development or procurement, follow-up, verification and validation for all the tools necessary to complete the operational validation of both types of MTG satellites and the MTG system and ground segment;
Support the MTG development programme on all matters relevant to operations preparation for the MTG-S mission, including implementation and validation of the system operations concepts, and, as required, liaison with ESA, the satellite prime contractor, the LEOP and commissioning teams;
Support the integration and the exchange of technical information between the MTG development programme and the Flight Operations Division for the various MTG-S flight control ground segment facilities (e.g. Satellite simulator, Mission Control system, Multi mission facilities for planning, monitoring and performance analysis);
Support the Meteosat Operations Manager in the preparations of relevant operations teams for readiness for MTG-S launch, commissioning and operations, and in coordinating the phase-in of the MTG-S mission with ongoing Meteosat routine operations;
Lead flight operations of MTG-S satellites, and support coordination with flight operations of other Meteosat Second and Third Generation satellites;
Deputise for the Meteosat Spacecraft Operations Manager as required.
SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
Significant experience in spacecraft operations and/or operations preparations, at coordination/team-leader level, preferably in an international environment.
Knowledge of system engineering standards and methodologies relevant to operations of space systems;
Demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas is necessary:
- Routine operations of geostationary satellites;
- Preparation of operations of a complex satellite system, preferably an Earth observation satellite system;
- Spacecraft design and assembly, integration and test;
- LEOP and Commissioning Operations;
- Knowledge of Satellite system design and Monitoring & Control principles;
- Ability to demonstrate a clear understanding of the implications for future routine operations of decisions taken during the development phase;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven ability to apply these to interactions within a team and between teams;
- Experience of project or team or technical coordination/management;
- Ability to understand and synthesise complex issues, to express ideas and issues clearly (i.e. analysis, synthesis and presentation skills).
The initial contract will be of 4 years’ duration, with subsequent 5-year contracts being awarded thereafter, subject to individual performance and organisation requirements. There is no limit to the amount of follow-up contracts a staff member can receive up to the EUMETSAT retirement age of 63 and there are certainly opportunities to establish a long career perspective at EUMETSAT.
This post is graded A2/A4 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 5,612 per month (net of internal tax) which may be negotiable based on skills and experience. The salary scale provides for increments on the anniversary of taking up employment, and scales are reviewed by the EUMETSAT Council with effect from 1 January each year. In addition to basic salary, EUMETSAT offers attractive benefits. Further information, including salary details, is available on the EUMETSAT web site.
EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women.
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited based on their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.