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Copernicus Spacecraft Operations Engineer

Job Introduction

Are you fascinated about Space? Do you have a proven experience as an Operations Engineer and system level knowledge and expertise of platform and optical payloads?  You could be our new Copernicus Spacecraft Operations Engineer. Come and join talented diverse Serco team at the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT) based in Darmstadt, Germany. 

Serco is among the leading Space Industry and Services Companies. Serco’s space heritage over the last 40 years has placed us in the Space News Top 50 Space Industry Manufacturing and Services Companies - We work alongside EUMETSAT and the European Space Agency, our employees have been providing everyday their technical, scientific and management skills to support the full range of European cornerstone space missions.


Role Responsibility

As Copernicus Spacecraft Operations Engineer you will concentrate your activities on the following:

Beside the routine operation of the Sentinel-3 A/B satellites, you will be involved in the preparation and early operations phases of the Sentinel-3 C mission.

Your major role in team are the operations of the Sentinel 3A and 3B satellites and the relevant system, platform and instrument.

  • Maintain the corresponding operations documentation and flight procedures.
  • Perform trending and performance analysis on the corresponding subsystems and instruments.
  • Investigation into satellite anomalies.
  • Participation in satellite on-call support rota.

In order to challenge your skills and experience, you will contribute to the mission's success by:

  • Identification and support to the implementation of system and process improvements in the team.
  • Develop and validate Sentinel-3's innovative set of operational tools.
  • Support the systems and operations preparation of the Sentinel-3 C and the upcoming CO2M satellite.

Successful Candidate

Do you think you are the person we are looking for? See below what experience or knowledge you should bring:

  • Proven experience as an Operations Engineer.
  • System level knowledge and expertise of platform and optical payloads.
  • Experience with pre-launch, development activities combined with the exposure to SVTs, operations validation, etc.
  • Experience with mission control systems.
  • Familiarity with On-Board Control Procedures and On-Board Scheduler concepts.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering or any other related area.
  • Minimum of five years in satellite operations and are well familiar with what it takes in operations preparation.
  • Proven experience in software engineering to support satellite operations.
  • Satellite mission controls systems for LEO satellite systems, especially SCOS-2000.
  • Experience in Earth Observation Missions would be a plus.



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Package Description

What we offer if you join our amazing team:

• Competitive Salary 

• Corporate Benefits Package 

• Exciting relocation package​ (if applicable) 

• Company events

About the Company

Why should you join Serco ?

At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play.

Meaningful and vital work - You’ll contribute to methodologically intercepting challenges whilst achievements will also be recognised and celebrated.

A world of opportunity - You’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression

Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team who believe passionately in the value of our work.

What we offer

  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Permanent employment with comprehensive Serco Benefits package.
  • Pension

About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play when managing complex public services.  

We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 


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