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Data Systems Engineer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

Serco Nederland BV,/ Serco Services GmbH, part of the Serco group, A FTSE250, Multi-national Service Provider with over 50,000 employees worldwide.

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, where we are the largest on-site service provider with ca. 300 staff.

We currently have an exciting opportunity for two Data Systems Engineers based at ESOC.

Role Responsibility

The main duties of this post will be to support the deployment, validation and operations of SSA applications, developed in the context of industrial activities.

Setup, configuration and management of DEVOPS environment for SSA systems, including automation of application deployment solution.

On-Site software development for ad-hoc R&D projects, innovation tasks, Lab projects.

The duties of this post will include:

* Automating CI/CD processes;

* Providing training in the usage of CI/CD, container orchestration and DevOps tools;

* Developing release approaches using automated, containerized deployment techniques

* Developing automation scripts, daemons, and APIs to reduce manual steps

* Analysing root causes of issues and provide corrective actions

* Evaluation of new tools and techniques to drive efficiencies

* Managing cloud infrastructure services and accounts

* Evolving system and application monitoring infrastructure

Additional tasks include (but are not limited to):

* Specification and management of software requirements

* Running the MDS software development and maintenance projects

* Deployment, testing, configuration etc.

* Support to the mission’s critical (and routine) activities

* Organisation of Software Support (SWS) on-site & environment preparation

* Perform the role of Software Coordinator

* Documentation and system reviews

* Support to regular progress meetings

* Support to 3rd Party and special projects

* Support the definition of the technical and organisational setup of the service, including SLA and costing

* Coordinate the in-house and industrial data systems team

* Assume the data system architect role for special projects

* Support to study, innovation and standardisation

* Prepare proposals

* Run approved studies or innovation works

* Support ESA as a member of international Standardisation working groups

* Support Quality Management and actively contribute to improve internal processes and tools

The Ideal Candidate

The successful candidate should have the following skills and experience:

Essential for the position is the following:

* University degree in a related subject;

* Development and maintenance of Mission Data Systems;

* Demonstrated experience applying DevOps tools and techniques;

* Agile/SCRUM experience;

* Software Engineering;

* Project Management;

* Requirements Management (and tools like DOORS);

* Knowledge Engineering and Quality standards;

* Engineering experience in Service Provision Data Centre and Advanced Software Applications development;

* Good knowledge of MS Office Suite and common standard applications;

* Good communication skills;

* Strong interpersonal skills, self-motivation and ability to work in a team;

* Fluent spoken and written English;

* Documentation skills and experience;

* Leadership skills/experience;

* Negotiation skills;

* Cultural awareness;

The following is desirable:

* Knowledge of the SSA systems, specifically in the area of Space Weather;

* Knowledge of advanced application deployment and automation solutions (containers, Chef);

* Knowledge of public/private cloud environments

* Knowledge of the ESOC infrastructure/operational environment;

Documents required:

 Please upload your CV in Europass format (see blank form attached).



Any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing documents to verify your identity and employment eligibility, as required by law.

Applicants are reminded that they will be requested to produce such documentation during the recruitment process.

Please contact a member of the recruitment team if you require further details of acceptable types of documentation required for verification of identity and work authorization. 

For positions located within the Darmstadt Support Office please note that only applicants with no family affiliation within the Company will be considered.

Data Protection:

When creating a profile on the Serco Career Centre you agreed to the Data Protection policy, a copy is available upon request.

You may submit a written request revoking your consent to this agreement at any time.

Package Description

Highly competitive salary 

Corporate Benefits Package 

Relocation Assistance (if applicable)

Further information available from the Serco Europe Recruitment Team

Start date: 01/03/2019

About the Company

Serco is one of the world’s largest providers of public services, employing over 50,000 people in over 20 countries.

We work closely with the European Government Institutions & Space Agencies providing crucial Services with over 300 staff members.

The services we provide are often of critical importance to the communities and nations we serve, Providing public services is one of the most satisfying and rewarding careers you can have, you have an ability to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and to your community and country.

As a business which delivers “front-line” public services, employing tens of thousands of people, we are constantly developing and promoting people; our need for skilled professionals is insatiable and few companies can offer as many opportunities for individuals to grow their careers

What connects the ever growing Serco workforce is a passion for delivering great service – To keep ahead we have to constantly evolve and enhance the way we deliver our services and everyone in Serco has a role to play here.

Serco provide the right environment to encourage ideas and a comprehensive Best Practice support network that enables them to put their ideas into action.

If you share our values then join with over 50,000 colleagues globally who are equally as passionate about delivering great service as you

A career with Serco offers the chance to work with both inspirational people and innovative contracts, in a dynamic and exciting environment.

We have a mandate to execute brilliantly and our people lead and inspire based on our core values, Trust, Care, Pride and Innovation.

Take pride in what you do.

Serco European Agencies

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