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EPS-SG Ops Prep for Databases and OBS in End-to-End Operations

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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 an EPS-SG Ops Prep for Databases and OBS in End-to-End Operations based at EUMETSAT.

Role Responsibility

The successful post holder will provide support to the EPS-SG Ops Prep Integrated Team (OPIT) in the Low Earth Orbit Division (LEO) at EUMETSAT and be involved in the development of the operations of the EPS-SG system. This will include general Operations Preparation aspects and will focus on the end to end operations related to on board software management and databases. The end to end responsibility will also include the supervision of the development of the related satellite flight control procedures.

The activities will cover Operations Preparation for multi-satellite operations and coordination tasks focusing on on-board software (OBSW) tools and end to end procedures. The end to end OBSW responsibility will also encompass the coordination of the development of the satellite operation procedures. Furthermore the ideal candidate shall also be responsible for Metop-SG Databases delivered to EUMETSAT. This will include databases for both Mission Control Operation (MCO) and Payload Data Processing (PDAP) ground segment components.

The successful candidate will perform the following tasks:

  • Manage the OBSW images delivered to EUM and maintain adequate configuration of the OBSW tool in coordination with the Ops Prep satellite team. This, with the objective to ensure harmonisation of the management on ground and on board of the images.
  • Produce the OBSW Ops Guide and related operation procedures.
  • Responsible for the end to end operational concept to manage reference and characterisation Databases being delivered to EUMETSAT. This also includes operational interfaces with industry.
  • Define for each type of Database its life cycle and configuration control for operation usage. This will also imply the definition of Operations Department (OPS) documentation, procedures and working practices.
  • In charge of the development of the Satellite Operational Database based on the Satellite Reference Database and OPIT inputs.
  • Manage the Operational Database against changes to successive Satellite Reference Databases deliveries.
  • Provide a single interface within OPIT for the Satellite and Instrument Characteristic Databases and support FDF and PDAP experts for their respective Databases.
  • Contribute to OICDs with external partners with respect to OBSW and Databases items.
  • Manage Ops Prep database editor tool and OBSW tool environments.
  • Contribute to the setting up of the OPS Configuration Management (CM) tool to manage satellite and ground configuration control.
  • Coordinate the needs for operational configurations of the OBSW tools, procedures and Databases for a multi ground segment environments (OPE, VAL, ENG) and multi-satellites.
  • Provide services to the MCO and PDAP ground segment development teams as Ops Prep representative with respect to OBSW and Databases interfaces and tools.

The Ideal Candidate

In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline, the key person shall have a demonstrated experience of at least three years in the field of spacecraft and ground segment operations with specific experience as follow:

  • Satellite operation preparation and routine operations phases;
  • OBSW maintenance expertise with good knowledge of Configuration Management
  • (CM) processes for both ground images and on-board memory management;
  • Satellite Databases management in the frame of the operation preparation phase;
  • Experience on Operation Preparation tools such as procedure editor and databases management tools;
  • Familiarity with the definition of operational interfaces and interactions with industry or external partners.

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

  • Knowledge of the ECSS E-70-41: Telemetry & Telecommand Packet Utilisation standard;
  • Knowledge of the mission control systems SCOS and OBSM application;
  • Knowledge of the mission control systems SCOS MIB and SCOS MIB editors (e.g. DABYS);
  • Knowledge of SQL and database management tools; o Some programming and scripting skills would also be an asset.

The  successful candidate shall be self-motivated and able to work in an organised and efficient manner without supervision.

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.

The official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person must be able to work effectively in this language and have knowledge of the other.

Good communication skills would be also an advantage.



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

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Package Description

Highly competitive salary 

Corporate Benefits Package 

Relocation Assistance (if applicable)

Further information available from the Serco Europe Recruitment Team

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.

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