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Operations Engineer for ESA Missions

Job Introduction

At Serco, we strive to promote and enable the diversity, development, wellbeing and safety of our people. We understand that healthier, happier employees go hand-in-hand with strong business performance, enhanced productivity and better outcomes for those we serve. We want everybody who works for Serco to have a positive experience and access to opportunities to develop in their chosen careers.

Serco Italy has a long history of providing Earth Observation operations, maintenance and front-end services to ESA. To provide continual service improvement, Serco has recently introduced a special focus on evolution and innovation, with the aim of supporting ESA in further evolving the services and products.

Does working in a Serco environment sound appealing to you?

We would love to hear from you and your interest in the new opportunity of Operations Engineer for ESA Missions in Frascati !

Does this vacancy not suit your profile? Not to worry, you can send your updated CV to careers.italy@serco.com – a member of our Recruitment Team will come back to you shortly after.


Role Responsibility

Are you looking to secure a career in a public sector environment? We would love to hear from you! 

As Operations Engineer you will be responsible for: 

  • Overall end-to-end realtime  monitoring and operations for ESA Earth Explorers Live Missions, ESA Heritage Missions, ESA Third Party Missions
  • Investigate and understand root causes for issues in operations
  • Watch carefully for operational problems by studying performance results and systems functioning and ways to apply improvements to optimize processes
  • Develop corrective actions to solve the operations issues
  • Support the startup and integration of new operations projects
  • Create scripts enabling the automation of standard tasks
  • Managing system and application incidents in order to fixing the system and to restore the service as soon as possible
  • Managing system and application problems in order to locate the underlying root causes to prevent incidents from reoccurring
  • Software Change and Release Management
  • Software Integration and validation activities
  • Software Installation and operational verification
  • Data Transformation (i.e. conversion to standard Satellite formats)
  • Ensure the Satellite Data Dissemination to end users
  • Establish, document and maintain operational procedures    
  • Collect, analyze and summarize engineering and operating trends and data    
  • Acquire and analyse customer needs and problems, making recommendations for new developing solutions    
  • Generate ideas for innovating managed applications 
  • Contribute to the continuous evolution of the managed applications
  • Regular interaction with technical, applications and operational staff to ensure systems integrity and security
  • Application monitoring and alarm analysis
  • Interface with third party suppliers
  • Technical notes editing support
  • Generation and maintenance of Operational Procedures and work instructions
  • Execute regular application maintenance activities

In return, we offer a friendly, supportive and professional environment that respects your work/life balance and ultimately contributes to the delivery of public services in Italy and around the world.

Successful Candidate

Technical Skills: 

  • Excellent knowledge of Linux shell scripting
  • Very good Linux knowledge (mainly Red Hat, but not limited to)
  • Good knowledge of Python programming
  • Good knowledge of the Java Suite 
  • Good knowledge of HTML and XML
  • Good knowledge of Docker and Kubernetes technologies
  • Good Knowledge of DBs technology: MySQL,ORACLE,PostgreSQL,SQL
  • Good knowledge of Apache
  • Good knowledge of Tomcat
  • Good knowledge OpenLDAP 
  • Good Networking knowledge
  • Good English Technical Writing 
  • Familiarity with Storage technologies
  • Familiarity with Cloud technologies
  • Familiarity with ESA ECSS standards
  • Requirements Definition and Analysis
  • Project Planning 
  • Reporting 
  • Knowledge of Satellite products standards is an asset

Personal Skills:

  • Fluent in English Language (both written and spoken >=B1)
  • Good communications skills
  • Capacity of working in team
  • Capacity of achieving schedule and milestones
  • Capacity of working under pressure
  • Proactive problem solving attitude
  • Ability to work in a team and to share and acquire knowledge
  • Willingness to travel abroad for short-term periods

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE (minimum requirements)

  • 2 years of experience in programming and scripting
  • 2 years of experience in ESA infrastructures 


  • ITIL Certification (V4)
  • English Certification (≥ B1)



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. 

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

Joining Serco Italy’s amazing team offers:

  • Competitive Salary 
  • Great career opportunities in the Space industry
  • Competitive Salary
  • Corporate Benefits Package
  • Support provided to EU Nationals requiring relocation – Information available upon request
  • Company events
  • International environment

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.

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 60,000 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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Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.

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