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Payload Data Ground Segment Design and Implementation Support

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Job Introduction

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.

In anticipation of a project award Serco are currently looking for a Payload Data Ground Segment Design and Implementation Support  based at  Darmstadt, Germany.

Role Responsibility

This activity is intended to support the whole Payload Data Ground Segment implementation cycle, covering:

  • the system requirements definition phase
  • the architectural design and elements requirements definition phase
  • the implementation plan definition phase
  • the Elements Industrial Procurement phase
  • the PDGS Integration and Validation testing phase
  • the System Validation Phase
  • the Commissioning phase

Tasks / Activities

The following tasks shall be performed by the Engineer:

  • Support the preparation of the PDGS Mission Implementation Plan  
  • Contribute to the PDGS design phase through the generation of the PDGS Design Documents (PDGS System Requirements Document, PDGS System Architecture Document, PDGS Operations Concept Document, Interface Requirements Documents, Sub-Systems High Level Requirements)
  • Support to the preparation of the PDGS Sub-Systems implementation documentation
  • Coordination of the acceptance by the PDGS Project of any Customer Furnished Items (CFIs)
  • Coordination of the acceptance by the PDGS Project of the PDGS Sub-Systems
  • Generation of technical notes whenever needed during the Project lifetime
  • Participation to Ground Segment Reviews
  • Support the PDGS Project Manager in evaluating the results of the PDGS Integration and Validation testing activity
  • Support the PDGS Project Manager in the participation to the System Verification tests

Successful Candidate

The ideal candidate should bring the following skills and experience:

  • University degree or equivalent qualification, preferably in Remote Sensing and Earth Observation
  • Project management experience, preferably in the field of Earth Observation Ground Segment Development
  • Knowledge of the Earth Observation missions (and instruments) and processes related to their PDGS development would be an asset.
  • Knowledge of relevant Engineering standards , e.g. ECSS
  • Experience with requirements Management tools e.g.  Rational DOORs or similar
  • Knowledge of relevant Engineering standards
  • Ability to write technical documents and converse in English
  • Good communication skills and ability to work in international teams



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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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