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Spacecraft Post Launch Engineer

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Job Introduction

Serco is a specialist at delivering vital services on behalf of European, National and Local Governments.

Serco Europe employ’s a large workforce in Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Spain, Italy and the UK.

Our European operations have ca. 2,000 employees delivering critical services to public institutions throughout Europe. 


Role Responsibility

For our activities in ESA/ESTEC, we are currently looking for three Spacecraft Post Launch Engineers.

As a Spacecraft Post Launch Engineer you will be in charge of the following:

  • Coordinate the internal & external support to PLS (ESA Project Team, TEC experts, Mission Analysis & System Support, Industry);
  • Coordinate with the ESA Project Team (were relevant) to exchange technical status on the flying- and non-flying satellite(s), identifying coordination issues of relevance and following them to conclusion;
  • Support & represent PLS at the regular (weekly) Operations Boards;
  • Support the Operations Team(s) by providing or facilitating responses to technical support requests from either the Flight operations Segment (FOS) or Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS);
  • Maintain & distribute the PLS On-Call lists to the FOS (& other parties where relevant) in a timely manner;
  • Support the Mission Manager and his/her team by providing technical advice related to issues of Satellite(s) performance;
  • Support the Project Team(s) by providing timely & pertinent feedback on any issue detected in-flight with potential impact on satellite(s) still under development;
  • Provide specific technical expertise to support Performance Monitoring, Analysis & Optimisation tasks and Anomaly Investigations, with overall aim to improve mission quality and/or lifetime;
  • Preparation of Technical Documentation, such as Reports, Technical Notes and other requested documentation;
  • Review and synthesis of Technical Reports and documents produced by Industry, and extraction of relevant technical information for use in generation of PLS Performance metrics and reports;
  • Organise and chair the 6-monthly In-Orbit Performance Reviews in cooperation with the Industrial Prime contractor, including associated follow-up activities (eg administration, actions follow up etc);
  • Respond to Anomaly Warnings received from the Flight Operations Segment (FOS) in an appropriate & timely manner, providing support and facilitating the necessary follow-on actions.
  • Supporting and leading complex investigations that arise as a result of satellite performance and anomalies, ensuring adequate coordination with involved partners (MM, FOS, Industry, Project, Management);
  • Preparing, coordinating & following-up on engineering requests for the Industrial contractors in support of Anomaly Investigations and other technical analyses;
  • Supporting & co-chairing (if required), the meetings of the Satellite Configuration Control Board (CCB);
  • Supporting Satellite Decommissioning & Disposal activities as required by Mission status;
  • Monitoring, tracking and reporting the status of activities performed by the Industrial contractors in support of the PLS function (technical, commercial and schedule status);
  • Preparation of Commercial Documentation, such as Statement of Work and other requested documentation;
  • Reviewing commercial payment requests & the associated justifications submitted by Industry (regular milestones or as result of ad-hoc Cost Reimbursement activities);
  • Participation in Meetings & Reviews as PLS representative;
  • Bring innovation to satellite performance analysis by investigating emerging technologies that enhance the ability for early detection of performance trends and deviations.
  • Maintaining the relevant PLS technical records, databases & documentation in accordance with established procedures;
  • Maintaining a regular (weekly) reporting & coordination with the PLS Manager.

The Ideal Candidate

  • University degree in a relevant Engineering discipline;
  • Minimum 10 years of experience and a significant background in one or more of the following domains: Satellite Operations, Spacecraft Development (including Project Engineering, Equipment/Subsystem Procurement, Assembly Integration & Test)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience working as a System Engineer or with a System Coordination function in any of the above domains;
  • Good understanding of the Satellite Phase E2 Routine Operations Organisation and the typical activities performed;
  • Good understanding of the factors affecting the short- and long-term performance of Satellites and their main subsystems or payloads;
  • Proven experience & ability at working in an environment with multiple external interfaces
  • Good at working in a team and a proactive attitude to solving problems.
  • Direct experience working on either Sentinel-1, 2, 3 or 5p satellites or their payloads would be of some minor benefit.




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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

Full details on application.

Relocation assistance provided (if applicable).

About the Company

Serco Services GmbH, part of the Serco group, A FTSE250, Multi-national Service Provider with over 60,000 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.

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 60,000 colleagues globally who are equally as passionate about delivering great service as you

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