Infrastructure & Communications Systems Operations Engineer – Germany

  • Thorn SDS
  • Infrastructure & Communications Systems Operations Engineer – Germany

Infrastructure & Communications Systems Operations Engineer - Darmstadt, Germany

Are you looking to develop your space operations experience in an “out of the ordinary” environment?

Darmstadt, Germany

Salary Negotiable

Overview of Role

Thorn SDS is seeking a keen and ambitious Systems Operations Engineer (Infrastructure & Communications) to join our dynamic team based at EUMETSAT in Darmstadt, Germany. This role requires the knowledge and skills to professionally interface and support our client’s infrastructure and communications team with a number of key programmes.

As we gear up for the launch of 7 new satellites and the commissioning of 4 ground stations in the next 4 years, we are looking for individuals with a passion for space systems and operations. If you thrive in an environment that is anything but ordinary, we invite you to be part of our exciting journey.

The languages of the workplace are English and French. The working language on this Mission is English so you must be able to communicate effectively, in a fast paced, highly technical environment.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Supporting the Control Centre Working Group (CCWG) for planning the current and future GEO and LEO control centres and support rooms.
  • Supporting the Operations Business Continuity (BC) Project, implementation of ECPs and update of operational documentation.
  • Supporting the Technical Infrastructure Building (TIB) Project.
  • Supporting the Facility Working Group (FWG) Project.
  • Participating in the OPS MMIN implementation.
  • Supporting the bi-monthly COMMS ARBs as OPS user representative and acting as coordination point for all communication scheduled activities across all the operations programs.
  • Supporting the weekly GEO CSM ARB ARBs as OPS user representative.
  • Acting as the GES/ICT representative for RSO.
  • Maintaining MSG Usingen RMCC — BSCC operational set-up.
  • Rationalising the Fucino BMCC

What you need to join us:-

  • Experience in system operations, preferably in LEO or GEO space missions, and/or ground segments.
  • Proven track record of anomaly investigations and solutions that minimise service interruptions.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Operations Management, Information Technology, or a related field
  • Experience in operations, preferably with exposure to control centre planning, business continuity projects, technical infrastructure, and facility management
  • Proven experience in leading or supporting projects related to control centre planning, business continuity, technical infrastructure, and facility working groups.
  • Familiarity with GEO (Geostationary Earth Orbit) and LEO (Low Earth Orbit) control centres and support rooms.
  • Experience with V&V of operational systems/procedures to ensure minimal impact on routine operations.
  • Exposure to technical standards such as ECSS, CCSDS, OGC.
  • Familiarity with UNIX, LINUX, and VMWare.
  • Experience with System and Ground Segment Operations Preparation, ideally for GEO and LEO programs.
  • Experience in implementing Emergency Continuity Plans (ECPs) and updating operational documentation.
  • Ability to assess and address issues related to control centres, facility management, and technical infrastructure projects.
  • Ability to work collaboratively within the Control Centre Working Group (CCWG) and cross-functional teams.
  • Excellent communication skills to facilitate coordination across various projects and working groups.
  • Proficient in writing accurate and consistent engineering documents/reports in English.
  • Experience training operational staff in systems and/or operations.

If you are passionate about space operations, have a solid background in system engineering, and thrive in a fast-paced, highly technical environment, we invite you to join Thorn SDS on this exciting mission.

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Tel: 01420 540240 / 07739 32195


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