Head of Satellite Ground Segment Division (Based in Germany)

UMETSAT - the European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites – headquartered in Darmstadt, Germany, is an intergovernmental organisation. The missions of EUMETSAT are as follows:

  • The primary objective of EUMETSAT is to establish, maintain and exploit European systems of meteorological satellites, taking into account as far as possible the recommendations of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
  • A further objective is to contribute to the operational monitoring of the climate and the detection of global climatic changes.

The “raison d’être” of these missions is to supply weather and climate-related satellite data, images and products and support services – 24 hours a day, 365 days a year – to the National Meteorological Services of the EUMETSAT Member States and other users worldwide. As a trusted partner, EUMETSAT also support EU COPERNICUS program and is in charge of the development and the operations of some Sentinels and Copernicus services.

The Satellite Ground Segment (SGS) Division is part of the Technical and Scientific Support (TSS) department. The mission of TSS is to provide coherent and cost-efficient technical, scientific, project control and costing support to the development and operations of satellite systems and to provide process assurance and ICT support to all departments.

The Head of this division is principally focused on leading and managing a large team in charge of designing, developing, delivering and maintaining the EUMETSAT satellite ground segments for both in development and in operation missions. A key objective is to deploy a multi-mission approach of the EUMETSAT satellite ground segment and put in place a “as a Service” mode of this business layer of EUMETSAT infrastructure that also includes Direct Broadcast, Regional services and third-party data projects The divisions gather EUMETSAT expertise in the corresponding fields (system engineering for SGS, ground station network and radio frequency expertise, monitoring and control systems, data processing). The Division is a key stakeholder of the update and monitoring of the associated short-, mid- and long-term roadmaps of the EUMETSAT Ground Segment Governance. The Head of Division reports directly to the Director of TSS.

Duties

Manage the Division, in accordance with its Mission Statement, which is to:

  • Promote, develop and deliver “as a service” coherent multi-mission ground segment system solutions, within the EUMETSAT Satellite Ground Segment Governance, with the goal to ensure a high operational availability of the EUMETSAT services whilst containing risks and costs and simplifying maintenance;
    • Establish and maintain an overall reference ground segment architecture for EUMETSAT for all functional areas (ground stations and external interfaces, satellite and ground segment monitoring and control, data processing except IT and data dissemination infrastructures);
    • Secure the long-term maintainability of the satellite ground segment systems, including the management of the corresponding industrial contracts;
    • Plan, design, implement and integrate verified upgrades of the related functions/systems and infrastructure, in response to the new or evolving requirements of Programme Preparation and Development Department (PRD) and Operations and Services to Users Department (OPS), providing a single reporting to these entities;
    • Plan, design, implement and deliver verified solutions for Direct Broadcast, Regional services and third-party data projects in response to new or evolving requirements.
  • Establish and implement EUMETSAT engineering processes, design methodologies and supporting tools and the establishment and tailoring of engineering standards within EUMETSAT;
  • Propose and promote relevant standards and commonalities in the field of project definition and development for system and ground segment;
  • Represent EUMETSAT in the relevant area of responsibility at technical and standardization bodies, including ECSS;
  • Implement all Frequency Management and Coordination activities within/for EUMETSAT and voice EUMETSAT interests in regulatory or user fora dealing with access to frequency spectrum;
  • Develop maintain and make available technical expertise and know-how (in the area of responsibility) required to support the definition, development, validation and operations of EUMETSAT satellite ground segments including Direct Broadcast, Regional services and third party data projects systems and services meeting these requirements;
    • Provide support to development programmes and to operations for project definition and development for system and ground segment;
    • and evolution of the related functions and infrastructure, including the management of the corresponding industrial contracts. This shall be achieved by further developing the industrial basis for the work, defining and monitoring of short-, mid- and long-term roadmaps including innovation.

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience managing and developing highly secured satellite ground segments a high-availability environment requiring the delivery of real-time services with SLA and cost KPIs;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and coordinate large engineering teams, including management of projects, performance and development of key skills and knowledge;
  • Experience of specification, testing, validation and operation of complex satellite ground segments;
  • Experience of implementing successful changes in an operational environment;
  • Proven experience of the procurement and management of large-scale industrial contracts for systems and technical support;
  • Experience liaising with international space-industry partners, space agencies and user communities would be advantageous;
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication skills (both written and verbal) including demonstrated experience in writing technical documents and the ability to synthesise complex technical concepts for presentation to non-experts.

Employment Conditions

The initial contract will be of 4 years’ duration, with subsequent 5 year contracts being awarded thereafter, subject to individual performance and organisation requirements. There is no limit to the amount of follow-up contracts a staff member can receive up to the EUMETSAT retirement age of 63 and there are certainly opportunities to establish a long career perspective at EUMETSAT.
This post is graded A4/A5 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 9207 per month (net of internal tax) which may be negotiable on the basis of skills and experience. The salary scale provides for increments on the anniversary of taking up employment, and scales are reviewed by the EUMETSAT Council with effect from 1 January each year. In addition to basic salary, EUMETSAT offers attractive benefits. Further information, including salary details, is available on the EUMETSAT web site.

EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women.
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.

About EUMETSAT

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.)

About EUMETSAT

EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.)

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EUMETSAT
Publiceret: 31. oktober 2022

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Darmstadt, Germany