· Manage the Copernicus Operations Preparation Team integrating cross-organisational resources dedicated to the CO2M mission.
· Lead the EUMETSAT contribution to the design and development of the Copernicus CO2M routine Operations, in partnership with ESA, covering tasks to:
o Develop Joint Operation Plans with development partners and other external entities, in coordination with the EUMETSAT Operations Department;
o Coordinate the development and operational validation of System operations procedures and timelines;
o Manage the validation of operational scenarios, coordinate activities, teams and schedules for timely delivery of the operations baseline;
o Serve as the focal point for coordination with the ground segment development and System Verification and Validation teams for aspects related to the operations;
o Support space segment development and AIT campaigns for aspects related to the operations, identifying the needs and constraints of these operations
o Achieve the required maturity of operations preparation at project milestones;
· Support System in-orbit commissioning, for the first and recurrent satellites;
· Follow-up and coordinate operability aspects of ground segment developments, to ensure safe and efficient operations;
· Support the CO2M System team for requirement traceability to Operations and concepts.
Skills and experience
· Extensive experience in the field of satellite and ground segment operations and/or operations preparation;
· Experience in leading and coordinating teams of engineers in the field of satellite operations or operations preparation;
· Experience of working in a multi-partner programme;
· Experience in space to ground interfaces and end-to-end system data flows;
· Experience performing spacecraft monitoring and control operations, preferably using SCOS-based systems and applying relevant standards (e.g. the Packet Utilisation Standard);
· Knowledge related to implementation of file-based operations concepts.
· Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to apply these to the interactions with teams having different or conflicting interests;
· Proven ability to understand, synthesise and complex issues.
Applicants must submit their CVs in English
Salary and benefits
· Excellent salary, in excess of 7,500 Euro (Net / after deductions) based on skills and experience
· Flexible working time including additional days of flexi-leave
· 30 days paid annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays
· Full medical coverage for family
· Attractive pension
· Training and development support
· Relocation allowance for international applicants
EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency, operating satellites that monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful.
At EUMETSAT, you can make a world of difference and be a part of something that makes a positive impact on society. You will be at the cutting edge of satellite technology, with a meaningful role in an organisation focused on space-based observations of the Earth’s weather and climate.
EUMETSAT currently operates a fleet of nine Earth observation satellites in low Earth and geostationary orbits for its own purpose and on behalf of the European Commission’s Copernicus programme, comprising four Meteosat Second Generation, three Metop, two Copernicus/Sentinel-3 and one Copernicus/Sentinel-6 spacecraft.
In addition to preparing for the launch of next-generation Meteosat and Metop satellites and recurrent Sentinel-3 and -6 satellites, EUMETSAT is also involved in the development of the Copernicus Sentinel-4 and -5 missions in cooperation with ESA, focusing on ground segment and system activities, and will be the operator of these missions. With the same focus, EUMETSAT is now contributing to phase A/B studies for future high priority candidate Copernicus Sentinel missions, in particular a Carbon Dioxide monitoring mission (CO2M).
EUMETSAT is also preparing to contribute to the processing of global ocean and atmospheric data from the CRISTAL and CIMR polar region candidate monitoring missions.
Within the Copernicus Mission Development (CMD) division, the Operations Preparation Manager is responsible for the management of EUMETSAT’s contribution to the specification, design and validation of the CO2M operations baseline and system operations procedures. At the time of hand-over of the CO2M System to routine operations, i.e. at the end of commissioning of the first CO2M satellite, the Operations Preparation Manager will join the Operations and User Services Department.