Mission Planning Operations Engineer

Application deadline
Thursday, January 23, 2020
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You will have the opportunity to be involved in mission planning operations for all missions, both operational and developing, and to deliver services supporting the routine operations of current missions (EPS, Sentinel-3, MSG) and the preparation for routine operations of future missions (EPS-SG, Sentinel-6, MTG).

Tasks and Activities
  • Performing routine, on-call, and contingency scheduling tasks using the mission planning facilities.
  • Liaising with external entities in order to fulfil joint operations requirements and maintaining documentation concerning this.
  • Responding to mission planning related anomalies and operational contingencies.
  • Performing monitoring of the mission planning systems according to working practice, generally by running system checks to spot any system anomalies or errors.
  • Raising, monitoring and steering the lifecycle of mission planning related anomaly reports (ARs) and non-conformance reports (NCRs). Supplying context and analysis to support the investigation of anomalies.
  • Participation in any necessary meetings and reviews (long-term scheduling, schedule consolidation, anomaly review boards, etc.).
  • Defining the mission planning operational implementation (rules, database configuration, etc.) and maintaining a detailed understanding of the space and ground segment operational needs that are met through mission planning.
  • Updating and rolling out of new versions of the mission planning operational implementation following approved configuration management procedures.
  • Maintaining mission planning documentation such as the user guide, operational implementation document, joint operations document, ICDs, and any other operational documentation.
  • Supporting the Operations Preparation Integrated Team (OPIT) in the development and procurement of the mission planning application software and any related tools (developing missions only).
  • Participating in reviews concerning the mission planning system, interfacing facilities and associated tools, throughout the procurement life-cycle (developing missions only)
  • Contributing to the definition of any changes to the supplied mission planning application software or to in-house supporting software that could lead to performance and/or ergonomics improvements. Contributing to the process of implementing such changes by raising of engineering change proposals and change requests internally within EUMETSAT.
  • Participating in the installation of the mission planning application software and related tools at EUMETSAT if required. Verifying the installation.
  • Contributing to the operational validation of new versions of the mission planning software, including testing of AR/NCR correction, new functionality and non-regression. This may include participating in factory or on-site acceptance testing and related activities at facility and system level. If necessary, creating and executing test procedures to support this activity. Analysing & reporting on test results, in particular with respect to requirement verification and validation.
  • Training of personnel in mission planning, on-call and routine scheduling tasks.
  • Performing routine scheduling tasks at the BUCC in support of periodic or emergency activations.
Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • You are fluent in English (level C1).
  • You have relevant experience in the field of mission planning operations.
  • You have a University degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline.
  • You have knowledge of the principles of satellite monitoring and control.
  • You have experience in the field of mission planning, gained during the operations and/or development of GEO and/or LEO satellite systems.
  • You have experience of LEO and/or GEO spacecraft operations, preferably gained in an operational control room environment.
  • You have some evidence of software technology skills in programming languages such as Java (or similar language), on LINUX/UNIX and/or MS Windows.
  • You are able to work in a clear, structured manner, calmly and correctly under stress, with a minimum of supervision.
  • You have experience of working proactively within a small team.
  • You have the ability to detail and synthesise complex technical concepts in formal documents and verbal presentations.
  • You have evidence of personal initiative and action orientation in professional experience.


The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • You have experience with some of the following:
    • Experience in the production and maintenance of mission planning operational rules using a Java-like Business Rules Management System (e.g. JBoss Drools or ILOG Rules).
    • Experience of LEO or GEO mission planning system specification, development and procurement.
    • Experience of AIV related activities (test procedure generation, requirements verification and validation, etc.), preferably in the field of space mission planning systems.
    • Practical experience with Software Version Control Systems (e.g. CVS, SVN or Git) and Software Configuration Management Systems (e.g. Serena Dimensions).
    • Some knowledge of CCSDS standards applicable to Mission Planning scheduling operations (e.g. Simple Schedule File Format Specification) and applicable Cross-Support standards.
    • Practical experience with the Linux/Unix operating system (user command level).
    • Working experience with relational databases and sql, preferably involving Oracle.
    • Experience of working with files in XML format, including XML file edition, schema validation and related tools (Oxygen and/or XMLSpy).
    • Experience of managing small teams in a technical environment (SLM role only).

Preference will be given to candidates eligible for an EU or national personal security clearance at the level of CONFIDENTIAL or above.


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