Data Systems Manager

Application deadline
Lundi, juin 1, 2020
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RHEA Group is a growing international company, focusing on providing innovative, market-ready solutions and services in our key sectors of Space and Security for both commercial and institutional customers. We employ over 500 staff working across 10 different countries. We work with distinguished clients such as the European Space Agency, EUMETSAT, NATO, European Commission, Canadian Government and national space agencies.

When you work for RHEA, you will have the opportunity to work alongside some of the best talented minds and experts in our industries, either working at our clients sites on some of the most exciting space missions or on cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data  and ground systems within our own offices.

To attract the best candidates, RHEA offers our employees competitive remuneration packages, unique career opportunities, individualised training and development programmes and local relocation support to take the stress out moving to another country or city. We are recruiting now. We understand your concerns during this period of a global pandemic and we will work with you, at your pace ensuring your questions are answered and maximum flexibility is offered.

We are currently looking for a Data Systems Manager to work in the beautiful city of Darmstadt, Germany.

The DSM manages Mission Data Systems (MDS), which include specific software applications for the domains of Space Weather, Near Earth Objects and Space Surveillance and Tracking of the Space Safety programme. It also covers Mission Control System, Mission Planning System, Operational Simulators, Service Provision Data Centre and Advanced Software Applications.

Tasks and Activities
  • Development and Maintenance of Mission Data Systems
    • Specification and management of Software Requirements
    • Contractual and technical work for the start of a new MDS project
    • Running the MDS software development and maintenance projects
    • Support the Management and perform ESOC internal activities related to MDS (deployment, testing, configuration etc…) according to ESOC internal processes.
  • Support to Mission’s critical activities
    • Organisation of Software Support (SWS) on-site & environment preparation
    • Role of Software Coordinator
  • Support to missions during the whole lifetime
    • Review of MIRD and contribution to MIP
    • Definition of external and internal interfaces
    • Contribution to the SFIRD, GSSRD, GSSTP and review of SGICD
    • Support to Ground Segment Reviews
    • Support to regular progress meetings with Project and ESOC team
    • Support SVT/SOVT/E2E tests and in general FCT activity
    • Support mission closure and retirement of SW and HW items
  • Support to 3rd Party and Special Projects
    • Support the ESA service manager in defining the technical and organisational setup of ESA service, including SLA and costing
    • Interact with ESA external 3rd party entities (e.g. EUD, GSA, DLR, NASA, …) under agreement of TR
    • Support ESA from data systems perspective towards external entities, in particular to recommend agreement on technical and organisational interfaces
    • Coordinate the in-house and industrial data systems team
    • Interact with companies of new member states in preparation process for new activities
    • Assume the data system architect role for special projects which are not based on reference architecture of ground segments for missions (such as SSA, METERON, IAP)
    • Contribute to bring OPS-GD and Data Systems perspective in collaborative projects with other ESA entities, in the context of special projects and future missions (e.g. NAV, TEC, HRE)
    • Coordinate the in-house developments of MDS for small missions
  • Support to study, innovation and standardisation
    • Prepare proposals
    • Run approved studies or innovation works
    • Organise and coordinate joint projects with other agencies in the context of standardisation (e.g. interoperability testing, prototyping)
    • Support ESA as a member of international Standardisation working groups
  • Other tasks
    • Support tasks at division level
    • Support Quality Management and actively contribute to improve ESOC internal processes and tools.
    • Support to OPS-GI infrastructure activities
Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • University in the relevant domain
  • Demonstrated experience applying good DevOps principles
  • Experience with Agile Scrum methodology
  • Good knowledge of API-driven, extensible, loosely coupled systems
  • Good knowledge of automation, security, stability and scalability in private and public cloud environments.
  • Hands-on experience in using and operating Docker and container orchestration technologies such as Kubernetes and Helm, as well as build systems such as Gitlab-CI, Jenkins, Automation technologies (in particular Chef)
  • Team spirit
  • Attitude to share information
  • Cooperative attitude with team members (rather than competitive)
  • Ability to capture the bigger picture and the system context
  • Communication skills
  • Capability of adapting to circumstances
  • Openness and reliability
  • Independence in working on own tasks
  • Leadership
  • Negotiation capabilities
  • Ability to interface with several different areas/people in ESOC
  • Capability to establish and maintain good working relationships with Industry and SSA Segment teams
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in software engineering
  • Experience with development and maintenance of big software projects
  • Experience in requirements management (knowledge of tools, e.g. doors)
  • Knowledge of SSA systems
  • Knowledge of ESOC infrastructure
  • Knowledge of ESOC operational environment
  • Knowledge of Standards (Engineering and Quality)
  • Awareness of the technology trends and interest in R&T
  • Fluent spoken and written English

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Knowledge of the SSA systems, in particular in the area of Space Weather.
  • Knowledge of advanced application deployment automation solutions (containers, Chef) and public and private Cloud environments.


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