Data Systems Manager

Application deadline
Lundi, novembre 19, 2018
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RHEA Group is currently recruiting a Data Systems Manager (DSM) for OPS-GD to work at ESOC. The DSM manages Mission Data Systems (MDS), which include 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
    • 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:

  • You have experience with Engineering service in the domain of Service Provision Data Centre or Advanced Software
  • You have experience in development and maintenance of Mission Data Systems
  • You have experience in Service Provision Data Centre and Advanced Software Applications development
  • You have experience with MDS project and documentation
  • You have experience in coordinating and interacting with other service providers in operations and other fields.
  • You are independent in working on own tasks
  • You have a team spirit
  • You are able to interface with several different areas/people in ESOC
  • You are capable to establish and maintain good working relationships with Industry and FCT
  • You have experience with development and maintenance of big software projects
  • You have experience with requirements management (knowledge of tools, e.g. doors)
  • You have a good knowledge of ESOC infrastructure (Scos-2000, SIMSAT, Egos MPS, EGS-CC)
  • You have a good knowledge of ESOC operational environment
  • You have a good knowledge of Spacecraft (especially for the SIM)
  • You have a good knowledge of Standards (Engineering and Quality)
  • You are aware of the technology trends and interest in R&T
  • You are fluent in English (spoken and written)

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • You have a good knowledge of the METERON systems, in particular MOE and MOPS.
  • You have a good knowledge of CCSDS Mission Operation (MO) Services, ESA GSTVi systems and dtn.
  • You have experience dealing with external interfaces.
  • You are familiar with MDS coordination.
  • You are able to multi-task efficiently.


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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