• Company: EUMETSAT
  • Job Location: Noordwijk - Netherlands
  • Date: May 24, 2019 13:20
  • Employment Type: Any
  • Experience: senior
  • Job Functions:


Job summary

This post supports the cooperation with ESA on the space segment for the EUMETSAT Polar System - Second Generation (EPS-SG) / Metop - Second Generation (Metop-SG) programme.

Job description

After an initial introduction phase at EUMETSAT, the duty station will be in the ESA establishment in the Netherlands (ESTEC, Noordwijk). The post holder will report to the ESA Metop-SG Project Manager as a member of the established joint Single Space Segment Team (SSST) whilst maintaining close coordination with the EPS-SG Programme Manager in EUMETSAT.

 Up until the end of commissioning of both proto-flight model satellites (2024) of Metop-SG, the duty station will remain at ESTEC, Noordwijk, Netherlands and may be then moved to the EUMETSAT Headquarters afterwards


  • Represent EUMETSAT in the Single Space Segment Team (SSST) for technical and programmatic aspects;
  • In the role of Deputy Project Manager for Metop-SG, assist and report to the ESA Metop-SG Project Manager;
  • Support the ESA Project Manager in the implementation of the Metop-SG satellite development activities, including management of industry partners;
  • Coordinate all matters related to the Space Segment and the deliverables exchanged between EUMETSAT and ESA (Launcher Interfaces, Customer Furnished Item (CFI) instruments, Simulators, Databases, etc.);
  • Provide technical expertise on the satellite requirements and performance;
  • Maintain regular reporting and coordination with the EUMETSAT EPS-SG team to ensure coherence of satellite and system development activities;
  • Coordinate programmatic activities relating to EUMETSAT CFI instruments, as required in the frame of the satellite preparation activities;
  • Provide technical support to the launcher interface definition and evolutions;
  • Support the definition and implementation of the launch campaigns of the satellites;
  • Support the preparation and execution of the Launch and Early Operations Phase (LEOP);
  • Support the preparation and execution of the Satellite In-Orbit Verification and Commissioning activities;
  • Support the definition and monitor the execution of the satellites’ storage activities;
  • Follow-up the health status of the in-orbit satellites and organise support from Industry as required (e.g. anomalies, complex operations, etc.);
  • Ensure that in-orbit experience is taken into account for the preparation of the recurrent satellites;
  • Support to EPS Third Generation definition phase.


  • University degree in an engineering discipline or equivalent.
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.


A minimum of ten years professional experience in Space Segment engineering, procurement and management, preferably in the frame of an Earth Observation satellite development programme;

Excellent interpersonal skills with proven ability to apply these to the interactions with teams having different or conflicting interests;

Proven ability to understand/synthesise complex issues and appreciate conflicting interests;

Capability to propose the steps necessary to control risks and guide critical decisions.




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 8047 per month (net of internal tax) which may be negotiable based on 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 opportunity 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 based on their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of 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 and Cooperating 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.)

The closing date is 25th June 2019.

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