Post Launch Support Engineer

Location: Noordwijk, Netherlands Location: Application deadline: 21 June 2024 Reference number: 2056
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Are you looking for a new opportunity to take your career to a higher orbit? To join an international group with a successful track record in Space Engineering? A job adapted to your career ambitions and in which you could have an impact for the years to come?

We are looking for a Post Launch Support Engineer to work on-site ESA’s ESTEC base, or at our Starion offices, in The Netherlands.

In this role you will support the Sentinel Post Launch Support function for all aspects of satellite performance monitoring, satellite maintenance and analysis during ESA EOP missions in Phase E2 and to fulfil the related day-to-day support activities.

About the client and location

The European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) is the European Space Agency’s (ESA) base in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. As ESA’s largest test centre, it is responsible for the majority of space technology and spacecraft development through varying phases of production.

Tasks and activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Coordinating the internal and external support provided to PLS (ESA Space Segment Development team, TEC experts, Mission Analysis & System Support, Industry Primes).
  • Providing specific technical expertise to support performance monitoring, analysis and optimization tasks and anomaly investigations, with the overall aim to improve mission quality and/or lifetime.
  • Supporting the Operations team(s) by providing or facilitating responses to technical support requests from either the Flight Operations Segment (FOS) or Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS).
  • Responding to Anomaly Warnings received from the Flight Operations Segment (FOS) in an appropriate and timely manner, organizing and chairing Anomaly Review Boards (ARBs), coordinating Industry support and facilitating the necessary follow-on actions.
  • Supporting and leading complex investigations that arise due to satellite performance and anomalies, ensuring adequate coordination with involved partners.
  • Maintaining and distributing the PLS On-Call lists to the FOS (and other parties where relevant) in a timely manner.
  • Supporting the Space Segment Development team(s) by providing timely and pertinent feedback on any issue detected in-flight with potential impact on satellite(s) still under development.
  • Coordinating with the ESA Space Segment Development team (where relevant), to exchange the technical status on the flying and non-flying satellite(s), identifying coordination issues of relevance and following them to conclusion.
  • Reviewing and synthesizing technical reports and documents produced by Industry and extracting relevant technical information for use in the generation of PLS Performance metrics and reports.
  • Organizing and supporting the biannual Satellite In-Orbit Performance (SIOP) Technical Meetings in cooperation with the Industrial Prime contractor, including associated follow-up activities (e.g. administration, actions follow up).
  • Preparing, coordinating and following-up on engineering requests for the Industrial contractors in support of Anomaly Investigations and other technical analyses.
  • Supporting satellite decommissioning and disposal activities as required.
  • Monitoring, tracking and reporting the status of activities performed by the Industrial contractors in support of the PLS function (technical, commercial and schedule status).

Skills and experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • University Degree or equivalent in a relevant engineering discipline.
  • At least 10 years proven experience in and a significant background in one or more of the following domains:
    • Satellite Operations.
    • Satellite System Engineering
    • Spacecraft Development.
  • At least 3 years proven experience working as a System Engineer or with a System Coordination function in any of the above domains.
  • Good understanding of the Satellite Phase E2/F Routine Operations Organization and the typical activities performed.
  • Good understanding of the factors affecting the short and long-term performance of Satellites and their main subsystems or payloads.
  • Proven experience and ability at working in an environment with multiple external interfaces.
  • Demonstrable multidisciplinary or system-level experience in the satellite engineering domain.
  • A good working knowledge of MS Office tools.
  • Desire to work both autonomously and as part of a team, in an international multicultural environment.
  • Solution oriented mindset, with a customer focused communication skill.
  • Fluent in English, both written and spoken. A working knowledge of another ESA language is an asset.

The following skills and experience would be highly desirable:

  • Previous experience in Earth Observation domain.
  • Previous experience working within a multinational environment.

Why should you apply?

  • You will have the opportunity to work within leading space organisations across Europe.
  • We encourage everyone to think outside the box and to push the boundaries of traditional knowledge. This role is an opportunity to join a forward-thinking company and allows for a deeper understanding of the industry.
  • To be part of a company that values integrity, inspiration, care and collaboration.
  • Benefits include: competitive remuneration packages; unique career opportunities, including working in other countries; access to training and development programmes; flexible relocation support.

We welcome applications from people with disabilities, members of ethnic minorities, all genders, LGBTQ+ individuals and ex-service personnel.

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