EUMETSAT – Mission Control Systems Operations Manager



EUMETSAT, Darmstadt, Germany
Closing date: 14 April 2020


EUMETSAT operates a growing fleet of Earth Observation satellites in Low Earth and geostationary orbits (currently comprising 7 EUMETSAT Meteosat Second Generation and Metop satellites, and 2 Copernicus Sentinel-3 satellites). In parallel, EUMETSAT is working towards the launch of one next generation satellite each year in the period 2020-2025, beginning with Jason-CS/Sentinel-6 A and continuing with Meteosat Third Generation and Metop Second Generation satellites.

Reporting to the Head of the Flight Operations (FLO) Division, the Mission Control Systems Operations Manager is responsible for the planning, supervision and execution of mission control systems operations in support of spacecraft operations, working in close coordination with teams performing the operations of other systems. You will support operations preparation for recurrent spacecraft and the introduction of next generation satellite systems.

What you’ll be doing

  • Manage the Mission Control Systems Team of the Flight Operations Division;
  • Supervise and coordinate operations of mission control chains providing essential satellite monitoring and control capabilities across all satellite systems exploited by EUMETSAT, including Copernicus satellite systems;
  • Maintain operations procedures and system databases for operational mission control chains;
  • Conduct operations of mission control chains composed of monitoring and control systems, TT&C ground stations and related communication links, including:
    • Execution of routine and special operations;
    • Mitigation and resolution of contingencies, including provision of on-call support;
    • Management of relevant external interfaces;
    • Management of contracted industrial support, including Operations Analyst and Controller Service services;
    • Evaluation and trend analysis to monitor the operational performance and behaviour of mission control systems and chains;
  • Support routine processes for operations coordination and reporting, planning and scheduling of activities, quality assurance and anomaly handling, and configuration management;
  • Implement arrangements with the teams of the Technical and Scientific Support Department (TSS) providing expert engineering support for the maintenance of mission control related systems, based on Service Level Agreements;
  • Support the definition of requirements, the design, development and testing of mission control chains for next generation satellite systems, as well as major evolutions of existing mission control systems;
  • Participate in system-level operations preparation, launch and commissioning activities for next generation satellite systems and recurrent satellites, in support to the EUMETSAT teams of the Programme Preparation and Development Department (PRD) responsible for the development, launch and in-orbit commissioning of these systems;
  • Organise and support the training of operations team personnel in the operations of mission control chains;
  • Support the Head of the Flight Operations Division, in all management matters involving mission control chains.

What EUMETSAT offers

  • Excellent salary, of at least Euro 7154 / month NET (after tax) based on skills and experience
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave
  • Full medical coverage for employee and family
  • Attractive pension
  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays
  • Training and development support
  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable)


  • University degree in a relevant engineering discipline.

Skills and Experience:

The necessary skills and experience of the Mission Control Systems Operations Manager are the following:

  • Proven experience in the operations of mission control chains and system-level operations preparation for complex satellite systems;
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and control complex activities, including re-prioritising according to constraints, inter-dependencies and opportunities;
  • Demonstrated team management and leadership skills, including ability to delegate effectively;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to communicate and report clearly and concisely.

Visit the EUMETSAT website for more information and how to apply


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