Mission Planning Operations Engineer (m/f/d)

  • EUMETSAT Darmstadt
  • Permanent
  • Full-time


SCISYS Deutschland GmbH in its Engineering Service business provides professional engineering and consultancy services supporting space programmes and missions. Our team is composed of university graduates and experienced professionals, comprising some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated engineers across Europe. Our services cover the whole life cycle of space programmes from early concepts to operations.

Our Space Division provides a dynamic, supportive and friendly atmosphere in which you are encouraged to lead with initiative. Moreover, we actively manage your professional development, training and career progression.

Your Tasks

The service to be provided covers mission planning support to operational missions (EPS, Sentinel-3, MSG), and developing missions (EPS-SG, Sentinel-6, MTG). The Contractor team shall be involved in mission planning operations for all missions, both operational and developing. Concerning the developing missions, the Contractor shall support the transition from the pre-operational to the routine operations phase, during which more intense development of operational processes and system configuration will be required. 

The implementation of any of the tasks described in this SOW may require shift working from time to time, due to the nature of the operations. Any shift work will be agreed on an ad-hoc basis.

The Mission Planning Operations Engineering Contractor team shall contribute as required to all missions as follows:

  • Performing routine, on-call, and contingency scheduling tasks using the mission planning facilities.
  • Liaising with external entities in order to fulfil joint operations requirements and maintaining documentation concerning this.
  • Responding to mission planning related anomalies and operational contingencies.
  • Performing monitoring of the mission planning systems according to working practice, generally by running system checks to spot any system anomalies or errors.
  • Raising, monitoring and steering the lifecycle of mission planning related anomaly reports (ARs) and non-conformance reports (NCRs). Supplying context and analysis to support the investigation of anomalies.
  • Participation in any necessary meetings and reviews (long-term scheduling, schedule consolidation, anomaly review boards, etc.).
  • Defining the mission planning operational implementation (rules, database configuration, etc.) and maintaining a detailed understanding of the space and ground segment operational needs that are met through mission planning.
  • Updating and rolling out of new versions of the mission planning operational implementation following approved configuration management procedures.
  • Maintaining mission planning documentation such as the user guide, operational implementation document, joint operations document, ICDs, and any other operational documentation.
  • Supporting the Operations Preparation Integrated Team (OPIT) in the development and procurement of the mission planning application software and any related tools (developing missions only). Participating in reviews concerning the mission planning system, interfacing facilities and associated tools, throughout the procurement life-cycle (developing missions only)
  • Contributing to the definition of any changes to the supplied mission planning application software or to in-house supporting software that could lead to performance and/or ergonomics improvements. Contributing to the process of implementing such changes by raising of engineering change proposals and change requests internally within EUMETSAT.
  • Participating in the installation of the mission planning application software and related tools at EUMETSAT if required. Verifying the installation.
  • Contributing to the operational validation of new versions of the mission planning software, including testing of AR/NCR correction, new functionality and non-regression. This may include participating in factory or on-site acceptance testing and related activities at facility and system level. If necessary, creating and executing test procedures to support this activity. Analysing & reporting on test results, in particular with respect to requirement verification and validation.
  • Training of personnel in mission planning, on-call and routine scheduling tasks.
  • Performing routine scheduling tasks at the BUCC in support of periodic or emergency activations.

Your Profile

Essential Requirements:

In addition to having a University degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline, all team members shall have the following mandatory skills/experience:

  • Knowledge of the principles of satellite monitoring and control.
  • Experience in the field of mission planning, gained during the operations and/or development of GEO and/or LEO satellite systems.
  • Experience of LEO and/or GEO spacecraft operations, preferably gained in an operational control room environment.
  • Some evidence of software technology skills in programming languages such as Java (or similar language), on LINUX/UNIX and/or MS Windows.
  • Ability to work in a clear, structured manner, calmly and correctly under stress, with a minimum of supervision.
  • Experience of working proactively within a small team.
  • Ability to detail and synthesise complex technical concepts in formal documents and verbal presentations.
  • Evidence of personal initiative and action orientation in professional experience.

Desirable Requirements: 

Furthermore, it would be a distinct advantage for team members to have experience with some of the following:

  • Experience in the production and maintenance of mission planning operational rules using a Java-like Business Rules Management System (e.g. JBoss Drools or ILOG Rules).
  • Experience of LEO or GEO mission planning system specification, development and procurement.
  • Experience of AIV related activities (test procedure generation, requirements verification and validation, etc.), preferably in the field of space mission planning systems.
  • Practical experience with Software Version Control Systems (e.g. CVS, SVN or Git) and Software Configuration Management Systems (e.g. Serena Dimensions).
  • Some knowledge of CCSDS standards applicable to Mission Planning scheduling operations (e.g. Simple Schedule File Format Specification) and applicable Cross-Support standards.
  • Practical experience with the Linux/Unix operating system (user command level).
  • Working experience with relational databases and sql, preferably involving Oracle. 
  • Experience of working with files in XML format, including XML file edition, schema validation and related tools (Oxygen and/or XMLSpy).

We Offer

With SCISYS you get the chance to take responsibility for your own and varied professional activities, while there is always room for producing new ideas and contributing your personality.

Get to know a corporate culture where team spirit, trust and dedication are the core values

Short decision paths, flexible working hours and a good reconciliation of work and everyday life are a matter of course for us


Kiri Wood

Tel: +49 (0)61514285330