• Company: EUMETSAT
  • Job Location: Frankfurt - Germany
  • Date: July 29, 2019 11:21
  • Employment Type: Any
  • Experience: Any
  • Job Functions:

    Engineering, Project Management

Job summary

Within the Programme Preparation and Development Department (PRD), the holder of the post will manage the development of the ground segment of the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) system, including management of the EUMETSAT teams and procurement activities, until hand-over to operations of the last version supporting routine operations of the first pair of Metop-SGA and Metop-SGB satellites.

Job description

The holder of the post reports to the EPS-SG Programme Manager in the Low Earth Orbit Programmes (LEO) Division of PRD.


  • Manage internal and industrial development activities specific to the EPS-SG ground segment in accordance with its defined baseline, including any necessary evolution until final acceptance;
  • Coordinate EPS-SG ground segment activities with the EPS-SG system activities;
  • Ensure the technical and schedule consistency of the development of the core ground segment with upgrades of multi-missions facilities or services required for EPS-SG and with ground systems shared with the NOAA Joint Polar System;
  • Plan and re-plan the ground segment activities in line with the overall programme requirements and constraints;
  • Support the preparation and execution of the Verification and Validation of the successive versions of the EPS-SG System;
  • Support the operational validation of the successive versions of the EPS-SG ground segment;
  • Support the commissioning of the successive versions of the overall EPS-SG system associated with the deployment of the Metop-SG A and Metop-SGB satellites;
  • Manage the EPS-SG ground segment project team;
  • Support programme management incl. risk assessment, monitoring of cost evolution and annual cycle of budget preparations;
  • Prepare relevant contributions to EPS-SG reporting to EUMETSAT Member States;
  • Support the preparation and the development of future EUMETSAT satellite systems.



A University degree in a relevant engineering discipline, computer science or equivalent is necessary.

Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.



  • Strong and successful experience of project management;
  • A minimum of eight years’ experience in the specification, design, implementation, integration and test of complex ground segment systems, preferably for Earth observation satellite systems;
  • Strong experience in procurements of large and complex ground systems;
  • Experience in the procurement and development of Earth observation data processing chains would be an advantage;
  • Demonstrated experience in leading teams;
  • Excellent team-working, communication and presentation skills;
  • Pro-active attitude and the ability to work autonomously with a minimum of supervision under high workloads.



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 opportunities 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 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.)

Deadline 5th September 2019 


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