EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Satellite Applications Facilities (SAF) Operational Co-ordination Engineer, VN 17/53

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Darmstadt, Germany

Do you have the technical expertise and communication skills to coordinate distributed operations involving the extraction and real time dissemination of satellite products such as sea ice, land surface temperature and ozone?

EUMETSAT is the European operational satellite agency for monitoring weather, climate and the environment. We observe the atmosphere, ocean and land surfaces from Space using a system of satellites, 365 days a year, offering images and data to provide insights into weather situations, environmental hazards and climate change. Our work helps users worldwide to monitor changes in these to protect lives, lifestyles and properties. Developing the next generation of satellites, we look to shape our future including the way we receive, process and disseminate data and products to our users. Part of our operation is the extraction of products from satellite data and the onward dissemination to our users in real time. The expertise at eight Satellite Applications Facilities (SAFs), each led by a National Meteorological Service, is used to facilitate these services. We are recruiting for an engineer to co-ordinate these activities.

In this role you will serve as the prime operational interface of the SAFs, supporting the planning and monitoring of all operations. You will prepare and maintain operational procedures and documents for the operations of SAF services and will maintain operational interfaces between the SAFs and EUMETSAT Headquarters’ facilities, mainly the EUMETSAT Data Centre and EUMETCast near real time data broadcast system.

With the support of operations and technical support teams you will co-ordinate day-to-day operations with SAFs and co-operate with them to develop the implementation of new products and services.

Along with a University degree in Telecommunications, Physics, Electronics or Software Engineering (or equivalent), you should be able to demonstrate a wide experience in operations of Earth Observation ground segment systems and in the operational planning and monitoring of near real time data services, preferably in high-availability environment.

A working knowledge of imaging and sounding instruments of meteorological satellites and their main observations along with some experience of a UNIX operating system would be considered an advantage.

The role will require you to communicate effectively under a variety of circumstances and to work autonomously with the minimum of supervision. The ability to perform effectively and calmly under pressure is required.

In addition to an attractive salary and benefits package, EUMETSAT provides an outstanding working environment in Darmstadt, ‘the City of Science’. We can support new staff with language training, as well as re-location and other social welfare advice, if you are new to the area. For more information, please go to - reference VN 17/53.

All applicants must be EUMETSAT Member State nationals with a good working knowledge of the English language in a business environment. You also require some knowledge of French.

EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women and is seeking to recruit nationals from its Member States.

Closing date is 8th October 2017 with interviews provisionally booked for w/c 13th November 2017.

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