VN 24/11 System Engineer

EUMETSAT · Darmstadt, HE, Germany

This post is a fixed term, three year, time limited contract, located in the Programme Preparation and Development Department (PRD), the Low Earth Orbit Division (LEO) which is responsible for the development the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) system until hand-over to routine operations.

Located in the System Team of the LEO Division, the System Engineer takes responsibilities on all LEO system engineering activities, with a particular focus on the Space Segment, the Mission Control chain and the associated system interfaces and design. The System Engineer’s main responsibilities will be within the EUMETSAT Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) programme.


  • Develop and maintain the system requirements and support the definition of the corresponding satellite, instrument and ground segment requirements for existing and new Polar programmes;
  • Produce any necessary design documentation, analyses and trade-offs and present them in major programme reviews such as Preliminary Design Review (PDR), Critical Design Review (CDR), Launch and Operations Readiness Review (LORR) etc.;
  • Define all end to end data flows, and contribute to the production of any related Interface Requirements Document (IRDs) / Interface Control Document (ICDs);
  • Develop and maintain the system CORE-9 model for the EPS-SG programme and contribute to develop Model-based system engineering (MBSE) for future LEO missions.
  • Maintain the ECSS Packet Utilisation Standard (PUS) services, satellite on-board control procedures and tailoring required to support the foreseen operations of the EPS-SG satellites and instruments and contribute to define the PUS services of future LEO missions;
  • Provide support to operations preparation activities, including reviewing and providing inputs to the Mission Operations Concept Document; the operational scenarios in the Reference Operations Plan; and the operations procedures;
  • Contribute to the Space and Ground Segments IVV and support any related anomaly investigation, to ensure the overall system functions and operations are in line with the defined system requirements, design and operations concepts;
  • Act as the point of contact for the EUMETSAT teams, partners and industry with respect to all satellite and mission control aspects;
  • Provide satellite and mission control support to the Operations Department after the handover of the LEO systems to operations and during their maintenance.

Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience in Model-based system engineering (MBSE) methodology and development process of EO Space Missions following the ECSS standards;
  • Proven experience in requirements engineering and in requirements verification control using DOORS;
  • Extensive and detailed knowledge of ECSS PUS and spacecraft on-board procedure standards;
  • Experience with procurement of complex engineering systems and management of technical support contracts would be an advantage;
  • Experience with IVV and execution of tests is an advantage;
  • Ability to understand and synthesise complex issues and to express ideas and issues clearly;
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with a proven ability to work as part of a team.

Employment Conditions

This is a fixed term, 3 year time limited contract (until Q3 2027) with no current plans to extend beyond this period.

This post is graded A2/A4 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 7146 per month (net of internal tax but excluding pension contribution and insurances) which may be negotiable on the basis of 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 the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT. Applicants are required to disclose all nationalities they have held and currently hold in order to determine whether they can exercise the role as advertised in compliance with applicable export control regulations. 


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 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.)

Job Summary

Darmstadt, HE, Germany