VN 24/19 IT Infrastructure Strategy, Architecture and Delivery Lead

EUMETSAT · Darmstadt, HE, Germany

EUMETSAT operates a growing fleet of Earth observation satellites, currently 12 satellites comprising four Meteosat geostationary (GEO) satellites of the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) and Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) series, and two Metop low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. A further five Meteosat Third Generation and six Metop Second Generation satellites are currently in preparation for launch.

Reporting to the Head of IT Infrastructure and working closely with the IT Infrastructure Competence Area Managers, this new role within EUMETSAT will provide a unification function across IT Infrastructure to ensure that the entire Division is driving in a consistent approach for its technical strategy, technical architecture, service delivery and delivery prioritisation.

In the near term, the primary objective for this Senior IT Infrastructure role is to help drive the organisation to a service-based Infrastructure Delivery (PaaS) approach, coupled with the adoption of Virtual/Cloud computing platform for application delivery.


Main duties related as follows:

  • The role will provide a central point of direction and oversight for IT Infrastructure, bringing together the technical design and delivery aspects from the relevant technical functions within IT Infrastructure.
  • EUMETSAT governs its delivery via Functional Area Management Boards (FAMBs) which are responsible for providing oversight and governance for specific functions.  There is a dedicated FAMB for IT Infrastructure, and this post will act as one of the Co-Chairs of this Board.
  • The Technical Ownership for IT Infrastructure Multi-Mission (PaaS) Service Delivery will belong with this role where it spans more than one of the IT Infrastructure Competency Areas.
  • The IT Infrastructure Procurement function will report into this role to ensure that the procurement approach is consistent across IT Infrastructure and also that the actual procurements align to the defined strategic direction and technical architecture.

Skills and Experience

  • Experience of providing IT Infrastructure technical leadership at a senior level.
  • Confident person able to drive and control governance boards / project boards / technical design authority boards or similar with specific outcomes and actions.
  • Excellent at cross-team collaboration, direction setting and delegation at a senior level.
  • Resilient and mindful leadership style to drive technical change within a conservative and risk adverse sector.
  • Experience of working in an IT Infrastructure function within a large-scale organisation is essential.
  • Clear thinker with well-structured proactive approach.

Employment Conditions

Please be advised that due to the upcoming holiday period, the recruitment process may take longer with the interviews planned for September 2024.

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 A3/A4 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 8819 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.


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.)

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Darmstadt, HE, Germany