VN 24/20 IT Infrastructure Computer and Systems Management Competence Area Manager

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 and Data Infrastructures and working closely with the IT Infrastructure Strategy, Architecture and Delivery Lead and the other IT and Data Infrastructures Competence Area Managers, the successful candidate is responsible for the maintenance and evolutive engineering of all computer systems for the EUMETSAT missions, including the responsibility for the Operating Systems and Commercial-off-the-shelf software (COTS S/W) maintenance.

The IT Infrastructure Computer and Systems Management Competence Area Manager is supported by a team of Engineers and System Administrators to perform the above tasks.

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 a Virtual/Cloud computing platform for application delivery.


Main duties related as follows:

  • Managing a team of S/W engineers, computer systems architects and administrators and securing long-term availability of the critical skills;
  • Management of all computer systems, COTS software and license maintenance contracts as well as the relevant frame contract with industry and specific consultancy or support contracts;
  • Support the programmes in development by providing guidelines/requirements inputs to the mission-specific Ground Segment development teams regarding computer systems and their architecture, COTS selection (both H/W and S/W), applications build and deployment functions and disaster recovery measures, with the goal to promote synergy with the mid-term operational evolutions and the obsolescence upgrades;
  • Technical and contractual management of external support and contractors.

Skills and Experience

  • Experience of working in an IT Infrastructure function within a large-scale organisation is essential.
  • Excellent at cross-team collaboration, direction setting and delegation at a senior level.
  • Clear thinker with well-structured proactive approach.
  • Resilient and mindful leadership style to drive technical change within a risk adverse sector.
  • Experience of providing IT Platform Infrastructure technical leadership at a senior level.
  • Computer operating systems (IBM AIX, SUN SOLARIS, LINUX, Windows NT).
  • Experience of managing large scale IT Infrastructure procurements for both asset purchases and service contracts.

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