Ground Segment System Engineer (Galileo)- ESTEC

Noordwijk, The Netherlands, Terma [20-725808]

Field(s) of expertise
Aerospace Engineering
Job type

About this job

For our customer, the European Space Agency (ESA), we are seeking an experienced Ground Segment System Engineer to work at ESA’s ESTEC site in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.


You will be assigned to ESA/ESTEC in support of the EU/ESA Galileo project’s Control Segment (GCS) Procurement office reporting day to day to the Control Segment Technical Manager.
The support covers the transition and adaptation from Galileo First Generation (G1G) to Galileo Second Generation (G2G) with the following tasks:
• Support the adaptation of the G1G Ground Control Segment for the G2G Batch 1 satellites:
o Requirements definition for GCS adaptation to G2G satellites.
o Specification of the design upgrades to G2G block A and B.
o Assessment of the design upgrade options to G2G block A and B.
• Technical support to the procurement of the G2G Ground Segment activities:
o Support to Segment and Element reviews.
o Contribution to design activities at segment level (architecture, performances, common services) in particular on the GCS Segment services and Security functions.
o Contribution to Segment change request production and review.
o Contribution to the assessment of Request For Deviation and Waivers.
o Contribution to Cyber Security watch policy and vulnerability corrections.
• GCS Assembly, Integration and Verification (AIV) engineering:
o Technical contribution to GCS on-site AIV activities.
o Support review of test procedures.
o Witnessing test campaigns aiming at segment integration & verification, external interface verification and overall segment validation.
o Coordinate and support Test Readiness Reviews and Test Readiness Board campaigns.
o Coordinate GCS functional and design requirements process verification testing including participation to the Verification Control Boards.
o Coordinate GCS compliance to the applicable requirements verification by the Prime Contractor during planned test campaigns either at element or system level.
o Technical contribution to the Ground Segment (GCS to Galileo Mission Segment) Integration and Verification Test Campaigns.
o Report any design or functional requirement issues arising during the AIV campaigns to the GCS Technical Manager.
• Support to aspects of security in Galileo Data Systems.

This support will be provided under the scope of the functional support provided to Galileo by ESA’s Mission Operations Data Systems Division located in ESOC, Germany. The division specifies, develops, implements and maintains all common technical infrastructure and mission-dedicated data systems required for operations. This covers mission control systems, mission planning systems, simulators, and new types of data processing systems as necessary. Cooperation and liaison with the wider division is therefore expected. Upon request of the Agency these services may also be delivered to other ESA missions.

This is a full-time position located at ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

The requested start of work is October 2020 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The successful candidate shall have:
• A Master’s Degree in Space Systems Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Software Engineering, or equivalent.
• A minimum of 4 years of relevant professional working experience gained in space ground systems development, testing and verification, and operations.
• Experience in the development and maintenance of large software projects with use of appropriate tools e.g. DOORS for requirements management, HPQC for test management.
• Knowledge of ground system tools used with ESA e.g. SCOS-2000, SIMSAT, EGOS MPS, EGS-CC as used by many ESA projects.
• An understanding of spacecraft subsystems with kknowledge space system engineering.
• Knowledge of appropriate standards in ground systems development, in particular the ECSS E- (engineering) and Q- (quality) series.
Soft skills:
• Service orientation with an ability to work independently on own tasks, cooperate with a large project team, and capture the bigger picture and systems context.
• Excellent communications skills (verbal and written) with ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with industry and different areas within ESA.
• Ability to be flexible, show initiative, and have team spirit.
• For this position, knowledge of the Navigation domain, and prior knowledge of the Galileo project in particular, would be a distinct asset.
• Some experience in cybersecurity is an advantage.

Note: This position is only open to nationals of EU member states, Norway, and Iceland.

Additional information

To ensure that your application will reach us and is properly processed please apply through the ‘Apply’ link below. Include an up-to-date Curriculum Vitae and a Cover Letter highlighting your background and expertise as well as earliest date of availability.

For further information, please contact Mr. Simon Mills

by telephone [+31 6 2326 2398] or by email [recruitment.nl@terma.com].

Closing date: August 26th 2020

Please note the following Legal & Security requirements:

Applicants must hold all appropriate permits to work in the EU.
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In line with ESA security requirements, an official Certificate of Good Conduct (or equivalent) and employment reference checks will be required at commencement of employment. Please attach a copy of any reference letters with your application if you have them.
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