Expert Ground Engineer (CNES)

Toulouse, France, Serco Europe [2190]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

Serco is a trusted provider of services to National Space Agencies and the European Space Agency (ESA), we have over 40 years’ experience supporting the space sector and providing services for all stages of our customer’s space missions.

We are seeking an Expert Ground Engineer to join our service team at CNES and work on their exciting missions in Toulouse.

Founded in 1961, the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES) is the government agency responsible for shaping and implementing France’s space policy in Europe.


  • Develop scripts, software, and tools to automate day-to-day operations
  • Work with the launch operations team, flight software team, and other design teams to develop operational plans
  • Respond to issues and anomalies
  • Work to improve the efficiency of satellite operations through automation and metrics-based decisions
  • Communicate frequently and effectively, highlighting success and learning from failures
  • Support rigorous and challenging schedules during spacecraft ground-based testing, launch windows, and on-orbit operations


  • MSc in Space Engineering, Software Development or similar
  • 3+ years’ experience in the Space industry
  • Experience working in ground segment, control or command centre, mission centre or similar
  • Business skills in the architecture and operation of ground segments
  • Business skills in the field of mission programming, command/control chain, TT&C
  • Business skills in the field of data production/reprocessing
  • Experience with requirements management software (such as DOORS)
  • Experience with SCOS-2000 or similar mission control systems
  • Experience scripting in Linux environment
  • Knowledge of Python, Java or similar
  • Fluent in French and English
  • Eligible to work in the EU


What we offer:

Within Serco we believe there is a place here for everyone. Diversity & Inclusion at Serco is based on a culture where every voice is heard, and every employee feels valued. Working together as one team, we can enhance the experience of our people and teams, improve the value of our solutions to better serve the missions of our customers, and make a difference in our world. We are enthusiastic and passionate about our work which is infectious. We allow our employees to take responsibility for their work and promote a positive working culture.

  • An exciting, inspiring, international, and ambitious working environment
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Career progression
  • Paid holiday
  • Highly competitive salaries considering your skills and personal value to the company
  • Summer and Christmas parties

We will give you the platform and guidance to progress your career quickly whilst rewarding you at the same time.

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