Data Processing Operations Engineer (EUMETSAT)

Darmstadt, Germany, Serco Europe [2256]

Field(s) of expertise
Space Systems Engineering
Job type

About this job

Serco is a leading Space Services Provider with thousands of skilled resources that has supported over 50 space missions on behalf of more than 10 Space or Government agencies around the globe, including the ESA and NASA. Serco offers space capability across the full space lifecycle from satellite testing to Launch services, LEOP to spacecraft operations, space surveillance to data management, and supporting downstream application development. With over 55 years history in the space sector Serco is well placed to contribute to National strategies and New Space ventures who want to scale their businesses/organizations with skilled talent.

On behalf of our customer EUMETSAT, we are currently seeking a talented  Data Processing Operations Engineer  to join our team in Darmstadt. This wonderful opportunity will have you located at the captivating site in Darmstadt and taking a part of a service team, where you can enjoy a great balance of on-site work.


Services to the EUMETSAT organisation including:

  • Data ingestion, processing and product distribution
  • Data and Product analysis
  • Operational performance monitoring and reporting, including the development, documentation and maintenance of the relevant tools for e.g. production statistics generation and reporting, PDGS monitoring and reporting
  • Testing and implementation of new products
  • Setting-up, implementation and update of operational procedures and documentation
  • Anomaly investigation
  • First line maintenance, including on-call support
  • Coordination with external organizations and service providers
  • Attendance at technical meetings
  • Participation to formal reviews

Operations build up:

  • Contribute to validation campaigns, including operations validation tests
  • Participation in coordinating, planning and executing test campaigns for the ground segment components and operations
  • Support to commissioning reviews and test campaigns as part of operations build up and handover to routine service


  • University degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • At least 3 years’ experience in Operations of real-time, complex, satellite instrument data processing systems
  • the key person shall have demonstrated experience in near real time, data driven, automated systems with large computer networks;
  • The successful candidate shall have demonstrated experience with UNIX/Linux operating systems;
  • The key person shall be able to communicate effectively in English;
  • The successful applicant shall be able to conduct all activities in an orderly and disciplined manner, shall be able to work under pressure and with a minimum of supervision.

Furthermore, it would be highly desirable for the candidate to have experience with or knowledge of some of the following:

  • Demonstrated experience of Instrument data and product processing (Level-0 to 2) of meteorological and/or earth observation products;
  • Experience of validating complex remote sensing data processing systems;
  • Development and maintenance of operational procedures and/or configuration data;
  • Programming languages (e.g. C, C++ and IDL);
  • Scripting languages and databases (e.g. Perl, Python, shell, Oracle);
  • Spacecraft and/or ground segment operations;
  • Knowledge and/or experience of quality control, calibration and validation.


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.


What we offer:

  • 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
  • Pension schemes
  • Summer and Christmas parties

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