Senior Communications and Network Systems Engineer (EUMETSAT)

Darmstadt, Germany, Serco Europe [ 2318]

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 looking for a Senior Communications and Network Systems Engineer. You would be working on-site at EUMETSAT’s site in Darmstadt, with a generous distribution of working hours into the hybrid model.

Your mission is to contribute to the migration to a replacement WAN link between EUM HQ and the various off-site locations. Additionally, you would contribute to the migration of existing operational program specific and shared facilities from their current legacy networks to the consolidated network infrastructure at EUM HQ. You would also upgrade the EUMETSAT networks in remote sites including Madrid, Longyearbyen, Fucino, as well as the WAN links connecting the remote sites to the EUM HQ.


  • Identification of networking customer, user, or business needs
  • Identification, extraction and collection, analysis and consolidation – extraction of required data flows and specification of their characteristics
  • Specification, set-up and running of Proof-of-concept / prototype (in lab environment)
  • Detailed specification of design and/or solution including detailed roll-out plan
  • Specification of Integration, Verification and Testing procedures
  • Roll-out planning and scheduling (migration, integration, and validation)
  • Leading network solution deployment activities in coordination with customers and peers
  • Provide cross-team presentation and training on network infrastructure and service developments and deployments
  • Install and configure network equipment
  • Perform Integration, Verification and Testing
  • Perform the hand-over to production and support the customer/user validation
  • Provision of standby/call-out support and first line troubleshooting following an agreed rota
  • Contribute to specification and update of network systems, services and solutions roadmap and strategy
  • Contribute to procurement documentation, e.g., requirements specifications and statements of work


  • Experience with network engineering in aerospace or space environments throughout their lifecycle, from identification of needs to deployment and operations
  • Experience in carrying out (specifying, preparing, planning and executing) network engineering activities, including their coordination and technical guidance, working with other engineers within and outside the team involved in the activities, and with the customers/users and other stakeholders
  • In-depth knowledge of Cisco technology and solutions for these environments
  • Ability to present – verbally and in writing – network solutions and systems in a comprehensive way, with the specific ability to explain relevant details while keeping the focus on the overall system aspects
  • Ability to translate IT jargon into customer business terms
  • Experience of working in and applying the above skills in high availability, always-on production environments, driven by high availability requirements
  • Experience of interacting with suppliers of network products and service provides as part of network infrastructure, services and solutions development and deployment
  • Experience of configuring and operating network management and monitoring systems such as Netbrain or SolarWinds
  • Ability to automate network routing monitoring and maintenance tasks
  • Experience of supporting procurement of network systems and services
  • High degree of autonomy and good analytical skills
  • Fluent in English

Nice to have:

  • MS-Vision application
  • Demonstrated capability of technical authoring (structure/organization of concept, design, and test specification documents)
  • Creating and working with technical network diagrams – Visio
  • Voice Loop Systems (VLS) solutions based on VoIP
  • Cisco Certified or able to substantiate equivalent experience
  • High degree of autonomy and good analytical skills


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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