Ground Segment System Engineer (EUMETSAT)


Darmstadt, Germany, Serco Europe [9854]

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 have 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 of history in the space sector, Serco is well-placed to contribute to National strategies and New Space ventures that want to scale their businesses/organizations with skilled talent.

On behalf of our customer EUMETSAT, we are looking for a Ground Segment System Engineer. You would be a part of a service team working on-site at EUMETSAT’s site in Darmstadt, with a generous distribution of working hours into the hybrid model.

Your mission is to support the ground segment system engineering service for supporting EUMETSAT’s missions’ ground segments under development or in operations, with the latter subject to maintenance and evolutions. You would focus in supporting EPS-SG, MTG, MSG, EPS and Multi-Mission-Systems, as well as EPS-Sterna and EPS-Aeolus after the council approval of the program.


  • Perform requirements engineering for ground systems in operations, and in development.
  • Create and contribute to the description of the system architecture and interfaces between external systems, and the mission-specific elements of the ground system.
  • Perform technical analysis of system architecture and specification evolutions or major upgrades of the operational ground systems, for interface coherence and compatibility while checking with ongoing developments.
  • Contribute to the IV&V testing approach for major evolutions of the operational ground systems.
  • Contribute to the coordination of the installation, integration and verification of new systems into the operational infrastructure.
  • Contribute to the definition of the IV&V approach for future ground systems.
  • Creation of System Engineering models of Ground Systems using an MBSE approach and/or maintaining existing model baselines.
  • Contribute to the preparation for Operations of the ground segment, including maintenance of a complete and consistent set of System Technical Documentation for the System Technical Baseline.
  • Contribute to the various OPS and TSS Projects and associated reviews, providing System Engineering contributions during the design phase and contribute actively to the definition of the IV&V activities.
  • Cover assessment of Engineering Tasks and providing System Engineering expertise to CRB’s and ARB’s.
  • Definition and documentation of new interfaces with the methodology used in Operations, including use of common templates for Interface Control Documents and the use of the same tool for maintaining the interfaces data dictionary.


  • Master’s Degree or equivalent from a relevant discipline.
  • At least 4 years’ experience in Systems Engineering and IV&V activities for at least one major element (e.g. PDP, MOC, Archive, etc.) of a ground segment for earth observation missions.
  • Knowledge of space and ground system engineering processes, and system and software life-cycles and standards.
  • Experience in writing technical requirements.
  • Definition, management, and traceability of requirements structure with the support of dedicated tools (DOORS).
  • Experience in interface management and definition, including familiarity with mechanisms and tools for detailed interface definition and capability to prepare and manage ICD.
  • Experience in operational environments under strict configuration management rules.
  • Experience in maintenance of ground system and associated anomaly management process.
  • Experience with Data Processing systems for earth observation missions.
  • Experience with Satellite Mission Control Systems for earth observation missions.
  • Knowledge of IT/ground segment technologies, relational databases, virtualisation, networking, SW deployment tools.
  • Fluent in English.

Nice to have:

  • Experience in formal verification control processes (VCBs) and maintenance of VCDs.
  • Use of modelling and design languages for System Engineering (e.g. SysML) and tools in support of architectural. design activities (e.g. Enterprise Architect).
  • Experience with Ground Stations and/or EUMETSAT Multi-Mission Elements for archiving, monitoring, data dissemination.
  • Knowledge of scripting in Linux environment.
  • Experience with ground segment test data, including reconditioning, change control, and related test tools, etc.



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:

  • Competitive Salary.
  • A comprehensive package of benefits offered by the company.
  • Assistance with relocation can be provided and details available upon request.
  • Engaging in company events to foster team spirit.
  • Company contribution towards a pension scheme.

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