EPS-OGS Engineering Services Team (3 engineers)

We are looking to further enhance our team by adding a

EPS-OGS Engineering Services Team (3 engineers)

You will be based initially for 2 years at our client’s headquarters in Darmstadt, Germany. Extension of a further 2 years may be possible. In this large European Agency you will find an excellent and modern working environment with challenging tasks and responsibilities.

Your Tasks:

The tasks to be performed can be notionally split according to the Work Areas below. Tasks and deliverables are aiming at supporting the EPS-SG Overall Ground Segment Integration and Verification activities. Support to the operational validation activities is also covered:

Management and Programmatic Support 

The typical activities shall cover (but not limited to) the following tasks: 

  • Planning and controlling the execution of all the tasks in the scope of this SoW, in line with the agreed I&V planning and schedule; 
  • Ensuring the availability of the service, with the adequate amount of resources, qualification and skills; 
  • Managing the staff providing the support service; 
  • Ensuring discipline, tidiness, and a proper use of the facilities at the Client’s premises; 
  • Ensuring that all outputs are complete and consistent with respect to the relevant requirements, and are suitable for their purpose; 
  • Providing a single point of contact for formal reporting and communication with Client on all aspects of the service; 
  • Preparation and management of Data Packages linked to Reviews including organisational notes; 
  • Regular reporting (progress, allocation, schedule, planning, etc.); 
  • Quality Assurance (QA)

Preparatory Activities for the Integration & Verification 

The typical activities shall cover (but not limited to) the following tasks: 

  • Analysis of VCD. For the requirements to be verified by test propose/define the testing activities. Ensure the scope is in line with the expected OGS versions and that the testing activities can be scheduled within the foreseen timeframe; 
  • Observing and analysis of I&V tests run at sub-segment (MCO/PDAP) level; 
  • Writing of integration and verification test specifications; 
  • Identification of test tools and test data needed (and plan any necessary development of test tools and the tuning/modification of test data); 
  • Based on initial test specifications and other relevant documents (lower level test docs, user manuals, etc) write detailed test procedures; 
  • By successive iterations refine the test procedures until they are in a status ready to be executed. Set up the test tools and refine the test data; 
  • Analysis of problems and management of anomalies; 
  • Contribute to the integration and verification plans. Support the Client’s team during the project reviews in relation to the I&V documentation

Integration Activities 

The typical activities shall cover (but not limited to) the following tasks: 

  • Scheduling and executing of all the integration activities in close coordination with our Client, including requesting use of common resources (such as MMEs); 
  • Ensuring sufficiently in advance of execution that relevant procedures, tools and data are ready to be used, performing any final tuning or set-up as necessary; 
  • Organising and holding, under the Client’s direction, Integration Test Readiness Reviews (TRR), in which the readiness of all required elements to perform a specific set of ground segment activities will be checked, any constraint dealt with and the final arrangements for the execution of the tests taken; 
  • Performing the integration activities and testing according to the plans, procedures and arrangements taken in the IRR, undertaking any required analysis of the results/issues and recording the outcome in relevant reports, and anomaly reports where necessary; 
  • Organising and holding, under the Client’s direction, Integration Test Review Board meetings in which completion of the integration activities related to each block of verification activities will be assessed; 
  • Supporting Anomaly Review Board (ARB) meetings (if applicable); 
  • Liaising with Client teams and development contractors for technical issues related to the utilisation of the facilities, the communication of anomalies, the follow-up of their resolution and installation of patches or new releases.

Verification Activities 

The typical activities shall cover (but not limited to) the following tasks: 

  • Scheduling and executing of all the verification activities and testing in close coordination with our Client; 
  • Ensuring sufficiently in advance of the execution of the tests that relevant procedures, tools and data are ready to be used, performing any final tuning or set-up as necessary; 
  • Organising and holding, under the Client’s direction, verification Test Readiness Reviews (TRR), in which the readiness of all required elements to perform a specific set of ground segment activities will be checked, any constraint dealt with and the final arrangements for the execution of the tests taken; 
  • Performing the Verification activities according to the plans, procedures and arrangements; 
  • Maintaining the OGS VCD and recording the results of the tests in DOORS; 
  • Organising and holding, under the Client’s direction, Test Review Board (TRB) meetings in which completion of the verification activities related to each block of verification activities will be assessed; 
  • Supporting Anomaly Review Board (ARB) meetings (if applicable); 
  • Liaising with Client teams and development contractors for technical issues related to the utilisation of the facilities, the communication of anomalies, the follow-up of their resolution and installation of patches or new releases.

System Activities 

The typical activities are equivalent to those at Ground Segment level but in a System context. 

The Operational Validation activities will be led by the Client or designated representatives. Support may be requested during the execution of the System IV&V activities. 

 

Your Profile:

The TEAM

Service Manager 

A Service Manager shall perform the management tasks identified above and represent MOLTEK in all matters relevant to the service. 

The Service Manager will interface with the Client’s technical representative designated in the contract. 

It is expected that one of the I&V Engineers will perform the Service Manager role as part of his/her duties (approx. 10% of working time).

I&V Engineer 

I&V engineers will perform all tasks of the service other than the management tasks. They will work under the supervision of the Service Manager and, during the preparation and execution of the tests, the coordination of the Test Conductor.

Test Conductor 

For each test or group of tests a test conductor shall be nominated from the team of I&V engineers and given the responsibility to prepare and perform the tests, coordinate the utilisation of the system elements, document the outcome of the tests, report on their execution during the TRB. The relevant duties are given in the sections on the test execution and management tasks. 

The test conductor is normally supported by other I&V engineer(s). In some cases, the role of the test conductor and the I&V engineer might be accomplished by the same person.

 

The Key personnel shall be System and Software engineers familiar with satellite monitoring and control, satellite data processing and ground station operations, and have experience in ground segment and system integration and verification.

In addition, the Key persons shall have the following experience/skill sets:

General Skills

  • Proven ability in I&V of complex systems 
  • Structured software development and verification 
  • Software maintenance, performance monitoring 
  • ECSS standards 
  • Configuration control 
  • Requirements and verification management

Known Applications 

  • Satellite communications (packet TM/TC, PUS, SLE protocol) 
  • Mission control functions 
  • Ground Station monitoring and control 
  • Near real-time, Earth observation data processing, archiving, distribution 
  • Satellite monitoring and control (e.g. SCOS-2000)

Specific / Product Skills 

  • Operating systems: UNIX/Linux and Windows 
  • Networking: Internet protocols, TCP/IP programming, network monitoring 
  • Automated software testing 
  • Requirements and verification management using DOORS 
  • Meteorological data formats: HDF5, NetCDF, JPEG2000 
  • Programming languages: C/C++, Java, Javascript, XML, Perl, Tcl/Tk 
  • Relational databases: MySQL, Oracle

The official languages are English and French. The working language for the position is English and therefore the key person must be able to work effectively in this language.

 

REFERENCE: 17-215047

LOCATION: Darmstadt, Germany

CONTACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CLOSING DATE: 26th February 2018

MOLTEK has been serving the space and aerospace industries since 1995, providing international consultancy services for a wide variety of clients from private and public corporations to national and international authorities and agencies.

 

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