EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.)


Within the Ground Stations Competence Area (CA) of the System Engineering and Projects Division (SEP), the Ground Stations System Engineer will provide ground station engineering support to the development of future satellite systems, in particular the EUMETSAT Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) and Polar System Second Generation (EPS-SG) and Jason-CS/Sentinel-6, and to operations of the existing Meteosat Second Generation, the EUMETSAT Polar System and Jason-3 systems.


In support to the development or upgrade of Ground Stations:

  • Lead the specification and requirements definition activities;
  • Contribute to procurement and follow-up the contractor´s development activities;
  • Follow-up the Assembly, Integration and Tests of new ground stations procured from industry, and lead on site acceptance testing;
  • Lead the definition, execution and evaluation of tests for upgrades or refurbishment of ground stations;
  • Define and validate with ground segment, system development and operations preparation teams an adequate transition plan from ground station acceptance to entry into operations, including contributions to relevant ground segment and system Integration Verification and Validation tests;
  • Lead the definition and control the implementation of integrated maintenance plans for ground stations;
  • Support the Ground Stations Competence Area Manager in defining long term plans and roadmaps to harmonise Ground Station engineering, maintenance and evolutions across all EUMETSAT satellite systems (including associated processes).
  • Proven experience in ground stations engineering following well established system engineering processes covering the full development lifecycle, and relevant technical standards (e.g. ECSS, CCSDS);
  • Competence and in-field proven experience in the area of Ground Stations Assembly Integration and Test and integration of ground stations into ground segment and end-to-end satellite systems;
  • Experience in ground stations maintenance;
  • Understanding and experience in the management of industrial contracts in the area of ground stations engineering or development will be considered an advantage;
  • Some experience in the management of teams and projects.
  • Experience of communicating and team-working, preferably in a matrix environment;


The initial contract will be of 4 years’ duration, with subsequent 5 year contracts being awarded thereafter, subject to individual performance and organisation requirements. There is no limit to the amount of follow-up contracts a staff member can receive up to the EUMETSAT retirement age of 63 and there are certainly opportunities to establish a long career perspective at EUMETSAT.
This post is graded A2/A4 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 5,797 per month (net of internal tax) which may be negotiable on the basis of skills and experience. The salary scale provides for increments on the anniversary of taking up employment, and scales are reviewed by the EUMETSAT Council with effect from 1 January each year. In addition to basic salary, EUMETSAT offers attractive benefits. Further information, including salary details, is available on the EUMETSAT web site.

EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women.
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.

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