Head of LEO Division and Programme Manager

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Head of LEO Division and Programme Manager

EUMETSAT - European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites

Darmstadt, Germany

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.

Building on its multi-mission infrastructure and in close cooperation with its Member States, the European Space Agency (ESA) and industry partners, EUMETSAT is developing the EUMETSAT Second Generation Polar System (EPS-SG).

The EPS-SG mission will monitor weather and climate from the mid-morning polar orbit over a period of 21 years starting in 2024/25, based on three successive pairs of Metop-SG satellites.

Reporting to the Director of Programme Preparation and Development, the Head of the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Division manages the overall EPS-SG Programme until hand over to operations, including the cooperation with external agencies (ESA, EC, NOAA, CNES and DLR) and industrial partners.

Duties

  • Manage the EPS-SG Programme and its allocated resources such that the programme meets technical and schedule requirements and remains within approved financial budgets;
  • Manage the development, integration, verification and validation and related procurements (ground segment, launch services, etc.) of the end-to-end EPS-SG system until its handover to Operations;
  • Manage the delivery of spacecraft to operations and the provision of satellite and instrument expertise throughout the operational phase;
  • Define, negotiate and control the arrangements on delegated developments, integrated support and work arrangements with the Technical and Scientific Support department and manage interactions with the Operations Department to ensure the launch, commissioning, and operational readiness of the system at the respective milestones;
  • Manage the programme-related relations with external institutional (ESA, EC, NOAA, CNES and DLR) and industrial partners;
  • Prepare all programme-related decisions required and frequently report to the EUMETSAT Management Board and Delegate Bodies;
  • Support the EPS Third Generation Programme, including mission definition and feasibility studies, negotiation of cooperation with ESA and other development partners, planning and costing of development and risk assessment;
  • Maintain the programmes competencies and continuously improve programme management, control and administration processes to meet quality and business objectives.

What we offer

  • Generous salary, of up to Euro 11,000/month NET (after income tax) based on skills and experience;
  • Flexible working time including additional flexi-leave;
  • Excellent medical coverage for employee and family;
  • Attractive pension;
  • 30 days of annual leave + 14.5 days public holidays;
  • Training and development support;
  • Relocation allowance and support (if applicable).

Skills and Experience

  • Minimum 10 years’ proven experience in the development of operational satellite systems (space and ground segment), preferably Earth Observation systems;
  • Proven ability to plan and manage complex development projects under schedule, quality and cost constraints, preferably in an international environment;
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and develop large and diverse teams as well as working productively across organisational boundaries;
  • Experience in contracting and managing industrial partners as well as liaising with space agencies and user communities;
  • Highly developed relationship building and negotiation skills with excellent writing and presentations skills;
  • Demonstrated experience in continuous improvement and change management.

Qualifications

  • A university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering discipline.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED IN ENGLISH. WE WILL BE UNABLE TO CONSIDER APPLICATIONS SUBMITTED IN OTHER LANGUAGES.

EUMETSAT is an international organisation employing staff from across all 30 member states and this role is being advertised on multiple international job boards, but please note that this role would be based in Darmstadt, Germany and would require international applicants to relocate if successful.

More about us

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT can recruit nationals only from the 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).

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