Copernicus Ground Segment Manager
Vacancy in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.
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This post is classified A2-A4 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.
ESRIN, Frascati, Italy
Copernicus Ground Segment Manager in the Copernicus Ground Segment Systems Section, Copernicus Ground Segment and Data Management Division, Earth Observation Mission Management and Ground Segment Department, Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.
The Copernicus Ground Segment is implemented based on a service-based architecture that relies on the use of cloud technology to optimise the scalability and performance of the Copernicus Space Component operations. Future Copernicus mission operations will be integrated in the Copernicus operations framework in accordance with the Copernicus Ground Segment architecture and interfaces and operated in accordance with the Copernicus operations baseline.
If selected for this position, you will be responsible for the management of the Ground Segment activities in relation to the future Copernicus Expansion and Next Generation missions during the pre-launch phases and for the management of their operations after the satellite launch.
You will report to the Head of Copernicus and Copernicus Ground Segment Systems Section and be assigned the following initial duties:
- Leading the identification of the challenges and opportunities introduced by the future Copernicus Expansion and Next Generation missions for the evolution of the Copernicus Ground Segment;
- Establishing the necessary evolutions of the Copernicus Ground Segment architecture and interfaces to integrate and operate the future Copernicus missions in coordination with the Copernicus Ground Segment System team;
- Defining and maintaining any mission-specific Ground Segment documentation as part of the overall Copernicus Ground Segment technical baseline;
- Defining and maintaining any specific Ground Segment Service needs to support the future Copernicus missions and interacting with the Copernicus Ground Segment Services teams to prepare the relevant procurement actions;
- Establishing and managing a Project Plan for the preparation of the Ground Segment operations for the future Copernicus missions, in accordance with the Copernicus Ground Segment operations framework and with the status of the corresponding Space Segment activities;
- Establishing and managing the Copernicus Ground Segment technical and operational baseline related to the specificities of the future Copernicus missions, as part of the overall Copernicus Ground Segment technical baseline and in coordination with the Copernicus Ground Segment System team;
- Interacting with the Copernicus Space Segment and Flight Operations Segment teams from the early phases of the Copernicus Expansion and Next Generation Space Segment activities for matters related to the mission specificities, in particular in terms of data downlink, mission planning and payload data processing;
- Establishing and managing the pre-launch system test activities for the future Copernicus missions in cooperation with the Copernicus Space Segment and Flight Operations Segment teams;
- Managing the mission-specific-view of the Copernicus Ground Segment operations for the future Copernicus missions;
- Interacting and coordinating with the DestinE teams for matters related to the specificities of the future Copernicus missions in particular to streamline the usage of the data generated in the frame of the Copernicus Ground Segment for simulation, modelling and AI related applications in the context of DestinE.
A master's degree in a relevant engineering subject is required for this post.
You should also:
- demonstrate awareness of the Copernicus missions and operations, along with the capability to work eﬀectively in an interdisciplinary team and to take responsible decisions as part of that team;
- have a high level of self-motivation and autonomy;
- have a strong ability to take an overall system view, and a capacity to propose solutions within a broader, strategic perspective;
- demonstrate ﬂexibility in dealing with day-to-day operational challenges.
For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.
The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.
The Agency may require applicants to undergo selection tests.
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Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Canada, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia.
According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to internal candidates and secondly to external candidates from under-represented or balanced Member States*. (https://esamultimedia.esa.int/docs/careers/NationalityTargets.pdf)
In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment conducted by an external background screening service.
Recruitment will normally be at the first grade in the band (A2); however, if the candidate selected has little or no experience, the position may be filled at A1 level.
*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.
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