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Satellite Operations Engineer

Date: 19-May-2022

Location: Kruibeke, East Flanders, BE

Company: QinetiQ

From our sites in Belgium and the UK, QinetiQ enables the most demanding space missions. As one of the largest and most respected global science and technology organisations, we are constantly breaking new ground in the application of cutting-edge technology in the space sector. We deliver pioneering solutions and are successfully transferring our expertise into pushing the boundaries of space. Why don’t you team up with us and help us seize the opportunities of tomorrow?

Job description
In this position, you are the overall responsible for the operations aspects of a satellite mission, throughout the design & development up-to the launch and the initial operations. This starts with the definition of operational concepts and translation of these concepts into overall operations architecture. It evolves into definition of on-board software and the mission control segment on ground. Further steps are the follow-up of the actual implementation and testing of the flight software, the ground software, the flight controls procedures and operational databases.

You will strongly interact with the bodies providing the flight software. You have a central role in the project team, interacting with system engineering, mission analysis, avionics, the customer and end user. You are responsible for the operational aspects of the mission, mainly linked to the specification of the flight software and Failure Detection, Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) approach. You design, prepare and conduct the system level satellite testing. You report on the satellite level testing. You support the satellite unit level testing. You interface with the satellite ground operations. You provide support during the satellite launch, LEOP and commissioning. You provide in-orbit support after launch.

Desired skills/ experience/ knowledge
We expect you to have a master degree in engineering or software architecture. Satellite experience or theoretical background is an obvious asset, but is not strictly required. We expect you to be highly motivated to learn all of the operational details. You’re not afraid to dive into complex systems and analyse them critically. You are passionate about space systems. We expect you to be a pro-active, creative, enthusiastic and result-oriented team player with a broad view. Fluency in English is an absolute must.
Offer You’ll not only get to work in a well-known space company offering flexibility, work-life balance, and an open and friendly working environment, but you will also become one of the privileged engineers that can say some of the hardware they helped built is actually orbiting the Earth!

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Why Join QinetiQ?

As we continue to grow into new markets around the world, there’s never been a more exciting time to join QinetiQ. The formula for success is our appetite for innovation, courage to take on a wide variety of complex challenges.

You’ll experience a unique working environment where teams from different backgrounds, disciplines and experience enjoy collaborating widely and openly as we undertake this exciting and rewarding journey. Through effective teamwork, and pulling together, you’ll get to experience what happens when we all share different perspectives, blend disciplines, and link technologies; constantly discovering new ways of solving complex problems in an diverse and inclusive environment where you can be authentic, feel valued and realise your full potential. Read more about our diverse and inclusive workplace culture here.

Joining QinetiQ offers you an opportunity to work on a broad range of interesting defence-based projects with vast career progression across a global organisation in addition to competitive personal and professional benefits. You’ll receive highly competitive salary and benefits package: our basic salaries are very attractive as we constantly review what’s happening in the market. The range of benefits that we offer include, flexible working, generous holiday entitlements, Health Cash Plan, Private Medical Insurance and Dental Insurance and much more.

About QinetiQ

As a company of over 6,000 dedicated professionals, we are a world-centre of excellence in research and development and act as a catalyst for fast-track innovation, offering outstanding experimentation facilities, and technical, engineering and scientific expertise. QinetiQ is made up of dedicated experts in defence, aerospace, security and related markets, all working together to explore new ways of protecting what matters most. Being part of QinetiQ means being central to the safety and security of the world around us. Partnering with our customers, we help to save lives; reduce risks to society; and maintain the global infrastructure on which we all depend. Come and find out how you can play a role.