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[Met-jobs] MHS and Instrument management Consultant

From "Simon Davidson" <>
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Date Fri, 11 Mar 2011 09:59:17 -0000

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Position: Contract

Rate: € TBD per day

Start Date: June 2011

Duration: 2 years plus 1 one year options


The MHS Support Consultant shall report to the MHS Project Manager, who is responsible for the instrument project and for the day-to-day assignment of the Consultant's activities.

The tasks of the MHS Support Consultant shall include the following:

Support to MHS Engineering and Management Activities

The Consultant shall support the MHS Project Manager in carrying out activities in the following fields:

·        Participation to Metop satellite AIV, Launch and Commissioning activities relevant to the MHS instrument, including operation of the MHS EGSE, data analysis and preparation of plans, procedures and test reports (instrument ground testing at s/c level, end-to-end testing at system level, satellite in-orbit verification). Participation in Test Readiness Reviews and Test Review Boards.

·        Management of activities by Astrium-UK covered by either the MHS Post-Delivery Support (PDS) contract or the MHS warranty provisions. Maintenance of a list of PDS activities and their status and expenditures.

·        Maintenance of a status list of MHS action items, non-conformances/anomalies, requests for waivers and deviations.

·        Maintenance of an up-to-date plan of Metop satellite AIV, Launch and Commissioning activities requiring support for the MHS instrument.

·        In-orbit instrument housekeeping and science telemetry monitoring and support to instrument commanding.

·        Investigation of on-ground and in-orbit instrument anomalies and implementation of relevant recovery actions. Review of technical documents, preparation of comments and attendance of the relevant meetings.

·        Instrument inspections and relevant reporting.

·        Liaison with the EUMETSAT Quality Assurance Division for all quality/product assurance aspects of MHS activities.

·        Preparation and maintenance of instrument related documents, as well as presentation material.

·        Participation to instrument acceptance and hand-over reviews and other meetings with industry and other partners such as ESA, NASA and NOAA, as well as internal meetings. Generation of and reply to RIDs.

·        Maintenance of regular contacts with the above mentioned EUMETSAT partners and industry in relation to MHS. Drafting of the relevant correspondence.

·        Attendance of the weekly LEO Instrument Team meetings.

·        Monitoring of rework and/or retest of MHS flight instruments or subsystems at the MHS contractor’s premises.

Support to other EPS Instruments

Although support to MHS is the primary task of the consultant, he/she may be requested to provide a similar type of management and engineering support to the LEO Instrument Team Leader for other instruments of the EPS.

Support to Post-EPS Activities

Support the MHS Project Manager and/or the LEO Instrument Team Leader in following instrument/mission study and design activities, mainly related, but not necessarily limited to, the Post-EPS passive microwave instruments.


The Consultant is required to have the experience and capability to fulfil the assigned tasks with the minimum of supervision.

The Consultant shall have a university degree in engineering or physics and, as a prerequisite, a background of at least 5 years in space hardware projects, with at least 3 years  experience in project management positions, preferably in the area of remote sensing instruments. Experience of instrument-level or satellite-level payload AIV and the ability to support such activities is also essential.

The Consultant shall also have some knowledge of PA/QA processes and procedures and good general computing skills, with familiarity with Microsoft Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.). Furthermore, the Consultant should preferably have experience of working on a collaborative programme between different partners.


The type of support required from the Consultant is:

  • normal support;

Normal Support

The task shall be performed during normal EUMETSAT office hours.

Normal office hours are:

  • Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 17:15        
  • Friday 08:30 - 16:00

A 30-minute lunch break may be taken during the interval 12:00 - 14:00.

The Consultant shall be normally based full-time at EUMETSAT's facilities in Darmstadt, Germany for the duration of the consultancy. Travels within Europe, to the USA or to the Russian Cosmodrome in Baikonur (Kazakistan) are to be expected.

In the event that an MHS instrument or sub-unit has to be reworked or retested, a long-term assignment of the Consultant at the MHS contractor’s premises (typically in Portsmouth, UK) of more than two consecutive weeks could be needed. EUMETSAT will request any such long-term assignments in advance, in the relevant WP of the period.

Attachment: MHS.pdf
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