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[Met-jobs] GEO MTG Ground Segment and MSG-3 Operations Preparation QA Engineer

From "Simon Davidson" <>
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Date Fri, 25 Mar 2011 09:24:17 -0000

Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Position: Contract

Rate: € TBD per day

Start Date: As soon as feasible

Duration: 2 years plus 2 one year options


This Statement of Work (SoW) describes the work to be done by a QA Consultant in support of the QA Team within the Geostationary Satellite Programme (GEO) Division at EUMETSAT.

There are two main Programmes running in the GEO Division at present:

  • the Meteosat Second Generation Programme (MSG),
  • the Meteosat Third Generation Programme (MTG).

The MSG Programme started its routine operations service following the launch of the MSG- 1 satellite in August 2002, and the completion of its commissioning phase in early 2003. The twin in orbit satellite configuration specified for this Programme was reached after the launch of MSG-2 in December 2005, followed by its commissioning phase in 2006. MSG-1 and MSG-2 are in operations under the names of Meteosat-8 and Meteosat-9. Two other satellites have been manufactured, MSG-3 and MSG-4, which constitute the replacement of the spacecrafts currently in orbit service. For them the ongoing work relates to completion of the open areas of work, and correction of anomalies and non-conformances identified during the Assembly Integration and Testing (AIT) phase. Following a storage period, they will be prepared and become ready for launch, launched and commissioned. The planned launch dates for MSG-3 and -4 are second half of 2012 and first half 2014 respectively.

The Ground Segment (GS) of MSG has been developed, maintained and upgraded internally at EUMETSAT.

The MSG Operations Preparation Integrated Team (OPIT) is a team composed by personnel of the GEO division and of the Operations Department which is led by the MSG Operations Preparation manager.

The MTG programme is presently running under the framework of the MTG Preparatory Programme, started in January 2008 and ending in mid 2011 with the close-out of the System Preliminary Design Review. The full MTG Programme has been unanimously approved by all Member States.

The Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) system is conceived to continue and significantly enhance the service offered to the users via the existing GEO systems.

The nominal MTG system’s space segment will comprise three satellites positioned in parallel in orbit, two MTG-I satellites and one MTG-S satellite. MTG-I, the so called imaging satellite, will take on board an imaging radiometer, the Flexible Combined Imager (FCI), and an imaging lightning detection instrument, the Lightning Imager (LI). MTG-S, the so called sounding satellite, will take on board an imaging Fourier interferometer, the InfraRed Sounder (IRS), with hyperspectral resolution in the thermal spectral domain, and a high resolution spectrometer, the Ultraviolet- Visible Near infrared (UVN) Instrument provided via ESA’s GMES Space Component Programme.

The MTG Programme Ground segment is responsible for acquiring the following facilities needed to deliver the MTG products:

  • Ground Station Facility (GSTF) for TTC and Mission Data Acquisition functions;
  • Mission Operations Facility (MOF) for mission planning, Monitoring and Control, Flight Dynamics, and performance analysis;
  • Instrument Data Processing (IDPF) for the generation of level 1 products;
  • Level 2 Processing Facility (L2PF).

These interface with a number of multi-mission support elements.

The Ground Segment of MTG will be developed by EUMETSAT and it will encompass preliminary and detailed definition, production, verification and pre-launch operation validation, including all associated reviews.


The GEO QA consultant will be integrated into the GEO QA Team which provides support to the GEO Division, and his/her tasks will have to be provided on both MSG and MTG programmes, in accordance with the priorities agreed with the GEO QA Team Leader and the MSG and MTG Programme Management.

In this framework, the tasks of the GEO QA consultant shall include, but not necessarily be limited, to the following:

For the MSG-3 Operations Preparation (including in orbit system commissioning):

  • Familiarisation with the operational processes in place for MSG-1 and MSG-2
  • Implementation of the EUMETSAT QA policies within the assigned areas, in accordance with the MSG QA Plan which is applicable to the activities covered by this SoW.
  • Review and comment for PA/QA issues and disciplines, the technical documents issued for MSG-3.
  • Support the production and provide review of and comment on the MSG-3 OPS PREP technical documents and procedures.
  • Participate in the planning, definition, conducting, results evaluation and reporting of the verification and validation tests to be performed before release of the OPS PREP procedures.
  • Ensure the establishment, maintenance and upgrading of the documentation and configuration management processes to be applied in support of the MSG-3 OPS PREP activities.
  • Ensure the conducting of TRRs/TRBs according to the applicable procedure.
  • As a member of MSG-3, support the Anomalies Review Board (ARB) established within the OPS PREP Team, including, as needed, the support of the follow up of ARs involving MSG OPIT in the Eumetsat OPS, the MSG GS Facilities and the ESA ARB’s.
  • Preparation, support and participation in internal and external Quality Audits, as requested by the GEO QA engineer(s).
  • Report directly to the GEO QA Staff Engineer(s) on all aspects related to MSG.


  • Implement EUMETSAT QA policies in the assigned areas, in accordance with the MTG GS QA plan for all phases covered by this SoW.
  • Ensure that the MTG GS QA policies and methods are available and included in the documentation to be released for the GS Facilities ITT’s.
  • Ensure the correct implementation of the applicable MTG processes within the Ground Segment activities, in line with the MTG GS QA plan.
  • Work with the MTG Ground Segment team members to ensure Quality aspects are taken into account during the production of Ground Segment documentation and later implementation.
  • Support the GS QA Engineer in the establishment and recording of metrics to measure the effectiveness of the main processes within MTG Ground Segment activities.
  • Provide pro-active suggestions for improvements based on these metrics and other observations.
  • Actively contribute to the success of MTG meetings (e.g., MTG GS weekly meetings, MTG GS Technical forum, MTG System/Ground Segment IVV meetings, etc) when attendance is delegated.
  • Support the MTG GS QA Engineer in the preparation and execution of the MTG GS Reviews process.
  • Participate in the MTG GS QA requirements internal review process.
  • Monitor and ensure the correct implementation of the MTG Documentation and Configuration Management processes.
  • Cover all QA (HW and SW) specific tasks during the MTG GS Facilities procurement process, interfacing with the EUM Technical Officer(s) and with the Industry PA/QA counterparts.
  • Ensure application of the agreed QA Plans and procedures within the activities of the suppliers, both at Prime and Subcontractor levels.
  • Support the MTG GS QA Engineer in the definition of the procedures for the preparation of MTG GS Phase C/D, providing inputs for the release of the relevant documents.
  • Support the preparation and conduct when requested internal audits in the area connected with MTG GS activities, including Subcontractors and sub tiers.
  • Support the MTG GS QA engineer in the implementation of the risk management and lessons learned processes.
  • Provide regular reporting, also via attendance of scheduled co-ordination meetings, for the GEO QA Team Leader and the MTG GS QA Engineer on all aspects related to MTG GS QA activities.


The consultant is required to have the capability and experience level ensuring the fulfillment of the assigned tasks with the minimum of supervision.

University degree in Physics or Computer Sciences is the requested educational level.

The consultant shall have a work experience in PA/QA areas of at least 5 years gained in advanced technology sectors, preferably in aerospace and space products and projects.

In detail, the consultant is expected to demonstrate:

  • significant hands-on experience in QA processes definition, implementation, monitoring and control,
  • significant hands-on experience in risk management and lessons learned processes,
  • significant experience in the application of international QA/PA standards,
  • direct experience in providing QA/PA support for procurement contracts,
  • knowledge of project management and project planning, including the ability to identify and report on critical areas and issues,
  • knowledge of software development lifecycle, especially in areas of IVV, hardware software interaction and development process assessment,
  • ability to issue reports and presentations in English,
  • experience of working on collaborative programmes between different partners,
  • significant hands-on experience in using Microsoft Office Suite and in particular with Microsoft Word, Excel and Access,
  • knowledge of requirement management tools, e.g. DOORS,
  • good interpersonal skills, including mediation skills.

·       Involvement in an Earth Observation Ground Segment development project and/or satellite in orbit commissioning will be considered an advantage.




In line with Asylum & Immigration Legislation, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the EU. Documented evidence of eligibility will be required from candidates as part of the recruitment process. Furthermore, in view of the nature of the work the company is in, all potential employees will undergo stringent reference and identity checks.


Please send you CV in English to:

Simon Davidson via

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