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[Met-jobs] Senior Systems and Network Engineer

From "Simon Davidson" <>
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Date Tue, 5 Jul 2011 09:40:11 +0100

HAMTEC Consulting a provider of quality consultants to the aerospace industry.


We are currently seeking a University educated engineer in a relevant engineering discipline.


Location: Darmstadt, Germany

Start Date: November 2011

Closing date: 5 August 2011




The consultant will be integrated into the Ground Segment System Engineering Support Group of the System Engineering Support Division.

The tasks assigned to the Consultant will be agreed through dedicated work-packages with clear identification of activities and outputs expected.

The consultant’s role will be to provide senior expert support in all network-related aspects & activities. In this role, the consultant is primarily expected to write and review requirements specifications, design documents, interface requirements and specifications, prototyping plans and reports in the early project phases, produce procurement-related documents, support procurement activities, participate in technical inspections and reviews, and generate technical reports during the course of the programmes.

In addition the consultant shall have the ability to undertake ‘hands-on’ testing, trouble shooting, and configuration of complex network installations.

The activities will require full-time participation by the consultant for the duration of the contract. The tasks of the consultant will be carried out at EUMETSAT facilities in Darmstadt, but travel within Europe may be required for certain activities.

The consultant will provide three types of support:

1) Support to feasibility and preliminary design activities for EPS-SG and the design and implementation phases for MTG in the areas of networking:

Participate to the production, update, refinement and maintenance of the:

  • Ground Segment Requirements;
  • Ground Segment preliminary design;
  • Ground Segment Interfaces Requirements and Specifications;
  • Network Requirements documents for the different elements of the EUMETSAT Ground Segments;
  • Network Requirements documents from the specific programme on the multi-mission infrastructure of EUMETSAT.
  • Identify network and protocols simulation needs and high level requirements;
  • Identify network and protocols prototyping needs and execute prototyping activities;
  • Contribute to the activities related to the EPS-SG System Concept Review and System Preliminary Requirements Review;
  • Contribute to the activities related to the MTG System Design Review and GS Preliminary and Critical Design Review;
  • Contribute to the definition and consolidation of the EPS-SG network concepts;
  • Support the procurement of the MTG Network Facility.

2) Support to the Maintenance & Engineering Division of the Operations Department for the current network (including on-call and stand-by support):

  • Network troubleshooting, maintenance and upgrades;
  • WAN change implementation/migrations;
  • Production & maintenance of ground segment network diagrams;
  • Procurement and subsequent maintenance of a new Voice Loop System.

3) Support to general activities:

  • Participation and contribution to the relevant divisional meetings, technical meetings, workshops, and reviews;
  • Ad-hoc support to other projects on issues related to networking (cross-programmes fertilisation);
  • Undertake studies on evolving network technologies and products relevant to EUMETSAT.


The main documentation outputs are:

  • Ground Segment system and subsystem level requirements for interfaces, protocols and networks;
  • Network requirements document(s);
  • Specification of studies for the resolution of open issues or understanding of their impact;
  • Technical Notes with assessment of implications of the proposed solution and recommendations for ensuing network requirements and/or architectural design solutions;
  • Proposal for update of the relevant MTG and EPS-SG requirements taking into account the analysis documented by industry and the independent assessment provided by the Consultant.
  • Prototyping plans and prototyping reports;
  • Procurement-related documents;
  • Test Plans and procedures;
  • Network diagrams.
  • In the performance of these tasks, the consultant shall apply the relevant organisational and programmatic quality management procedures as well as the relevant system engineering standards in use in the corresponding programme.


Qualifications and Experience

·        A University degree in a relevant discipline

·        8 year’s experience  in specification, design, procurement & implementation, integration, verification and validation of complex networks and data communication systems (LANs and WANs, ) based on state-of-the-art commercial off-the-shelf components


Essential Skills


·        ·  CISCO hardware and software;

  • Data centre network architectures;
  • State-of-the-art network related protocols e.g. OSPF, BGP, RIP, HSRP, VSS
  • QOS and traffic shaping;
  • WAN interfacing using e.g. SDH, E1/E3, ISDN, leased lines;
  • Network virtualisation;
  • Access control & authentication solutions;
  • Network management and monitoring techniques and tools e.g. JFF, Nagios, HP OpenView, Tivoli, Cisco Works, RMON, SNMP;
  • Network configuration management solutions;
  • Security solutions e.g. Checkpoint, ASA, FWSM, IPSEC & SSL VPN, ISE;
  • Negotiation of service specifications and service level agreements for external provider services;
  • Participation in procurement activities – including negotiations with suppliers.
  • The consultant shall preferably have a relevant CISCO certification.


Desirable Skills


·        System Engineering practices and implementation of the full lifecycle of requirements engineering (from conceptualisation to operations);

·        Technical management in relation to the procurement and development of communications networks.

·        Experience in the use of DOORs as requirements management tool will also be considered an advantage.

·        The variety of the tasks and the scope of the systems to be supported require a high degree of autonomy and good analytical skills.




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

To register with HAMTEC Consulting and to view current opportunities go to our website:

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