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DLR GfR mbH is a company providing reliable, safe and secure aerospace services. We operate and manage the constellation of Galileo satellites in the Galileo Control Center Oberpfaffenhofen on behalf of the European Commission. In addition, we are an Air Navigation Service Provider. Based on our aerospace expertise we are developing highly accurate and manufacturer-independent services for communication, navigation and surveillance (CNS).

Our company headquarters is located in an area widely known as a holiday destination -  the five-lakes region in Upper Bavaria near Munich. At the space industry location in Oberpfaffenhofen, our growing team of  160 employees work every day in international and interdisciplinary teams on the navigation of the future. Become a part of us!

Inside of the Galileo-Project we offer the following career option:

Constellation Shift Lead

Reference No. 2652019
Your Mission:

One of the main tasks of the DLR GfR mbH is to operate and manage the constellation of Galileo satellites from the Galileo Control Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. For the performance of tasks within the Galileo shift operations team we are looking for a Constellation Shift Lead.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Operate on a 24/7 shift basis all part of the mission control system, which includes parts of the ground and mission segment as well as the space segment;
  • Assist in configuring and testing the operational system to support the operations. The successful candidate may be required to support development of methods or tools to assist in the execution of the operations;
  • On-console involvement in System Validation Tests (SVT), simulations and Launch and Early Orbits Phase (LEOP) operations authorised by the Spacecraft Operations Manager, following established rules, procedures and practices, and where applicable in accordance with the ECSS standards;
  • In case of ground or space segment anomaly be responsible for first line support to taking corrective action, as necessary, applying the relevant contingency/emergency procedures approved for the mission to ensure safety of the spacecraft and the continuity of service provision;
  • Be responsible for informing the Spacecraft Operations Manager and/or the official deputy when a major or critical anomaly is detected, in accordance with the established procedures;
  • Participate to other operations-related activities (small system development, procedures development or maintenance, etc) upon request from the Team Leader;
  • Support of the control center in Fucino, Italy;
  • Additional tasks within the scope of the role, qualifications and experience of the candidate.

Necessary Skills:

  • Applicants should have a solid technical background and preferably a degree at BSc or MSc level in a related subject such as IT, Telecommunications, Physics or another scientific discipline, etc.
  • The successful candidate will have ideally 4 or more years of experience in an Operations environment preferably with experience working directly with spacecraft/satellites.
  • Experience working with computer systems and PC literacy is required.
  • Knowledge of databases (i.e. Oracle, MySQL, Access) and Java / XML would be considered as advantageous.
  • Candidates should be methodical, disciplined and have a mind for efficiency as the appointed person should feel comfortable in a strictly procedure-driven critical operations environment where procedures must be carried out to the letter.
  • Due to the operational nature of the job, candidates shall be able to work in a calm and correct manner under conditions of stress and in almost full autonomy (e.g. during night shifts).
  • As the successful candidate will be part of an Operation Team working on a 24/7 shift rotation pattern, team spirit and team-player attitude are also essential to be able to adapt to the sometimes unavoidable short-term changes to the shift plan resulting from sickness or other exceptional circumstance, with the purpose of avoiding any service disruption and ensuring the satellite health and safety above all.
  • As official, recorded communications via voice-loop between stations/centres is part of the job, fluent and clearly spoken English is a mandatory requirement.
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