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(Senior) Engineer, Optical Communication System

Requisition Number:  17686
Contract Type:  Permanent

Betzdorf, LU Munich (Unterföhring), DE

The (Senior) Engineer, Optical Communication System will support the preparation of technical proposals in response to international tenders and contribute to developing, implementing, and improving ground- and space-based services and systems.
In this position you will be integrated into an international team of highly skilled engineers and gradually take on more responsibilities. However, depending on the projects' nature and scope, you will either be in charge or supporting the below-listed responsibilities to deliver proposals, projects and service to external and internal customers within the agreed budget, specification and schedule.
To mention one project on which the role is collaborating, SES is heading a consortium of industrial partners to create a quantum cryptographic communications system (EAGLE-1) under the agreement with ESA, enhancing Europe's leadership in quantum communications. It's a novel platform for distributed networks that provides a global service for next-generation encryption keys.


You will be responsible for (this is not an exhaustive list):

  • Take ownership of your work and hold yourself accountable for meeting deadlines and delivering quality results
  • Perform technical follow-up of procurement of optical elements of a satellite system (e.g. optical ground stations, laser communication terminals) from definition throughout launch and operations
  • Be the point of contact & subject matter expert for subcontractors and SES team for optical communication matters and coordinate with other functions (Project Management, Project Control, Legal, Finance) for the transparent and effective realisation of assigned projects
  • Analyse and decompose the higher-level requirements into more detailed ones related to the satellite subsystem, assess deviations from requirements and evaluate their impact to ensure that a critical system and mission objectives are achieved
  • Provide technical reports and analyses for the relevant unit or subsystem (such as optical link budgets, design definition, design rationale, ICD, and technical budgets)
  • Review the technical documentation (e.g., design documentation, test methods, reports) and assess the content's validity
  • Define comprehensive test plans and procedures to ensure the system satisfies its requirements, performs as intended; and assist with test operations 
  • Handle budgets, handle procurements, manage installations and the operational handover of ground segment and communications systems
  • In coordination with the Service Management team, prepare operational procedures and ensure the second Level Customer Support for the delivered system
  • Take an active part in SES TechCom's proposal activities through the provision of Technical Specifications, Statement of Works (SOW's) and Cost Estimations, in response to customer Request For Information (RFI) and customer Requests For Proposals (RFP), whereby the activities could include the set-up, supervision and coordination of interdisciplinary proposal teams in the function of the technical and commercial proposal preparation and along contract negotiation process
  • Interface and engage with external partners (e.g. customers, Consortium partners and suppliers, vendors, etc.)
  • Identify and develop new opportunities focused on the quantum communication infrastructure and other current and planned TechCom technology and service developments





Must Have

  • Master’s Degree in Aerospace Engineering, Physics, Optics, or like field (a combination of experience and education will be considered)
  • Minimum 7-10 years of relevant professional experience in the design, development, and testing of optical satellite systems 
  • Understanding and knowledge of optical communication links and systems
  • Experience in requirement based systems engineering
  • Expertise in the following fields is considered an asset:

- Quantum Key Distribution (QKD)
- Design, testing and operation of optical ground stations and laser communication terminals
- ESA projects / ECSS
- Overall satellite design, operations, and testing

  • Willingness to travel internationally and do regular on-site supplier visits
  • Willing to undergo a security clearance procedure as this position might require holding security clearance


Nice to Have


  • Foster a culture of continuous learning. Offer assistance and guidance when needed and act as a mentor for colleagues, promoting a collaborative environment
  • Work collaboratively with others by actively participating in team meetings, brainstorming sessions, and problem-solving activities.
  • Promote a positive and inclusive work environment where team members feel comfortable sharing their ideas and working together to achieve common goals
  • Keep up to date on relevant technological developments, industry trends and emerging technologies.
  • Business-oriented and business proactive towards potential and/or current customers
  • Proven ability to navigate conflicts by actively listening to all perspectives and by seeking common ground.




  • Flexible working policy
  • Bonus plan
  • Comprehensive and competitive benefits plan
  • A range of wellness activities and employee assistance programs 
  • An employer that values all aspects of Diversity and respects every individual’s story

SES is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to workplace diversity & inclusion. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or other characteristics protected by local, state, or federal law.

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