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(Senior) Engineer, RF Development (Advanced Systems Engineering)

Requisition Number:  11395
Contract Type:  Permanent

Betzdorf, LU


You will be responsible for supporting the development of new satellites and system concepts based on detailed evaluation of satellite designs and associated system performances.

You will contribute to the development, oversight, and innovation for RF systems incorporated in Satellite Earth Stations and on future satellite payloads; this includes all antenna (passive and active) and associated RF hardware development. You will also optimize the overall business metrics in collaboration with relevant SES teams.


Extended Job Description:




  • Provide specialist knowledge in the area of Electronically Steered Antenna Array development
  • Identify and develop appropriate technologies in the RF Systems domain to support the medium to long term strategic goals of SES
  • Responsible for several in-house prototyping design and testing projects: draft systems specifications for sub-system and integrated product developments; review vendor proposals in response to formal RFPs, RFIs and support design reviews and witness and review vendor test campaigns
  • Responsible for several hands-on in-house lab based innovative RF Systems Development projects (design of prototypes, assemblies and testing)
  • Support the development of breakthrough technologies such as Electronically Steered Arrays which will address gaps in the current portfolio of ground terminals and satellite payloads
  • Monitor and foster new developments in communication technologies and signal processing that can improve the performance of data links over SES/O3B satellites
  • Contribute to the definition of new systems concepts by proposing innovative RF building block and analysing the associated system performance 
  • Work with technology suppliers to present RF technology alternatives to product development teams
  • Stay abreast of the latest technology developments as a Subject Matter Expert to ensure SES’s early adoption and/or proactive reaction to such developments
  • Synthesize end-to-end satellite-centric system designs that meet customer requirements
  • Perform trade-offs of different architectures according to customer requirements
  • Support meetings with external customers to assist and provide guidance in the definition of technical solutions
  • Learn and utilize technical tools to assist in the achievement of the technical work



  • Pro-active team player with strong relationship building qualities and the ability to independently prioritise tasks and meet deadlines
  • Strong attention to details
  • Creative and open minded, always on the look-out for new technologies or new twists on old technologies which could create opportunities for SES
  • Ability to analyze complex and diverse problems that could have a major impact on the organization. This could include examining new ideas or finding the root cause of an existing problem in order to minimize the risk of reoccurrence
  • Thorough broad and deep understanding, ability to build on concepts and experience, and to contribute to shaping future technology innovation
  • Ability to evaluate options and present recommendations on initiatives which will have a significant contribution to business success and are likely to involve balancing risk with opportunity
  • Ability to learn to perform new tasks quickly, “can-do” mentality
  • Ability to produce and present in an inspiring manner to a variety of internal and external audiences, material in support of the department’s and company’s goals
  • Eager to stay up to date on industry / business trends and developments
  • Demonstrate effective intercultural awareness



  • Master’s Degree in Electrical/Telecommunication/Aerospace/Electronic Engineering related fields
  • Minimum 2 to 5 years of relevant RF development experience
  • Strong hands-on knowledge of RF systems design and development with specialist knowledge in the area of Electronically Steered Antenna Array Development and the use of beam steering techniques and RF MIMICS
  • Strong experience in specialized RF simulation tools and in development of ad hoc simulation tools using Matlab or Python
  • Ability to trouble shoot faulty designs and recommend remedial actions
  • Ability to ensure all designs meet the commercial and technical needs
  • Knowledge of the satellite industry
  • Fluency in English plus one other European language, knowledge of an Asian language is considered as an asset
  • Willingness to travel international, up to 30% of time


SES is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer

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