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Controller, Spacecraft Operations

Requisition Number:  13374
Contract Type:  Limited (fixed-term)

Betzdorf, LU

Role Description Summary:

The Controller, Spacecraft Operations has the following two main areas of contribution: (1) monitor and control several GEO and/or MEO satellites to ensure the safety of the assets providing the best performance to the customers and maximizing the spacecraft lifetime; (2) Achieve accreditation and specialization on the ground systems and satellite platforms of relevance.


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Extended Job Description:




Primary Responsibilities/Key Result Areas:

  • Operate spacecraft by approved procedures and the daily operations plan. Continuously monitor spacecraft telemetry and alarm status. Respond to alarms or anomalous conditions by using good judgment, in particular by applying the process of analyzing anomalous be-haviors, identifying the cause, implementing and verifying the appropriate contingency pro-cedure, and if necessary by calling for additional support
  • Reliable and accurate execution of spacecraft operating procedures.
  • Support to coordinate the availability and use of a diverse worldwide network of operational resources
  • Perform special tests on behalf of engineering by an approved procedure.
  • Originate spacecraft and equipment anomaly reports. Strive for accuracy in reporting the facts.  Maintain the spacecraft operations logbook concisely and accurately.
  • Assist in the development of schedules, logs, forms, charts, graphs, and other devices de-signed to provide thorough records of performance. Ensure that all displays for spacecraft operations are kept up-to-date.
  • Perform off-line data analysis.
  • Be able to create the Operations Schedule if instructed to do so (specific MEO SOC).
  • Responsible for the operational configuration of the station TT&C support path. Ensure that spacecraft telemetry and command capability is always available. For MEO SOC, manage the TT&C resources to track and command the satellites.
  • Manual and Autonomous execution of maneuver burn plans (Specific GEO SOC)
  • Rotate shifts on 24-hour duty, 7 days per week.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Manager.
  • Attend regular training sessions in order to achieve and maintain an accreditation level to per-form all required functions.

Who We Are Looking For (More About You):

In order To achieve the outcomes described above, we believe you will have the following:



  • Highest operational mindset and awareness
  • Ability to work without direct supervision
  • Display an ability and interest to continuously learn
  • Ability to work as a team member
  • A willingness to be self-critical and learn from mistakes - avoiding hubris
  • Acts within his or her circle of competence and know the boundary
  • Effective communicator with good written and oral reporting skills


Preferred Education & Experience (a combination of education and experience will be considered):

  • Bachelors Degree in science or equivalent experience.
  • Analytical skills combined with the capability to actively solve problems
  • Effective communicator with good written and oral reporting skills and excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good understanding of computer, baseband, and RF equipment associated with a TT&C facility.
  • Proficient with industry-standard office computer software such as word processors, databases, and spreadsheet applications


What’s in it for you:

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



The contents of this job description are subject to change. SES and its Affiliated Companies are committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and will consider all qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, religion, age, disability, veteran status, or other characteristic protected by local, state, or federal law



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