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Controller, Spacecraft Operations

Requisition Number:  14683
Contract Type:  Limited (fixed-term)

Betzdorf, LU

For our Satellite Operations Centre in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, we are looking for a Controller for a one-year mission. 

The mission of the SOC team is to ensure the safe operations of the GEO/MEO satellite fleet and ensure that all planned activities are executed in a timely and accurate manner. 

  • Monitor and control a defined number of spacecraft to ensure safety and agreed performance levels for customers
  • Always act in the best interest of SES and its asset: maximise satellite lifetime, ensure satellite health and safety, document and report errors and interventions
  • Attentively observe operational status of entrusted fleet assets at all times to avoid irreparable spacecraft damage or loss of corporate revenue through service outages


  • Operate spacecraft in accordance with approved procedures and the daily operations plan, always remain vigilant regarding data anomalies
  • Give dedicated attention to perform error-free spacecraft commands
  • Keep your knowledge up-to-date and have the awareness to escalate for assistance, when required
  • Continuously monitor spacecraft telemetry and alarm status and respond to alarms or anomalous conditions by following the documented procedures and using good judgement
  • Report any anomaly accurately and precisely in the spacecraft operations logbook
  • Perform tests as described and approved by the Engineering teams
  • Assist in the development of schedules, logs, forms, charts, graphs and other elements designed to provide thorough records of performance
  • Analyse data, reports and logs and propose recommendations for improving the way of working
  • Maximise transponder availability through effective communication of operational issues (ground or spacecraft) to the Network Operations teams
  • Work in a 24/7 shift cycle
  • Work very closely with Engineering, Ground, Network and Customer Service personnel
  • Follow instructions and guidance from the senior staff and team leaders
  • Attend regular training sessions to tests for accreditation that the required level of knowledge has been attaint 
  • Obtain accreditation as assigned to you by management
  • Train procedures on the Dynamic Spacecraft Simulator on a regular basis
  • Perform other duties as required


  • Bachelor degree or equivalent level experience
  • Prior work experience in a technical environment
  • Computer literate (MS Office)
  • Track record in working autonomously and delivering on agreed standards
  • Technical knowledge in a related field
  • Driver’s license and personal car
  • This position requires the candidate to access controlled technical data subject to US export control laws



  • Transponder availability
  • Meet constellation operational constraints
  • Achieve certification level and maintain it

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