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Engineer, Spacecraft Subsystem (Payload)

Requisition Number:  11514
Contract Type:  Permanent

Betzdorf, LU Manassas, VA, US


The Spacecraft Engineer, Payload Subsystem will part of the team in charge of Payload Engineering, spacecraft in-orbit operations and performance monitoring, as well as support to spacecraft planning, design and procurement for the GEO and/or MEO Fleet.


Extended Job Description:




  • Monitor health status and provide on-call support for satellites in operation, including recovery and follow-up of eventual spacecraft off-limit conditions, anomalies and service interruptions
  • Ensure Customer satisfaction in line with SLA terms and maximize satellite fleet availability and longevity
  • Support procedure development of payload mission of the current and upcoming satellites. Ensure lessons learned are applied.
  • Develop and maintain new integrated payload applications and tools required for performance monitoring, operation automation, resource optimization and constellation performance
  • Act as Payload expert for other people in SES Group and to satellite users pertaining to satellite performance. Support end-to-end design solutions. Requires a thorough understanding of end-to-end communications link budgets and infrastructure
  • Support and prepare for spacecraft anomalies and contingency operations, including new operational solutions, for contingency operations at spacecraft and fleet level
  • Support Payload mission, operations and phasing of the MEO satellites into constellation.
  • Support Payload IOT, transition and phasing for Start of Service.
  • Support the design and procurement of new satellites, for spacecraft design reviews, integration, ground and in-orbit testing.
  • Develop training material and provide technical training to internal Customers



  • Have a thorough understanding of the satellite payload subsystems, including the management all the equipment on board of the spacecraft that is required for proper transmission of the customer signal
  • Have strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Have strong computer software skills. Intermediate or advance in analytical programming languages (Python, visual Basic and/or Matlab and / or Web Dev) or any Web Development programming languages are a plus. Familiar with data retrieval, data analytics, machine learning and artificial intelligence
  • Have a sound theoretical knowledge, and be eager to implement it in a practical environment
  • Be able to provide 24/7 on-call support, react to contingencies and cope with high stress situations
  • Have a strong sense of initiative and a self-starter attitude
  • Ability to adapt to fast-paced or custom situations with innovative and effective solutions
  • Ability to develop autonomously new methods, applications meeting new business requirements
  • Ability to effectively respond to and interact with all levels of organizational staff
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and oral, and team-spirit
  • Be willing to integrate into an international environment
  • Have a thorough understanding of Digital Transparent Processor Design and Operations



  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering (master’s degree preferred), with a specialization in Radio Frequency telecommunications. Previous exposure to digital payload technology and operation is considered a strong asset


SES is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer



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