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Senior Engineer, Ground Systems

Requisition Number:  17395
Contract Type:  Permanent

Betzdorf, LU

The Ground Systems Engineer will efficiently implement the ground systems and TT&C infrastructure for SES's GEO/MEO satellites, leading cross departmental teams to design/provide ground systems for the next generation of GEO/MEO satellite networks to be implemented and operated for SES considering all aspects of systems, services, procedures, and any other constraints. Therefore, for this position you should have experience as pragmatic systems engineer in the Radio Frequency & Satellite Communications domain including TT&C infrastructure as well as effective and hands-on project implementer, owning all stakeholder relations.

If you are passionate about the satellite industry, join SES!


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

  • Lead the analysis, design, specification and implementation of SES’s Next Generation Teleport Communications Systems, Ground Monitoring & Control Systems, and any ground system that SES needs to fulfil their mission on a global basis
  • Own, follow-up and implement the related full project life cycles, including: 

- requirements collection/definition (for all system aspects of the final function) 
- project setup incl. budgeting and budget ownership during the project execution
- project/program management (including design/development or procurement)
- identifying and managing the required resources (e.g. contractors and suppliers) in an integrated approach towards the internal or external stakeholders

  • This includes the successful deployment (and/or design) of e.g.:

- fix and mobile earth station and teleport/gateway solutions for data transmissions (includes antenna, HPA, waveguide, switch matrix, converters, modulators, electrical & optical inter-facility links
- content/data/IF/RF spectrum measurement and monitoring and control systems 
- site facility infrastructure or IT infrastructure as required for such ground based systems

  • Perform transmission analysis, in particular link/level budget calculations, block/design drawing and other detailed/complex studies of any SatCom system in support of business development, customer services. It includes the RFP documents generation as well or the preparation and execution of factory and site acceptance tests
  • Perform and participate in ground system integration, test and operational validation of the ground segment, including generation of test plans and procedures and participation in system acceptance testing, ground readiness tests and network readiness tests
  • In the frame of cross sectional (or external supported) projects, lead expert team about project specific direction/objective setting, prioritization of tasks and technical/financial supervision
  • Deliver clear, concise, timely and constructive technical guidance and co-operative support to peers/customers in and outside the company as an established expert in the satellite and terrestrial ground engineering field and act as a trusted representative of the team and the company





Must Have

  • A recognized Electrical/Telecommunications Engineering degree (BS/MS or similar) with knowledge of RF and telecom theory
  • 6 to 10 years of “hands-on” engineering experience in satellite ground systems and worked successfully as Development or Systems Engineer and as Project Manager
  • Hands-on experience in RF measurement techniques, test, and verification of ground stations, and expertise in auxiliary systems like Network (IP, switching, routing), Monitoring and Control systems, power, HVAC, and civil engineering
  • Expertise with GEO, MEO, and/or LEO Satellite Ground Systems 
  • Proven experience with tools like Word, Excel, Excel VBA, PowerPoint, MS Project, Visio, AutoCAD, Windows and Linux operating systems and virtualization / containerized platforms and solutions
  • Software development skills in Keysight VEE, Postgres SQL, C/C++, MATLAB
  • Fluency in written and oral English
  • Willing to apply for security clearance


Nice to Have

  • Java or Python
  • Analytical skills, coordination & priority setting facility, problem solving, project & time management
  • Innovative mind, ability to identify and implement change and solve problems
  • Negotiations skills with commercial abilities 
  • Aware of and can evaluate relevant technological developments, market trends, competitive factors, standardization, licensing, and regulatory aspects




  • Flexible working policy
  • Bonus and equity plans
  • 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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