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Controller, Spacecraft Operations

Requisition Number:  14584
Contract Type:  Permanent

Manassas, VA, US


The Spacecraft Operations team is responsible for 24/7 monitor and control of SES’s multi-orbit fleet of communication satellites. In this position you will operate GEO and/or MEO satellites to ensure asset safety, performance to customers, and maximize the spacecraft lifetime. You will also achieve accreditation and specialization on the ground systems and satellite platforms.


Do you have:

  1. Knowledge or experience with satellite and/or ground systems?
  2. Have a willingness to learn with high level of self-motivation?
  3. Experience with Python, C+, or other programming language?


If so, this may be a position of interest.  To review the full job description, please click below:


Extended Job Description:




  • Obtain Spacecraft Controller Ground System accreditation
  • Obtain Satellite Subsystem accreditations
  • Recommend updates to Controllers for operational procedures 
  • Troubleshoot and resolve ground and spacecraft sub-system anomalies
  • Maintain operation activity schedule, deconflict requests, and assure materials are available 
  • Monitor spacecraft telemetry data, transmit commands as required and perform ranging operations
  • Notify the Sub-System Engineer, Analyst, and/or other on-call personnel of any event not covered in the plans or procedures
  • Perform other duties as assigned by Manager



  • Ground Resources availability
  • Control Centre System availability
  • Ensure high transponder availability
  • Maximise longevity of the spacecraft
  • Perform annual re-accreditation and follow the scheduled training sessions
  • Safe operation of any spacecraft
  • Network and Ground scheduled interventions are performed without any operational impact
  • Log all actions performed at the console
  • Problems, issues, and sudden requests are properly escalated



  • SES Satellite, Software, Scheduling, Analysts, Flight Dynamics, and sub-system Engineers
  • SES Ground System Operations and Infrastructure
  • Work closely with TT&C stations
  • Other Satellite Operators
  • SES MEO and SES GEO SOC Controllers
  • Customer Services and IT



  • Self-motivated
  • Detail oriented 
  • Punctual 
  • Prioritization
  • Teamwork
  • Global cultural awareness
  • Problem solving 
  • Verbal and written communication 
  • Display an ability and interest to continuously learn
  • A willingness to be self-critical and learn from mistakes



  • This position requires the candidate to access controlled technical data subject to US export control laws.  Therefore, only candidates who are US citizens (by birth or naturalization), legal US permanent residents (i.e., green card holders), US nationals, asylees, refugees, other protected individuals under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, or who can otherwise meet federal export-control authorization requirements, are eligible  
  • Bachelor’s degree in Science/Engineering and/or 3 to 5 years of work experience in a similar field (a combination of experience and education will be considered)  
  • Ability to work on 24/7 rotating shifts including days, nights, weekends, and public holidays 
  • Ability to work with short notice  
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office tools



  • Moderate experience with satellite and/or ground systems
  • Experience with Python, C+, HTML/CSS/JS, or other programming language 



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, religion, gender, pregnancy, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, genetic information, protected veteran status, disability, or any other basis protected by local, state, or federal law. In conformity with U.S. Government technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and the Export Administration Regulations (EAR), and/or other applicable U.S. law, regulation or other requirements imposed by the U.S. Government, certain positions may require U.S. Citizenship, status as a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. or a “protected individual” as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligibility to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State or U.S. Department of Commerce.

Nearest Major Market: Washington DC

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