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Engineer, Ground Systems

Requisition Number:  15781
Contract Type:  Permanent

Manassas, VA, US


In this role as a Ground Systems Engineer, you become part of the innovative US and European based team that focuses on the end-to-end design and development of the SES GEO/MEO ground systems. You will be a key member of a cross functional team of innovators and problem solvers, working on unique multi-orbit solutions that will enable millions of people to stay connected.  You will implement the ground systems and TT&C Infrastructure for SES GEO/MEO satellites being part of a team of cross functional engineers for the development, design, implementation, and end to end operations of the SES/Customer Ground Gateway systems.


Do you have...

  • A strong understanding of Antenna/RF Systems?
  • Strong analysis skills and/or familiarity with MatLab?
  • Ability to communicate well amongst including translating technical language to layman terms?


If so, please continue reading this job description as you may have the skills we are looking for!


Extended Job Description:


  • Implement RF earth station solutions including antennas, High Performance Antennas (HPAs), switch matrix, up/down converters, modulators, inter-facility connection equipment and Co-lo space
  • Implement the integration of measurement, communications, monitoring and control systems (including Service IOT and M&C Systems)
  • Perform transmission analysis and studies in support of business development and customer services, including:
    • Link/level budget calculations
    • Development of Excel VBA/Software based tools
    • Block/design drawing and other detailed studies in support of gateway ground systems
  • 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
  • Perform remote configuration, management and troubleshooting of GW Infrastructure
  • Support the transition of the new products into operations
  • Coordinate end-to-end RF service commissioning at global SES Gateway locations across internal teams and customer representatives
  • Define, specify, and report on Key Performance Indicators applicable to Service Fulfilment and Service Assurance for SES Gateways and Teleports
  • Develop procedures and perform periodic calibration of ground systems



  • Organizational skills with high attention to details
  • Collaboration skills with both customers and fellow team members, in a remote set-up
  • Good written and verbal communication skills, with ability to explain complex concepts to non-technical stakeholders
  • Capacity to deliver under tight schedule



  • Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, RF Engineering, Telecommunications, or similar field
  • A first experience with "hands-on" engineering in the satellite communications domain as Development, Systems Engineer or Operations Engineer, Test & Integration Engineer
  • Preferably experience across fixed and mobile earth stations, and teleport/gateway solutions for video/data transmissions, content/data/IF/RF spectrum measurement
  • Operational experience of ground gateway systems and software systems / Monitoring & Control systems, Network Management Systems
  • Experience with MS Office, AutoCAD, Excel VBA
  • Familiar with Windows and Linux operating system, virtualization platforms
  • Experience with GEO, MEO, and/or LEO Satellite Ground Systems
  • Fluent in English



  • Ability to travel, up to 25% of the time, including international travel.



  • 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



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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