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(Senior) Engineer, Ground Systems 1

Requisition Number:  17778
Contract Type:  Permanent

Somis, CA, US Manassas, VA, US Woodbine, MD, US

The Ground Systems Engineer will efficiently implement the ground systems and TT&C infrastructure for SES GEO/MEO satellites, leading cross departmental teams to design/provide ground systems for the next generation GEO/MEO satellite networks to be implemented and operated for SES.

In this position you will need knowledge of all aspects of systems, services, procedures, and any other constraints and 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.

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

  • Lead the analysis, design and specification 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
  • Efficiently own, follow-up and support the implementation of the project, 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 the required resources (e.g. contractors and suppliers) in an integrated approach towards the internal or external stakeholders

  • This includes the successful design and specification of e.g.:

- fix and mobile earth station and teleport/gateway solutions for video/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 and 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 a deep knowledge of RF and telecom theory
  • Minimum 5-7 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
  • Experience with GEO, MEO, and/or LEO Satellite Ground Systems 
  • Proven experience with tools like Word, Excel, Excel VBA, Powerpoint, MS Project, Visio, AutoCad, Lotus Notes, Windows and Linux
  • Willingness to travel internationally up to 20% of the time
  • Fluency in written and verbal English


Nice to Have

  • Software development skills in Keysight VEE, Postgres SQL, C/C++, Mathlab
  • Good negotiations skills with commercial abilities 
  • Efficient analytical skills, coordination & priority setting facility, problem solving, project & time management, critical task decision making, as well as the ability to provide practical conclusions


The base salary range for this full-time position is $100,000.00 - $135,000.00 + bonus + benefits. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. The range displayed on this job posting reflects the target salary for new hires in Washington, DC Metro Area. Within the range, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education or training   



  • Flexible working policy
  • Bonus plan
  • 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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