Project Planning Engineer (19-13-056)

Job Description

We are looking for a Project Planning Engineer for our customer, EUMETSAT. You will focus on defining and maintaining the EPS-SG system development logic, schedule, all subsystem interactions and to report system schedule changes. The EPS-SG system covers the space segment (satellite and instruments), ground segment, satellite application facilities (SAFs), launcher service and LEOP service, as well as the corresponding Integration, Verification & Validation (IVV) and operations preparation activities. Satellite development is carried out under ESA responsibility but must be coordinated with all other EUMETSAT developments, and all of its interactions with the rest of the system will be defined as part of this activity.  The tasks and responsibilities to be undertaken during the EPS-SG Phase C and Phase D will typically include the following:

  • Maintain the system development logic covering all system elements, up to the time of the handover of the last satellite to the Operations Department
  • Maintain a detailed system development schedule in coordination with all subsystems and partners, together with a critical path analysis of each version of the schedule
  • Identify all interactions between subsystems and partners, and associate them with main system development milestones and the program work breakdown structure
  • Provide inputs to the sections of the System Development Plan concerning system development logic, schedule and interactions
  • Prepare and maintain Interactions Documents for partners, defining all interactions between subsystems, together with their need dates. Interactions will cover such areas as:
    • Deliverables: hardware, software, databases, documentation, algorithms, test data sets, tools, configuration statuses
    • Support: mutual review support, joint test and operational rehearsals preparation and execution, test data analyses
    • Access: to services, sites, facilities, infrastructure and interfaces
  • Manage the configuration of all schedule and Interactions Documents versions
  • Follow up all subsystem developments and participate in any necessary meetings and reviews
  • Track progress against agreed development plans and Interaction Documents and signal any likely or identified deviations from these plans, together with proposals to reduce the impact of any delays
  • Provide regular tracking metrics and summary reports on system development progress against the development schedule and the status of interactions
  • Travel within Europe, to the United States and possibly other parts of the world may have to be undertaken for certain tasks.

Required Skills and Experience

  • University degree in the domain of engineering, science, or equivalent
  • At least 5 years of experience in the field of planning and scheduling large-scale system development (phase C/D)
  • Demonstrated ability to define system development logic and schedules and successfully implement them
  • Demonstrated ability to understand the system components and their development constraints
  • Proficiency with MS-Project

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Experience in supporting management of large space systems development
  • Demonstrated experience of defining system interactions and successfully implementing them in a large project


Work Location

Darmstadt, Germany


Start of Work: February 2020 or earlier

Application Deadline: 09 December 2019

Important Notes

Before applying to this position, please read the page How to Apply.
Applicants must be EU citizens or have a valid work and residence permit for the above-mentioned work location.
Security, identity and reference checks on the candidates are part of the recruitment process.

Job Application

Please send your applications electronically to before the application deadline 09 December 2019.