IV&V System Engineer

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The main objective of the role will be to carry out Engineering and Integration, Validation and Verification (IV&V) tasks, supporting EUMETSAT with the development of the CO2M System and the Overall Ground Segment (OGS) to operate and exploit the CO2M mission. The activities will focus on the Mission Data Processing Sub-segment (MDPS), Mission Control & Operations Sub-segment (MCOS) and Overall Ground Segment for the mission.

Tasks include:

  • System Requirements Definition and Maintenance Process
    • Update the requirements in electronic repositories (i.e. DOORS databases)
    • Contribute to the generation of the requirements at Sub-segment and Component levels
    • Ensure that the traceability of the Sub-segment requirements is properly maintained
  • Ground Segment and Sub-segment System & Interface Design
    • Prepare System Engineering models and contribute to the design activities of the ground segment
    • Perform trade-off studies
    • Contribute to the analysis of the ground segment
    • Contribute to the selection of the processing H/W target platform and sizing of H/W infrastructure
    • Document the design of sub-segment and ground segment and the interfaces
    • Contribute to the process of updating the design documentation and interface documentation following the standard review process (RIDs to DDF, DJF and ICDs in SRR, PDR, CDR…)
  • Integration, Verification & Validation (IV&V)Support the preparation and execution of test specification and test procedures for the integration, verification and validation of System, Overall Ground Segment and OGS Sub-segments
    • Support the preparation, use and automation of Test Tools and Test Data in support of IVV activities
    • Contribute to the planning (including test plans) of test campaigns for integration, verification and validation of System, Overall Ground Segment and OGS Sub-segments
    • Contribute to software and hardware configuration deployment, configuration control and verification activities
    • Contribute to Anomaly processing activities
    • Participate in the test campaigns, contributing to the recording of evidences and anomalies, and the preparation of Verification Control Document (VCD)
    • Feed the corporative tools (DOORS, VERDI) with IVV information regarding the trace of test procedures and reports to requirements
    • Preparation (or contribution to) of Verification Reports for the requirements with verification methods set to Review of Design, Analysis and Inspection
    • Support rehearsals and launch preparation activities, satellite commissioning and system commissioning activities
  • Ground Segment and Sub-segment Model Based System Engineering (MBSE)
    • Contribute to the process of linking engineering information stored in different MBSE tools (typically DOORS, and Enterprise Architect)
    • Contribute to the design of the Sub-segments using System Engineering models
    • Contribute to the update the System Engineering models to cope with the evolution along the development phase of the design information
  • Contribution to CO2M activities, including reviewing requirements and specification for components of the ground segment, as well as reviewing design and interface documentation and IVV documentation developed by external contracts.

Experience Required: 


  • Fluency in English (spoken and written)
  • Ability to write accurate and consistent technical documentation
  • At least 3 years’ experience in Systems Engineering and IV&V related activities for at least one major element of a ground segment for earth observation missions
  • Knowledge of space and ground system engineering processes, and system and software life-cycles and standards
  • Experience in change control Procedures
  • Demonstrated experience with UNIX/Linux operating systems Advantageous:


  • At least 3 years’ proven  experience in the  integration, verification and  validation (IV&V) of data  processing systems and/or  processors, including  generation of test plan, test  specification, procedures  and test reports for end-to end processing chains  Knowledge of ECSS Standards
  • Experience in writing technical requirements
  • Definition, management and  traceability of requirements  structure with the support  of dedicated tools (e.g.  DOORS)
  • Experience in interface  management and definition,  including familiarity with  mechanisms and tools for  detailed interface definition  and capability to prepare  and manage ICD
  • Experience with formal  testing (FAT/OSAT),  including preparation of test  procedures, TRRs/TRBs
  • Experience of automatic  testing environments and  test automation to support  Integration, Verification and  Validation of Ground  Segments
  • Experience in formal  verification control  processes (VCBs) and  maintenance of VCDs
  • Use of modelling and design  languages for System  Engineering (e.g. SysML)  and tools in support of  architectural design  activities (e.g. Enterprise  Architect)
  • Experience in operational  environments under strict  configuration management  rules
  • Knowledge of Development  and maintenance of  operational procedures  and/or configuration data
  • Knowledge of Spacecraft  and/or ground segment  operations
  • Experience with Data Processing systems for earth observation missions
  • Knowledge of and/or  experience of quality  control, calibration and  validation
  • Experience with Satellite Mission Control systems for earth observation missions
  • Experience with Ground  Stations and/or  EUMETSAT Multi-Mission  Elements for archiving,  monitoring, data  dissemination
  • Knowledge of scripting
  • Experience with ground  segment test data, including  reconditioning, change  control, and related test  tools
  • Knowledge of IT/ground  segment technologies:  relational databases,  virtualisation, networking,  SW deployment tools, etc.
  • Knowledge of programming languages (e.g. C/C++, Java and IDL)

Soft skills:

  • High degree of working autonomy
  • Problem solving
  • Good analytical skills
  • High degree of interpersonal awareness
  • Experience in working as part of a multicultural team

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