Ground Segment System Engineer

Company Details

RHEA Group is an international leading Space and Security engineering organisation providing engineering services and customised technology solutions enabling the design, operation and utilisation of space systems and other critical infrastructure. We attract skilled engineers, scientists and management professionals worldwide; and offer a range of exciting career paths within our organisation and working alongside clients such as the UK Space Agency, the European Space Agency, the European GNSS Agency, NATO, the European Commission, EUMETSAT, etc.

Why join RHEA?

We are a growing international company, with over 700 staff working in 11 countries. Our teams are involved in innovative space missions and cutting-edge projects in security, concurrent design, data and ground systems.

When you join us, you will work alongside recognized industry experts, either on our clients’ premises or in our offices across Europe and Canada. This is your opportunity to boost your career and shape the future of the space, security and systems engineering industries.

We are looking for a Ground Segment System Engineer to work in Darmstadt, Germany.

The key individual will have the opportunity to join our current team, and support on the tasks required for a system engineering service of ground segments and sub-segments, which have been subject to developments and evolutions.

This diverse role will allow you to cover activities though different phases of ground segment activities, from 0/A to Phase D.

Tasks and Activities

The scope of work will include:

  • Implementing engineering activities in Phase 0/A and B:
    • Feasibility and requirements definition/consolidation phase with preparation of Preliminary Requirement Reviews and/or Ground Segment System Requirements Reviews and Preliminary Definition phase with preparation of Preliminary Design Reviews Data Packages.
  • Implementing engineering activities in Phase C/D:
    • Detailed Definition phase with preparation of Critical Design Reviews Data Packages.
    • Qualification and Production Phase with preparation of Integration, System and Acceptance Test Readiness/Results Reviews data packages.
  • Implementing Ground Segment engineering activities in Phase E:
    • Assessing system performance during operational phase with preparation of ground systems operational status reports.
    • Assessing identified anomalies, participating in ARBs and coordinating/following up assigned actions for related ARs.
    • Implementing/following-up of change control/management processes (e.g. ECPs and ETs).
  • Implementing Ground System engineering activities for I&V campaigns, including:
    • Defining VCDs, I&V plans and test specifications and procedures.
    • Coordinating or following up of Integration activities.
    • Coordinating or following up of Verification activities.
    • Contributing to validation activities.

Skills and Experience

The following skills and experience are mandatory:

  • A university degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline.
  • At least 5 years of demonstrated experience in the areas and disciplines stated:
    • System engineering practices and processes, including knowledge of ECSS standards and system life cycle processes.
    • Extensive experience in ground segments for large and complex Earth Observation missions, including processing software.
    • Management and traceability of complex requirements structures and the management of their verification via VCDs.
    • Preparation of ground segment documentation relating to requirements engineering, design, and IV&V planning and execution.
  • Demonstrated experience in the above, with emphasis on overall systems engineering aspects of ground segments or IV&V of ground segments.
  • Fluent in English, written and spoken.
  • The ability to maintain a system overview. You should have a systematic approach to the work and be able to plan the work and to cope with tight schedules and multiple tasks.
  • The ability to write accurate and consistent technical documentation, and the ability to rapidly absorb, and make use of, information presented in written and oral communications in a dynamic context.

The following skills would be highly desirable:

  • Experience with the DOORS tool.


What we offer

  • Competitive remuneration packages
  • Unique career opportunities, including working in other countries
  • Personalized training and development programmes
  • Flexible relocation support
  • Stable company with a family atmosphere.
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