Experienced Ground Systems Operation Engineer

Closing Date
8 February 2021


The group AAC Clyde Space offers turnkey solutions and services from mission design to on-orbit operations, including reliable customizable satellite platforms in the range of 1 to 50 Kg and a full range of subsystems for cube and small satellites. With unrivalled flight heritage and end-to-end service, AAC Clyde Space enables customers to reach their mission goals through a single, trusted point of contact.

In 2018, AAC Clyde Space launched its Spacecraft Operations services and started operating Seahawk‑1. Two years later, AAC Clyde Space is deploying operations automation for many more satellites currently under build. To support the rapidly growing customer demand, the company is looking to expand its Spacecraft Operations team. This is a unique opportunity for anyone aiming at pursuing a career in the space industry with the ambition to leave a mark.

As Ground Segment Systems Operation Engineer, you will be trained as Operations engineer to interact with satellites and improve our operation automation capability. Within the team, your primary role will be to ensure of the compatibility and quality of service for the Ground segment.



  • Driving the design of mission-specific ground segment (link budget, data budget, RF and protocol level compatibility)
  • Leading early-stage compatibility analysis onboard radio <> ground station network
  • Leading any necessary RFP and ground network service provider trade-off and contract negotiation
  • Managing the relevant regulatory aspects (with supporting partners where required)
  • Specifying ground segment design, interfaces with ground stations / Mission Control Software, test plans and relevant procedures
  • Overseeing ground system validation test
  • Being the internal reference for any issue RE: RF hardware/software and space communication protocols, link budget analysis

As a secondary part of the role, you will also be trained as Spacecraft Operations engineer to interact with satellites using our dedicated Mission Control Software suite and improve our Operations Centre automation capability. This will include:

  • Leading spacecraft in-orbit phases (including preparing the operation plan, procedures & tools and leading pre-launch and in-orbit commissioning test campaigns)
  • Interacting with customers while preparing flight plans and regularly reporting on the health and main activities of their spacecraft
  • Work with experienced engineers to analyse satellite data, provide health trends and to investigate in-orbit anomalies
  • Take ownership of any arising issue and propose/implement short and long term solutions
  • Build documentation and processes for the Operation Centre and for external missions (edition of procedures, user manuals, training materials, architecture charts, ICDs…)

Eventually you would be responsible for leading the operations of commercial satellites / services from contract to in-orbit mission operations.

You will be working in close collaboration with the Spacecraft Operations / Mission Analysis / Platform design teams, sharing experience, developing the Operations capability and working towards mission objectives.

You are a quick learner and enthusiastic problem-solver with a systems mindset, you are flexible, able to work under pressure and to take ownership of work packages. You are also comfortable with new software and able to adapt while respecting quality assurance processes and keeping a high level of communication. Then please reply promptly as this position is available to fill immediately.

Note: the role includes on-call assignment and out of hours work when required, compensated appropriately

This position is available to fill immediately, so applicants are encouraged to reply promptly.

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AAC Clyde Space has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the EU. Therefore, if you are made an offer of employment, this will be subject to AAC Clyde Space verifying that you are eligible to work in the EU before you start work. AAC Clyde Space are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

Please note that if you have not heard anything from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, your application has on this occasion been unsuccessful. You will be sent an email by our recruitment team acknowledging receipt of your application and we would welcome that you follow up with them for feedback.

Closing date 8 February 2020

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