Satellite Operations Engineer – Glasgow

About this Satellite Operations Engineer role:

The role is for a proactive, technically minded and dynamic engineer to join our satellite operations team.  You would be leading commissioning phases for new missions as well ensuring nominal operations of existing ones.  You will contribute to the design of mission-specific ground segments, preparing operation plans, as well developing/improving procedures & tools.

There is some on-call and out-of-hours working involved, ensuring delivery of projects to cost, quality, safety and time parameters.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contributes to the business by effectively performing structured work assignments and to support problem-solving for non-routine issues
  • Ownership of satellite operations work packages in accordance with standards and compliance requirements
  • Drive the first weeks of our satellites’ lives through planning, preparation, and execution of the commissioning phases
  • Analyse data and investigate in-orbit anomalies, solving problems both individually and through collaboration with other engineering disciplines
  • Ensure nominal operations of existing missions and help improve existing processes
  • Support the design of mission specific ground segment systems for service and data delivery
  • Develop documentation and processes in according to regulations and licence requirements
  • Reporting both internally and to our customers.
  • Support to other engineering teams as required

Skills required:

  • A relevant degree or equivalent in experience
  • Demonstrated industry experience in a similar environment
  • Basic understanding of satellites and the space industry
  • Proven ability to effectively identify and debug issues with existing or new software
  • Ability to make technical decisions with a systems mindset
  • Quick thinking with the ability to remain calm under pressure, for example during live satellite communication passes
  • Uses drive and initiative to work towards finding solutions both independently and through collaboration across teams
  • Resilience and ability to organise self to prioritise workload in a high pressure, dynamic work environment
  • Customer focused with basic commercial understanding
  • Competent IT skills including Microsoft Software and familiarity with command line interfaces
  • Proficient in English, both verbally and written

Skills desired:

  • Experience in flight dynamics or operating spacecraft propulsion systems
  • Knowledge of space mission analysis and satellite design
  • Experience of programming in Python
  • Experience of RF / DSP engineering applied to space communications
  • Experience with space mission regulatory environment (ITU filings, insurances…)
  • Experience of testing or operating a satellite at system/mission level
  • Experience with constellation management


AAC Clyde Space, a leading New Space company, specialises in small satellite technologies and services that enable businesses, governments, and educational organisations to access high-quality, timely data from space. This data has a vast range of applications, from weather forecasting to precision farming to environmental monitoring, and is essential to improving our quality of life on Earth.

Our growing capabilities bring together three divisions:

  • Space Data as a Service – delivering data from space directly to customers
  • Space missions – turnkey solutions that empower customers to streamline their space missions
  • Space products and components – a full range of off-the-shelf and tailor-made subsystems, components, and sensors

AAC Clyde Space aims to become a world leader in commercial small satellites and services from space, applying advances in its technology to tackle global challenges and improve our life on Earth.

Some of our clients include Horizon Technologies, Orbcomm, NSLComm, OHB Sweden, Intuitive Machines, Orbital Micro Systems, the United States Airforce Academy, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency and NASA.

AAC Clyde Space’s main operations are located in Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the USA and South Africa, with partner networks in Japan and South Korea.

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Right to Work

AAC Clyde Space has a legal responsibility to ensure that all its employees have the legal right to live and work in the EU or the country in which they plan to work. 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 that country before you start work.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We aim to create a positive recruitment and selection experience across every part of our business. The company is committed to handling applications to a consistently high standard and all candidates with dignity and respect. Those involved in the recruitment and selection process will act with integrity, objectivity and professionalism.   We are committed to equal opportunities for all and to have diversity reflected within our global workforce. We believe its diversity and inclusion will allow for greater creativity and innovation to help AAC Clyde Space Group deliver the vision to help improve life on earth.

Openness to Flexible Working

We recognise work-life balance is important so we are open to discussions around flexible working, depending on the nature of the role and business needs.  If you would like to know more, please ask the Hiring Manager during any recruitment process that you may be involved in.

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