Satellite Operations Engineer – Glasgow

About this role: 

We are looking for an experienced, Satellite Operations Engineer to join our busy Engineering team, in a hybrid working role based in Glasgow (Scotland, UK) to support a diverse range of activities to deliver on our projects and missions. 

This opportunity is ideal for someone looking for responsibility and development opportunities of a technical nature in a dynamic, fast paced working environment with exciting missions, challenging commissioning and able to engage with customers.  You will have proven experience from regulated industries with the desire to grow your knowledge and expertise while adding value to our current ways of working.  You will not be afraid of challenges and happy to get involved!  

Given the nature of the role, there is some on-call and out-of-hours working involved. 

It is an exciting opportunity to be part of existing projects and missions where your work literally ends up in space!  


Key Responsibilities: 

The purpose of the role is to lead commissioning phases for new missions as well as ensuring normal operations for existing missions in line with cost, quality, safety, and time parameters.  The role also contributes towards design of mission-specific ground segments, preparing operation plans, as well developing/improving procedures & tools. 

  • Deliver work tasks and assignments in accordance to required standards and compliance requirements  
  • Application of functional and technical expertise to meet compliance requirements 
  • 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 


Skills required: 

  • Relevant degree or equivalent work 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 
  • Technical report and procedure writing to a high standard 
  • Ability to work independently as well as to effectively collaborate within cross cultural teams 
  • 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 
  • Attention to detail to ensure accurate work 
  • Demonstrates ownership of problems and works towards finding solutions 
  • Ability to organise self and prioritise workload of multiple projects in dynamic environment with tight deadlines 
  • 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:  

  • 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 
  • Previous experience working with small/medium sized companies 



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, OHB Sweden, Intuitive Machines, Orbital Micro Systems, the United States Airforce Academy, UK Space Agency, European Space Agency and NASA. 

AAC Clyde Space Group consists of the parent company AAC Clyde Space AB (publ) and subsidiaries in Sweden, the UK, the Netherlands, South Africa and the USA.  Our main operations are in these five countries, with partner networks in Japan and South Korea. 

AAC Clyde Space’s share is traded on the Nasdaq First North Premier Growth Market. 

Data Protection Policy 

As part of our recruitment process, we collect and process personal data relating to job applicants. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use this data, please click here to see our job applicant privacy notice. 

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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