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VN 20/37 Ground Systems Security Engineer

In the EUMETSAT matrix organisation, the Generic Systems and Infrastructure Division (GSI) of the Technical and Scientific Support (TSS) department is responsible for engineering, maintaining and upgrading all multi-mission ground segment functions, services, infrastructure and tools used across operational satellite systems and the development of new satellite systems, including contribution to the operational management of the cross-organisational Information Security Management System.

As a member of the Security Team of the Generic Systems and Infrastructure (GSI) division, the Ground Systems Security Engineer will supervise, coordinate and assess the implementation of IT security for all operational and corporate IT systems, and support security aspects of the development of new ground systems.


  • Supervise, coordinate and verify the implementation of the Information Security Management System (ISMS) at operational level, including infrastructure, network, storage, computers and software, for all IT security aspects, across different EUMETSAT divisions;
  • Organise, execute, evaluate and follow-up security audits;
  • Identify, report and follow-up on relevant security vulnerabilities;
  • Provide expertise on security requirements, architecture definition and implementation, to the development and/or procurement of new systems and security solutions;
  • Maintain appropriate contacts with special interest groups relating to security, and/or other specialist security forums;
  • Provide security training and contribute to security awareness initiatives at organisational level.


Darmstadt, Germany


A university degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Computer and Network Security.



The official languages of EUMETSAT are English and French. Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.


10 September 2020


  • Definition of security-related requirements;
  • Architecture of IT Security solutions for networks, computer systems and application software;
  • Implementation and maintenance of an Information Security Management System (ISMS), including security software and tools, in 24/7 high-availability environments;
  • Security auditing and ethical hacking on operational systems;
  • Incident response and forensics;
  • Security standards like ISO/IEC 27001 & 27002.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and team working skills;
  • Critical thinking, methodical and organised approach to work combined with an aptitude for detail and accuracy.
  • A university degree in a relevant discipline e.g. Computer and Network Security.
  • CISSP or a similar certification are an advantage.


The initial contract will be of 4 years’ duration, with subsequent 5 year contracts being awarded thereafter, subject to individual performance and organisation requirements. There is no limit to the amount of follow-up contracts a staff member can receive up to the EUMETSAT retirement age of 63 and there are certainly opportunities to establish a long career perspective at EUMETSAT.
This post is graded A2/A4 on the EUMETSAT salary scales. The minimum basic salary for this post is EURO 5,797 per month (net of internal tax) which may be negotiable on the basis of skills and experience. The salary scale provides for increments on the anniversary of taking up employment, and scales are reviewed by the EUMETSAT Council with effect from 1 January each year. In addition to basic salary, EUMETSAT offers attractive benefits. Further information, including salary details, is available on the EUMETSAT web site.

EUMETSAT is committed to providing an equal opportunities work environment for men and women.
Please note that only nationals of EUMETSAT Member States may apply. The EUMETSAT Convention requires that Staff shall be recruited on the basis of their qualifications, account being taken of the international character of EUMETSAT.


EUMETSAT is Europe’s meteorological satellite agency. Its role is to establish and operate meteorological satellites to monitor the weather and climate from space - 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. This information is supplied to the National Meteorological Services of the organisation's Member and Cooperating States in Europe, as well as other users worldwide.

EUMETSAT also operates several Copernicus missions on behalf of the European Union and provide data services to the Copernicus marine and atmospheric services and their users.

As an intergovernmental European Organisation, EUMETSAT has 30 Member States (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and the United Kingdom.)