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VN 20/15 Quality Assurance Engineer (TSS)

In the EUMETSAT matrix organisation, the Technical and Scientific Support (TSS) department provides support to the development and operations of EUMETSAT satellite systems, in particular ground systems, as well as quality assurance and management support services to the full organisation, through its Process Assurance and Management Support Division (PRS).

  Within the PRS Division, the Quality Assurance engineer supports the development projects, operations support services and other activities under the responsibility of the TSS department, including the definition and implementation of Quality Assurance requirements and processes.



  • Provide quality and product assurance for the maintenance and evolution of operational ground systems and support services, including organisation of reviews and management and follow up of technical investigations;
  • Establish quality requirements for technical support contracts and monitor their implementation, including reporting and acting upon detected deviations, anomalies and non-conformities;
  • Perform project quality assurance activities in support of project management, including definition, compilation and analysis of key project quality indicators, identifying non-conformities and facilitating the project risk management process;
  • Define, analyse, and improve Quality Assurance processes of relevance to the TSS engineering activities, development projects and operations support services
  • Monitor the effective implementation of QA processes and requirements, and reporting on any relevant findings, gaps and issues;
  • Participate in Internal Quality Audits and Quality Audits on external contractors;
  • Support the harmonisation and standardisation of organisational processes for all QA aspects, contributing to their continual improvement;
  • Ensure lessons learnt in TSS projects are gathered, assessed, recorded and implemented/applied as relevant to subsequent projects.


Darmstadt, Germany


A university degree in engineering or computer science (or another relevant discipline).  

Certification in quality assurance, management or auditing would be an advantage.


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


4 May 2020


  • Proven experience of minimum 5 years in providing quality assurance for large-scale software-intensive systems (e.g. aerospace or software intensive sectors);
  • Experience in the definition and assessment of processes, good practices and/or standards in the field of quality assurance, combined with good knowledge and practice of the ISO 9001 and/or other relevant QA standards;
  • Direct experience of software QA/PA would be an advantage;
  • Experience with new technologies (e.g. Cloud Computing, Docker) and development methodologies (e.g. Agile, DevOps) would be an advantage;
  • Excellent analysis, synthesis and presentation skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with the ability to apply these to interactions within and between teams.


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.)