VN 19/13 Wide Area Network Engineer

  • Company: EUMETSAT
  • Job Location: Darmstadt - Germany
  • Date: March 7, 2019 17:29
  • Employment Type: Any
  • Experience: Any
  • Job Functions:

    Engineering, Information Technology

Job summary

Within the Wide Area Network (WAN) Services & Network Architecture Competence Area (CA) of the Generic Systems and Infrastructure (GSI) Division, the Wide Area Network Engineer supports the design, procurement and deployment of WAN infrastructure and services for current and emerging communication networks.

Job description


  • Support the definition of requirements for WAN services, and for maintenance, enhancement and major evolutions of the consolidated EUMETSAT communication network architecture;
  • Specify WAN communication systems requirements for the development of ground segments for future satellite systems including, if required, inter-agency data exchange;
  • Contribute to the design and development of scalable and sustainable mid- and long-term WAN solutions, including in some cases the deployment and testing of “proof of concept” solutions;
  • Manage the procurement of WAN engineering support services and/or WAN services, participate on tender evaluation boards and oversee the selected service providers during the execution of these contracts;
  • Maintain the schedule of existing contracts held within the competence area, including financial data and the planning for renewals, extensions;
  • Produce and maintain technical designs and detailed engineering specification documentation in support of internal processes;
  • Maintain and develop contacts with WAN suppliers while ensuring up-to-date knowledge is maintained on WAN products and solutions that reflect industry trends and best-practices.


  • Proven experience of WAN communication network engineering in high-availability (24/7) operational environments;
  • Experience in designing, developing and deploying network architectures and services according to recognised engineering standards;
  • In-depth knowledge of Cisco technology, services and solutions and some knowledge of software-defined WAN/networking;
  • Experience with ITIL or comparable IT processes, an ITIL certification would be advantageous;
  • Experience with producing and maintaining information-technology engineering documentation; 
  • Experience with defining requirements in communications or information technology and good knowledge of networking technology, services and solutions; 
  • Experience of interacting with industrial partners, in the context of procurements and management of service contracts; 
  • Basic experience with budget planning, invoicing and related workflows; 
  • Strong communication skills with the ability to transform complex technical information/requirements into comprehensible customer-business terminology; 
  • Strong team-working and interpersonal skills, with a demonstrable customer focus and experience working in a service driven environment;
  • A university degree in a relevant engineering discipline;
  • Candidates must be able to work effectively in English and have some knowledge of French.



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 5,612 per month (net of internal tax) which may be negotiable based on 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 based on 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.)