Spacecraft Controller


Direct Entry Job Permanent Hawthorn, Corsham, UK

Uploaded 29 Sep 2019

Job Description

Job Description: 

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

Title: Spacecraft Controller

Division/Function: Defence/Skynet 5

Location: Hawthorn, Corsham

Competitive basic salary plus benefits

The role:

The spacecraft controller role is to monitor and maintain the health and safety of the Skynet satellite constellation. There are 16 shift operators and currently 12 are CAT2 qualified, 4 are CAT1 qualified. The SC is responsible to the LSC for the accurate commanding of the spacecraft.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Ensure all agreed operational policies, processes and procedures are adhered to.
  • Ensure compliance with Serco’s mandatory training requirements.
  • Represent Serco and the Customer at meetings and briefings as required.
  • Ensure all meetings are attended as required or, provide a suitable deputy.
  • Comply with, and ensure adherence to, the QHSE, FIRE, HR and Security Policies.
  • Conduct any reasonable tasks or assignments as requested by line management.
  • Ensuring the health and safety of the Skynet fleet, ensuring all operations are IAW with documented procedures and are completed in a safe and timely manner.
  • Ensure awareness of Operational and Contract KPIs and contribute to meeting targets set.
  • Interpreting Orbital Software outputs.
  • Correct operation of Flight Auto-Procedures either manually or initiated by the Task Scheduler, ensuring the correct argument files are loaded.
  • Correct and timely configuration of the Tracking Telemetry & Command (TT&C) path.
  • Correct and timely configuration and initiation of Spacecraft Ranging as scheduled.
  • Successfully completing the Annual Cat 2 Formal Appraisal Board.

On occasion we receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities.  Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

Person Specification

What we are looking for:

  • Degree Qualified in a science related subject or experience in a space operational enviroment
  • Desirable - Experience in a satellite operations enviroment
  • Desirable - Minimum of CAT2 Spacecraft Controller