Space Operations Team Leader (Paris)

Paris  ‐ Onsite


Aerospace Engineering Concept of Operations Systems Engineering Architecture Incident Response Occupational Safety and Health French Telemetry Rapid Response Risk Analysis Satellites Simulations Orbital Mechanics Coaching and Mentoring Safety Principles Interceptor


Darwin Recruitment are currently hiring for a Space Operations Team Leader on behalf of a space company located in Paris that was founded in 2021, currently has around 25 employees looking to expand by a further 10 heads across 2024. This business is dedicated to addressing emergent threats such as space debris through cutting-edge technologies. With a focus on agility and rapid response, this business operates with a startup mentality, aiming to deploy solutions quickly to mitigate risks in the ever-evolving space industry. Their flagship technology, the interceptor, enables rapid access to space with 24 hours, facilitating critical missions like rendezvous and space debris capture. Their approach prioritizes emergency response capabilities, positioning them as leaders in the space industries urgent needs.

Joining the space operations department, you will be overseeing all the activities related to space segment operations, from iteration on the CONOPS to mission authorisation obtention, going through the redaction of operational procedures and the extraction of specifications for the ground segment. Supported by the space operations Chief Engineer, you will globally ensure that all mission objectives, LOS requirements, and safety standards are met.

First Missions
  • Getting up to speed on the mission CONOPS and past developments
  • Participating to the ground segment initial architecture and specification
  • Bringing the user perspective in the mission simulator development

  • Ensuring all mission operations adhere to applicable safety, quality, and LOS standards
  • Refining the space segment CONOPS
  • Redacting the operations handbook
  • Extracting applicable requirements related to ground segment functions and spacecraft commandability and reliability
  • Participating in the definition of the telecommand and telemetry data to be transmitted
  • Collaborating with the risks and quality teams to assess and mitigate mission risks and feared events
  • Contributing to the definition of internal space operations standards, processes, and tools
  • Leading the space operations team during the mission preparation and execution
  • Mentoring and training other team members

  • 7+ years of experience in a similar position, including participation to space operations (launches and/or spacecraft control)
  • Expertise in orbital mechanics, flight dynamics, and mission operations
  • High-level knowledge of systems engineering, spacecraft systems, and spacecraft performance
  • Hands-on experience in satellite operations is a plus
  • Ability to synthetize and structure in clear documentations
  • As we have an international team, knowledge of technical English is required. Fluency in French is a plus

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