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Iris ATN/IPS Engineer (001817) in London at Inmarsat

Date Posted: 3/23/2018

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Job Description

Primary role purpose:

Iris will start by deploying an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) on about 20 short haul aircraft for validation flight trials in Europe.  The IOC stage will utilise the existing ATN/OSI protocol that runs over the European VHF Datalink network today.  In parallel Iris will undertake R&D activities into future technologies that could be deployed in a Final Operational Capability (FOC).  One of these studies is an evolution from ATN/OSI to ATN/IPS.  This post focuses on the initial development and implementation of ATN/IPS into SATCOM.  There is a need for an experienced engineer with an ability to drive the definition, prototyping and detailed design of an ATN/IPS capability.  A key challenge is that the requirements are in an early stage of definition and need to be refined through trade-off studies and pre-developments.  

The role will have a significant external facing element.  The post holder will be responsible for specifying and running competitive procurements, then ensuring that contractors deliver high quality outcomes.  A track record of working with multi-disciplined teams and external subcontractors to meet established deadlines for program milestones is essential, as well as experience delivering innovative solutions to the aviation market. Preference will be given to candidates with in-depth experience of Inmarsat services, networking technology, and aviation safety standards.  

The role will require co-ordination with a wide range of other project teams both within and external to Inmarsat. The successful candidate will be required to represent Inmarsat as the technical expert in meetings with vendors and must be capable of dealing confidently with experts in similar and different disciplines. The role will require regular travel, mostly within Europe, occasionally further afield.

Job Requirements

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead the ATN/IPS activities covered in the Iris Programme, ensuring that the various work streams are coordinated towards common goals, including the early flight trials of ATN/IPS.
  • Lead development of ATN/IPS technology roadmaps, concepts, high level requirements, preliminary design and trade studies
  • Support the identification, down selection and technology predevelopments derived from the study work relating to initial ATN/IPS implementation.
  • Support the Iris Technical Lead on engineering activities related to the pre-development activities being conducted in the Iris FOC stream.
  • Specify and run competitive procurements, for a number of activities, amongst industrial partners, and once the awarded manage the subcontractor’s work through to completion. Some of these subcontractor projects are expected to last the course of the programme. 
  • Ensure that the work by contractors satisfies Inmarsat and ESA’s quality standards, proactively take corrective action where necessary.
  • Support the Inmarsat contribution towards ATN/IPS standardisation activities within WG-108, RTCA SC 223, and AEEC.
  • Work with the consortium to determine whether proposed concepts and designs align with the Inmarsat technical design to meet the overall Iris goal.


Essential Knowledge and Skills:

  • Degree in Electrical or Electronic Engineering or equivalent.
  • Experience in satellite communications systems design, network and architecture.
  • Strong analytical capability, able to conduct system engineering and technology trade-offs
  • Knowledge of Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN).
  • Knowledge of IP Protocols.
  • Knowledge of Communication security risk assessment and architecture definition
  • Good knowledge of software development and engineering techniques
  • Technically fluent in telecommunications technologies, an understanding of IP-based mobile networking technologies and satellite systems backbone
  • Strong inter-personal skills along with the ability to establish and maintain relationships and trust
  • Ability to work in a complex, international matrix organization alongside 3rd-parties


Desirable Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge in Aeronautical standard (e.g. ARINC)
  • Knowledge in Aeronautical Certification Processes
  • Knowledge on Aviation security
  • Broad experience and knowledge of data, systems, technology and security architecture.
  • Knowledge of Inmarsat and other satellite communications systems.
  • Knowledge of DSP implementation and architecture.
  • Knowledge of hardware development including RF design.
  • Knowledge of networking technology including routers, switches, and firewalls
  • Experience in the identification and capture of IT functional and non-functional requirements for large, complex projects



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