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Iris Future Operational Capability Lead (001818) in London at Inmarsat

Date Posted: 3/23/2018

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Job Description

Primary role purpose:

Iris will be in two parts: an Initial Operational Capability (IOC) that will deploy newly developed technology onto about 20 short haul aircraft for validation flight trials in Europe; and a Final Operational Capability (FOC) that will look further into the future and through study and prototyping will arrive at a detailed design.  This post focuses on FOC where we need an experienced engineer with a strong ability to develop relatively futuristic technology and operational concepts.  Some of the envisioned technology threads are: improved connectivity through advanced aircraft antenna systems, air interface enhancements that add resilience to aeronautical fading effects, reduced latency, multicast of information to groups of aircraft either by airline or airspace sector, possible complement to Inmarsat’s geostationary satellites with satellites in highly elliptical orbits.  A key challenge is that the requirements are in an early stage of definition and need to be refined through trade studies.   

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:

  • Take overall responsibility for the successful Iris FOC studies described above, ensuring that the various work streams are coordinated towards common goals
  • Lead development of technology roadmaps, concepts, high level requirements, preliminary design and trade studies
  • Support the identification, down selection and technology predevelopments derived from the study work.
  • Specify and run competitive procurements amongst industrial partners, and once the awarded manage the subcontractor’s work through to completion. Some of these subcontractor projects are expected to last over two years. 
  • Ensure that the work by contractors satisfies Inmarsat and ESA’s quality standards, proactively take corrective action where necessary.
  • Lead the peer review process of FOC subcontractor deliverables
  • Lead the Inmarsat contribution towards SATCOM Class A standardisation activities within WG-82, SC-222
  • Lead the specification and management of traffic analysis and modelling, systems evaluation and engineering analysis of the Iris FOC developments
  • Work with the consortium to determine whether proposed concepts and designs align with the Inmarsat technical design to meet the overall Iris goal.
  • Monitor and ensure requirements compliance throughout the delivery process, agreeing and documenting specification deltas


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
  • Broad experience and knowledge of data, systems, technology and security architecture.
  • Knowledge of Communication security risk assessment and architecture definition
  • Knowledge on cyber security
  • 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 of Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN).
  • Knowledge in Aeronautical Certification Processes
  • 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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