Staff Stories

Find out what our staff have to say about working at EUMETSAT.

Here's a representative selection of the staff we have working here at our headquarters in Darmstadt. Take in what they have to say about their day-to-day responsibilities; you'll find that there's no such thing as a typical routine, and there is a strong sense of accomplishment in providing an important service that makes a positive impact on millions of lives.



Presenting a new video series of EUMETSAT Staff Stories. In this video, we interview Stefano Pessina, Flight Dynamics Engineer.


    Written Testimonials

  • Staff Stories - Pepe Philips
    Pepe Phillips, Remote Sensing Scientist Post-EPS
    I joined EUMETSAT in December 2002 as consultant in the meteorological division.
  • Staff Stories - Rosemary Monroe
    Rosemary Munro, Atmospheric Composition Mission Scientist
    I joined EUMETSAT in September 1999 as the GOME-2/Ozone/UV Mission Scientist.
  • Staff Stories - Peter Albert
    Peter Albert, Requirements Engineer
    I joined EUMETSAT in late 2005 as a Requirements Engineer in the Programme Preparation and Satellite Application Facility Network Division.


Pepe Phillips, Remote Sensing Scientist Post-EPS

Staff Stories - Pepe PhilipsI joined EUMETSAT in December 2002 as consultant in the meteorological division where I was involved in prototyping activities for the ATOVS level 1b and level 2 IASI processors, in particular the AVHRR scenes analysis code which enables mixed cloud scenes to be identified within IASI fields of view. In December 2004, I took on a new role as a Remote Sensing Scientist for Post-EPS where I became involved in the specification of user requirements for the follow-on EPS missions in particular, the visible/infrared imager.

Before EUMETSAT, I worked as a systems engineer in the UK where I gained much of my experience in designing and maintaining software, including the ASCAT ground calibration prototype code. Prior to this, I spent 6 years performing Ph.D. and Postdoctoral research in the fields of optics which provided me with an excellent background for my current position concerning the development of imagery missions.

The largest part of my job concerns the development of the visible/infrared imager which involves working with the scientific community in order to formalise the mission requirements and then interfacing with industry to ensure the eventual instrument performance is sufficient to meet the user needs. My role within the project continually evolves as the development of a satellite and constituent instruments is divided into different phases of activity, each of which presents new challenges and opportunities.

The most satisfying part of my job is seeing user needs within the meteorological community turn into reality through the realisation of the missions It is often very challenging in terms of communication between scientific and technical communities and trying to find the best solution for all parties involved.

I welcome the opportunity to work in an international environment and be part of a programme which I consider to be very important in view of meteorology and climate and look forward to seeing the first data from the EPS-SG missions.

Rosemary Munro, Atmospheric Composition Mission Scientist

Staff Stories - Rosemary MonroeI joined EUMETSAT in September 1999 as the GOME-2/Ozone/UV Mission Scientist.

Since then my role has evolved into that of Atmospheric Composition Mission Scientist, where atmospheric composition includes ozone and air quality monitoring and forecasting, composition-climate interaction and surface ultra-violet radiation monitoring. Before joining EUMETSAT I worked in the research community, deriving ozone and other information from research satellite instruments, and also at the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasting focusing on the use of satellite data to improve weather forecasting.

As the Atmospheric Composition Mission Scientist my task is to provide scientific support to all EUMETSAT activities related to atmospheric composition. This includes supporting the development of new satellite instruments, supporting the on-ground calibration of instruments prior to launch, helping to maintain the high quality of data provided by our current in-orbit satellites, liaising with the scientific community and users of our data outside EUMETSAT, and representing EUMETSAT on external bodies such as Mission Advisory Groups, WMO Expert Teams etc.

My job includes both very technical activities, such as the calibration of satellite instruments, to much more high level activities, such as definition of user requirements for data products on the basis of input from the user community and working with external advisory groups. I am lucky to have a job with so much variety, all linked by the common theme of Atmospheric Composition. It allows me to contribute at many different levels and to have contact with externals partners in the development of new systems, and end users and the science community who will ultimately benefit from the data we provide.

Peter Albert, Requirements Engineer

Staff Stories - Peter AlbertI joined EUMETSAT in late 2005 as a Requirements Engineer in the Programme Preparation and Satellite Application Facility Network Division in the Programme Development Department. Before joining EUMETSAT, I worked on the scientific application of satellite data for an end-user. Now I am on the other side of the fence, as EUMETSAT is a user-driven organisation which has to meet its user’s needs. In our case, this means the timely delivery of high-quality meteorological products based on satellite information to the national meteorological services.

As a Requirements Engineer, my task is to ensure that high-level user requirements are properly traced down to the technical details of new systems, and to support the verification that complete new systems match the envisaged goals. For EUMETSAT, this is especially interesting, as development takes place in two areas: in space with the development of new generations of satellite systems, but also on the ground with the continuous development of the network of Satellite Application Facilities in EUMETSAT’s 26 Member States.

One part of my job is of a technical nature, centred on tailoring a database for requirements management according to the specific needs of the different EUMETSAT divisions involved in different stages of satellite development. The other part involves the establishment of a common process for requirements management, incorporating existing styles and working practices.

I find my job very interesting, as it provides an overview of the constant evolution and development of the organisation, as well as very detailed insight into the technical elements, linked together through the respective requirements at each level, and the proper traceability between them.


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