Space Systems Engineer

Space Systems Engineer


We simplify the adoption of geospatial data in order to understand the world better and to enable people to act in an aware and timely manner, in order to live better and preserve the Earth.

Planetek Italia operates in many fields of application ranging from environmental and land monitoring to open-government and smart cities, including defense and security as well as scientific missions and planetary exploration.

We provide solutions and products for Earth observation with satellite, aircraft and drone data. We develop on-board software for satellites and data processing solutions for ground segment infrastructures. Our involvement in research and development activities supports human exploration of the solar system. We develop Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) in compliance with INSPIRE as well as solutions for Smart City and complex systems to support decisions that exploit geographic information, and Earth observation data, according to the new paradigms of Cloud and Software As a Service.

Specifically in the Space field, the target market consists of space agencies (e.g. the Italian Space Agency and the European Space Agency with their scientific and operational programs) and those related (such as Galileo) and the major players in the aerospace market.

Planetek develops and integrates hardware and software infrastructures for the acquisition, processing and distribution of remote sensing data along their entire chain of production: from Earth Observation to Deep Space; from the Space Segment to the Ground Segment and the User Segment. Our main responsibilities fall into Systems and Software Engineering with strong verticalization towards Space Mission Analysis and Design (SMAD).


As a system engineer, you’ll have to be able to look across multiple disciplines and viewpoints, from mission concepts to systems/ components design, from on-board SW implementation to final users’ applications. You will contribute to the design and implementation flow of space systems, turning needs into requirements into specifications, specifications into design and finalizing design with implementation and verification. You will be the technical interface with customers and partners and will coordinate technical tasks in the development team.


You have a Master’s degree or equivalent qualification in Electronic Engineering, TLC Engineering, SW Engineering, Computer Science or another relevant discipline and you have at least 5 years of professional experience, mostly on Space Systems Engineering. Specifically, you have skills in the following fields:

  • Space missions analysis and development
  • Space systems engineering
  • Software engineering and object-oriented programming
  • Programming languages: C/C++ and/or others
  • Knowledge of aerospace software systems applicable standards, such as ECSS-E-ST-40C and software development practices
  • Knowledge of on-board processors and processing architectures (SPARC LEON, RISC-V, ARM M and A series, multicore’s etc)
  • Space communication protocols
  • Model based engineering
  • Software testing and validation approaches for space applications
  • An essential condition is also the mastery of English and Italian languages.

Also appreciated:

  • Knowledge of ground support equipment and check-out systems
  • Digital signal processing
  • Experience with FPGAs or low-level Hardware programming
  • Knowledge of SIL/ IEC 61508 software standard
  • Experience with system validation that includes embedded software and/or remote systems
  • Configuration management systems
  • Agile development practices

The ideal profile of the successful candidate is completed by seriousness and reliability, excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, excellent organizational skills, strong ability to work within a team in order to meet specific objectives qualitatively and quantitatively defined, excellent relational and communicative skills, proactivity.


At Planetek Italia results are more important than time and our respect for people takes priority over their skills. Passion and responsibility are the qualities we value in our employees while ethics, professionalism and availability are the elements that distinguish our work philosophy. Choose us if you think that a company like Planetek offers you the opportunity to work with enthusiasm and if you believe you can make an important contribution toward developing a strategic segment for our company. Your office will be located in Bari, Italy but you will often travel around Europe.


We know that great results can’t be achieved without a phenomenal team. We always look for the absolute best talent and recognize that diversity in our experiences and backgrounds is what makes us stronger. We insist on an inclusive culture where everyone feels safe to contribute and contributes to innovation.
We believe our people should continuously acquire knowledge and skills, so we are willing to provide you with everything that can help you grow: books, workshops, conferences, and training. Once we get to know each other, we will define your salary package together while also considering your needs.
What we can promise is opportunities, it will be up to you to make the most of them.

Planetek Italia is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and will be considered on the relative merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position, regardless of colour, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion, or belief.



Tell us who you are, what you've accomplished so far in your career and what your goals are for the near future. Along with your CV, please provide us with a short note in reply to the following two questions:

  • Why would you like to bet on a SME like Planetek Italia?
  • Why should we bet on you?

Write us, exclusively in English at: @ (remove blank spaces). If your profile matches the one we’re looking for, we will contact you to get to know you better.

Please use the following reference in the subject of your email: Ref. Space Systems Engineer – Planetek Italia