Business Development Assistant

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Business Development Manager

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permanent, 3 month probation and 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays.

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Application Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer and commitment to this process will be expected.

About Us

The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent technology and innovation company whose purpose is to promote, develop and facilitate the commercialisation and advancement of the satellite applications industry. The company is a not for profit Research Organisation, with a commercial trading subsidiary. The organisation embraces an open and innovative culture, encouraging an ethos of knowledge exchange and sector engagement, and has quickly become a world class centre of facilities and expertise.

We’re one of ten Catapults established and overseen by Innovate UK. They are places where the best of the UK’s innovative businesses and researchers work together to bring new products and services more quickly to commercialisation. Focusing on areas with great market potential, Catapults will open up global opportunities for the UK and generate economic growth for the future.

Our Mission

To innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites

Our Vision

To be a world-leading technology and innovation company, helping businesses of all sizes to realise the potential from space. By embracing a pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial spirit, we create valued partnerships to deliver game-changing results

Our Culture

The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging, rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun. More about the Catapult Culture

The Role

The Business Development Assistant will support a busy Business Development Department seeking funding across a broad range of satellite applications with values ranging from £50,000 – £5,000,000. Bid writing skills would be a significant bonus.

The jobholder will need to be flexible and be able to demonstrate initiative in a challenging, yet rewarding, environment at the cutting edge of UK space technology.

This is an opportunity to receive training and to develop within a unique and exciting environment.

  • Managing individual business opportunities as allocated
  • Client engagement, conference attendance
  • Account management including customer feedback on bids and projects
  • Managing relationships with external partners
  • Setting up and managing formal business development reviews
  • Status reporting of activities to management
  • Helping to create winning proposals

Any other duties dependent on the needs of the business, which may occasionally require the attendance of events off site.

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Previous experience in business development – engineering environments preferred
  • Candidates will have worked within a well-organised, multi-disciplined project environment
  • Ability to comprehend complex subject matter – experience of high tech engineering/software environments a plus
  • Excellent self-discipline, adaptability, flexibility and patience
  • High standard of IT skills especially Microsoft Office
  • Excellent English language skills, both written and verbal.

Desirable Experience

  • Costing/finance experience
  • Bid writing/editing experience
  • Ability to influence key decision makers and to challenge when necessary.
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and use own initiative.
  • Ability to build relationships, coach and influence at all levels.
  • Ability to exercise effective judgment, discretion, sensitivity, creativity to changing needs and situations.
  • Demonstrate a commercial approach.
  • Ability to think “outside the box” to create pragmatic solutions.


If you are up for the challenge and thrive in a fast-paced and creative environment, send your CV along with a covering letter to

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