Business Engagement Assistant

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Business & Finance Network Manager

Working hours: 37.5h a week

Contract: Permanent, 3 month probation and 1 month notice

Holiday: 28 days per annum, plus statutory holidays

Equal Opportunities: The Satellite Applications Catapult strives to be an equal opportunities employer 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” launched by Innovate UK (formally Technology Strategy Board). The aim for each of them is to become a world-leading innovation centre in its own specialist area.

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.

The Role

Are you a natural people person who loves building relationships?

Are you great with people, you love talking to anyone and everyone, and take an interest in what people have to say ?

Can you efficiently deal with admin tasks and continuously look at better ways to do things that will make life easier for people ?

We currently have an exciting opportunity for a Business Engagement Assistant to join our team here at the Satellite Applications Catapult. The Catapult’s Business Innovation and Support team has been successful in developing and delivering a portfolio of services and support mechanisms to early stage and growing space businesses. We are looking for the right candidate to strengthen our team to better support businesses and help us implement and maintain mechanisms to capture our engagements.

The successful applicant will reinforce the strong support ethos of the organisation, actively pursuing a first class performance and service culture that is aligned both to the needs of the market, and the drive of the catapult to support innovation and promote business creativity.

Main Responsibilities and Activities

  • Assist with the provision of first line support to businesses that engage with the Catapult
  • Help identify and service the requirements of space businesses
  • Work with wider Business Innovation and Support Team to help provide Catapult services and monitor the effectiveness through feedback
  • Provide support with account management system and help manage communication between departments internally and with external partners
  • Produce reports (weekly, monthly and quarterly) and review business engagement activities to help meet KPI targets
  • Orchestrate access to Catapult programmes, facilities and technical services, necessary to support development activities
  • Utilise existing mechanisms for sign-posting of external service provision that supports business growth
  • Host and coordinate Catapult Coffee morning and arrange speakers
  • Provide assistance with the delivery of other business support events (including Satuccino), working with SME & Finance Network Manager and events team as required.
  • Produce case studies
  • Manage companies’ workplan process.

The performance metrics for this organisation will be associated with the development and operation of effective support mechanisms for businesses that engage with the Catapult for the development, deployment and operation of Satellite Applications.

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

Essential Criteria

  • Commitment to business support and innovation with the ability to stimulate a creative, dynamic and supportive environment both internally and for businesses
  • Effective team player with excellent interpersonal and communications skills.
  • Excellent planning, coordination and organisation skills.
  • Aptitude for open and collaborative working, and establishing such a culture.
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and use own initiative.
  • Ability to build relationships and influence at all levels.
  • Ability to exercise effective judgement, discretion, sensitivity, and creativity to changing needs and situations.
  • Demonstrate a commercial approach.
  • Ability to think “outside the box” to create pragmatic solutions.

Other useful but not essential skills:

  • Experience in working with start-up businesses, knowledge of investor readiness and business plans
  • Knowledge of space sector


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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