Construction Projects Manager

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Operational Services

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

This is an extremely exciting time to join the Catapult’s Operations Team, as there are currently five construction projects of varying complexity and involvement. The role range from taking over ownership of buildings once built to a certain standard (ensuring the defined requirements have been met), through to a complete turn-key project from designing to surveys, to planning permission and building.

In addition, the Catapult has unique facilities that require integration in to buildings on an ongoing basis, and so this role will incorporate this aspect too.

You will be the key point of contact for internal and external stakeholders, including building contractors, legal teams, and every other person involved in the construction of the buildings.

Main Responsibilities

  • Reporting to, and working closely with, the Head of Operational Services to plan and manage the building projects.
  • Managing the whole construction projects portfolio from inception to completion and taking responsibility for all activities in the field of construction. This includes the day to day planning, supervision, direction and monitoring of building projects, ensuring that all projects are delivered in a safe, timely, efficient and sustainable manner, whilst achieving project targets, meeting the Catapult’s expectations and enhancing the reputation of the business.
  • Liaising internally with key stakeholders and externally with professional consultants, construction companies and developers
  • Gathering requirements for buildings from technical teams
  • Identifying needs and requirement for additional technical input for new facilities
  • Manage multiple projects at the same time, including:
    • Overseeing installation of specialist equipment / facilities
    • New building projects from initial concept through to handover to Operations
      • managing multi-million pound projects (organic and green field) ensuring value and quality to meet Catapult’s and external regulatory / statutory requirements within strict budgets and timescales
    • Produce project construction programmes
    • Responsibility for controlling costs, timing and quality in line with targets within the project programme.
    • Record and report the progress of each project and maintain a correct reporting and financial record for each project
    • Liaise with the Site Foreperson to co-ordinate the use and installation of correct materials to prevent any potential on-site issues.
    • Ensure consistent implementation of standard site practice and safety procedures.
    • Manage project handover and ensure defect free completion, including:
      • Ensuring costs and contracts for ongoing Operational commitments are known, assisting the Head of Operational Services with Operations budgeting
      • Ensuring smooth transition to Operations Department
    • Prepare and present project progress reports to reflect the current and future performance of the whole portfolio
    • Work closely with all Catapult departments to ensure the proper flow of information during project stages
    • Manage risks and issues across projects with mitigation / corrective plans in place

About You- Required Skills and Experience

Required Skills and Experience

  • At least 5 years’ experience in managing building projects
  • Self-starter, autonomous with excellent time management
  • To be preferably RICS qualified or similar
  • Trade or 3rd level construction management qualification
  • Good understanding and working knowledge of planning process.
  • This is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced construction project manager.

Desired experience

  • Friendly and approachable to all stakeholders
  • Good attention to detail
  • Driven and proven problem solving and analytical thinking skills
  • Excellent spoken and written communication
  • Team player


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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