GIS Web Developer

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Data Innovation Manager

Responsible for: Line management of a small professional team

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

As a key member of the Geospatial Technology team you will be part of an exciting and expanding effort to further the exploitation of data from satellites. The role involves close engagement in cutting-edge development projects and services at the forefront of satellite technologies. Activities will range from research into new technologies and techniques through to a commercial product, from collaborative development to thematic workshop participation. The successful candidate will enjoy working within a stimulating environment at the cutting edge of technology development supported by the latest tools and experienced and skilled staff from a diverse range of backgrounds.

  • Experience of developing user centred, enterprise scale and distributed geospatial solutions
  • Experience of implementing software solutions using a range of technology platforms, in particular: OpenLayers, Continuous Integration based development, Open-source platforms and languages (Java and Python)
  • Experience of working alongside UX designers in an Agile Scrum teams
  • Expert JavaScript skills (frameworks and design patterns)
  • Integration with REST APIs (including authentication)
  • Proven experience in developing secure and accessible (WCAG AA) web front-ends
  • Focus on Web & GIS Technologies (including ESRI, OpenLayers, PostGIS & GeoServer)

About You

Required Skills and Experience

The successful candidate will have the ability to create a standalone application that is able to consume data from multiple sources and incorporate code libraries from both open source and proprietary solutions. The candidate will have a good working knowledge of OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) service standards and the use of the opensource solutions such as MapServer and Geoserver.

A knowledge of metadata repositories and Geospatial data catalogues would be desirable but not essential.

Although this role is a web GIS role, the ability to manipulate data using a desktop solution is essential. The Satellite Applications Catapult has a private cloud computing infrastructure and uses virtual machines for hosting many of its applications so experience of using cloud computing facilities is desired but not essential.

Desirable Skills

  •  GeoSpatial data manipulation.
  • OGC Web Services
  • Geoserver
  • OpenLayers
  • Json / GeoJSON
  • JavaScript
  • JEE, CSS,
  • Frameworks such as Primefaces, Angular, Django and Ruby are desirable
  • Postgres/PostGIS
  • ESRI Software suite
  • Python for geospatial data manipulation and processing of time series data
  • Demonstrable skills in implementation of web mapping applications


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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