HR Advisor

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Chief Finance and Operations Officer

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Permenant, 3 month probation, 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

You’ll be working with our HR Administrator and the Head of HR and your main responsibilities will include:

  • Management of the recruitment and onboarding process from approval to advertisement and interviews right through to offers and induction.
  • Monthly payroll and benefit management.
  • HR reporting including sickness/absence management, holiday recording etc
  • Managing ER issues (disciplinary, grievances, redundancies).
  • Giving day to day advice on the policies and procedures to staff and managers
  • Managing and maintaining all employee personnel files.
  • Promoting the company culture by organising annual Team Away Day’s, chairing the Culture Committee and planning events such as Brown Bags.
  • Project work to support new HR initiatives, policy/process change and service improvement.
  • Suggest better ways of doing things, whilst always understanding the fine balance between enabling agile and innovative working environment while complying with governance, due process and strong business ethics.
  • Working with the Head of HR to manage the personal development system, making sure its progressive, slick and motivating.
  • Acting as a culture champion demonstrating the company values, pioneering, agile, collaborative and entrepreneurial at all times, and with this in mind considering and suggesting better ways of doing things to provide an HR service that is effective and constantly exceeds expectations.

About You

We work like a start-up. Stepping up to challenges and offering a helping hand in whatever the eventuality is important to us. So while we want the usual meticulous attention to detail, time management, communication (verbal and written) and online skills, we also want someone who can bring great ideas to the table and turn them into reality. To help make us better more innovative and agile.

Required Skills and Experience

  • HR Qualification, degree in HR, CPP, CIPD (or an ambition to become fully qualified)
  • Experience of working in a similar role within a busy, hands on department
  • Ability to multi-task, work under pressure and drive the HR agenda
  • Evidence of leading implementation of HR policies, procedures, and interventions
  • Experience of providing HR administrative support in a busy and dynamic environment
  • Ability to exercise effective judgment, discretion, sensitivity, creativity to changing needs and situations.
  • Experience of producing accurate and complex employment/contractual documentation and correspondence
  • Demonstrate a commercial approach
  • Ability to think “outside the box” to create pragmatic solutions

Desired Experience

  • A pro-active, self-motivated team player with strong attention to detail
  • Commitment to high standards
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and ability to work to tight deadlines
  • The ability to work in a fast-paced environment and have a friendly, helpful, flexible, positive & hardworking approach
    This is an exceptional opportunity for a forward thinking and ambitious HR professional to play a key part in shaping our business and contributing to our future success.


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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