Programme Manager – iDISC

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Finance

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: 6 month fixed-term

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 11 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 successful candidate will lead a multi-disciplined team to procure, install and commission specialist equipment within a pre-designated facility to support delivery of a specific range of industry led disruptive innovation projects.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Management of project selection process to capture end user requirements and develop portfolio of projects
  • Selection and procurement of specialist equipment based on analysis of end user project requirements
  • Establishing terms of use and preparing designated facility for equipment installation with partner organisations
  • Completing installation and commissioning of equipment ready for project use within exacting timescales
  • Working with industry to shape multi-faceted projects within an overall programme of work involving multiple teams, organisations ranging from academia, small/medium enterprises through to large multi-nationals
  • Managing budgets, issues, actions and risks
  • Managing, communicating and reporting programme progress to senior stakeholders

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrable and significant Project/Programme management experience with strong leadership
  • Comfortable and confident with engaging senior stakeholders to steer complex projects as a consortium prime
  • Experience of PRINCE2 or another Project/Programme Management methodology required (e.g. MSP)
  • Able to work with high level requirements to define scope and provide direction
  • Strong commercial acumen and able to work with complex stakeholder relationships
  • Strong budget management and reporting
  • Organised with an attention to detail but with the ability to step back and view the big picture
  • Enjoy solving problems and developing solutions
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills
  • Able to relocate or commute to Harwell

Desired Experience 

  • Experience managing IT/system/software development projects an advantage

This is an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic Project/Programme Manager.

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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