Knowledge Exchange Manager (Maternity Cover)

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of CEO Office

Working Hours: 37.5 hours per week

Contract: Maternity cover, 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

One of the key roles of the CEO Office is to build strategic relationships with academic and research institutions, in the UK and internationally. These relationships enable future opportunities for commercial satellite applications to be created, by communicating business need to the scientific research base, highlighting new developments to businesses and building collaborations to take new ideas forward.

The Knowledge Exchange Manager will work within the CEO Office and be responsible for identifying, selecting and deploying a wide variety of Knowledge Exchange (KE) mechanisms, networking and research coordination mechanisms, to build collaborations between the Catapult and external academic and research organisations across the UK.

The main responsibilities of the Knowledge Exchange Manager are as follows:

Knowledge Exchange

Managing and coordinating the Catapult interface with a wide variety of KE partners including:

  • Universities in the UK and internationally
  • Centres of Excellence network: our initiative to support regional growth in the use of satellite technologies requires regular liaison with each Centre.
  • Fellowships: we have a number of fellows that are bilateral KE partnerships with Universities.
  • Maintain and develop good relationships with other research and technology organisations in the public and private sectors, universities and the rest of the science base.
  • Internal groups such as Business Development, Business Innovation and Marketing teams.
  • Organising workshops and events with stakeholders against clearly defined themes and managed outcomes and actions as appropriate.
  • Skills and training: working with university partners to support Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, PhD and Masters level students across the UK.

Reporting and Communications

Lead the management of KE Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to enable regular reporting to demonstrate the success of the KE activities. Ensure maximum impact upon the economy and society from the Catapult’s investments in KE.

  • Produce reports and generate KE case studies on a regular basis.
  • Capture, record and report on KPIs for the all KE activities, including Centres of Excellence, Fellowships and Workshops.
  • Website development for KE programmes and Centres of Excellence to include the implementation and active contribution to a KE discussion forum
  • Writing and distributing weekly newsletters and KE updates


  • Managing the Space Internship Network (SpIN) programme, to include identifying placement opportunities for students within the Space sector, developing and managing on line application process.
  • Support secondments and placements of Catapult staff, academics and students into research organisations, and vice versa, to conduct strategic projects and/or knowledge exchange.

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Proven experience of knowledge exchange activities
  • Experience of building and managing relationships with the research/science base.
  • An ability in building and shaping an environment where academia and industry work effectively together delivering innovation.
  • A good understanding of the relationship between innovation, development and economic growth.
  • Ability to foster an innovative culture, encouraging non-standard thinking, promoting learning and avoiding short-termism.
  • Ability to stimulate commercial innovation in the universities and research institutes.
  • Knowledge of UK and European government departments and agencies (UKSA, ESA, Innovate UK, EU DG Research, etc).
  • A high level of individual drive and ambition and an ability to build long term relationships.
  • Proven ability to analyse and present clearly complex information

Desired experience

  • Knowledge and experience of the satellite applications sector.
  • Existing relationships with the research/science base.
  • Experience of successful delivery of ‘open innovation’ programmes.
  • Experienced collaborative grant agreement contracts
  • Experience of internship programmes
  • Workshop organisation and facilitation

This is an exceptional opportunity for an enthusiastic individual, seeking a challenging role to foster new collaborations between academia and businesses and to support the economic growth of the satellite applications 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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