Procurement Contracts Manager

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Domains

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

The Procurement Contracts Manager will be required to work closely and pro-actively with the other stakeholders at all levels and across the organisation to ensure that the goods and services required are procured correctly and on terms suitable to aid the successful delivery of our projects.

Reporting to the Procurement Manager, the Procurement Contracts Manager will typically be involved in all purchasing contracts.

Key responsibilities includes: 

  • Providing support to the procurement process.
  • Drafting and reviewing agreements (for example: purchase order terms, flow down of grant agreements, licences, terms of use and professional service arrangements).
  • Identifying and understanding commercial risks during the procurement phase and communicating them to the right people.
  • Negotiation of agreements through to conclusion.
  • Proactively manage relationships with suppliers through formal and informal processes and communications.
  • Supporting the Procurement Manager to maintain an up to date contract register for the Catapult and a plan of procurement activity.
  • Producing and maintaining internal guidance documents and training on contract management.
  • Developing and implementing robust and effective policies, processes, procedures and systems to support the operational effectiveness of managing contracts.
  • Maintaining the organisation’s records of UK and EU legislation and regulations updates to ensure all appropriate guidance is received and attend relevant procurement contract updates.
  • Working with Catapult’s Head of Legal to agree updates to contract and purchasing documentation and to agree the implementation of regulation/legal changes.

About You

  • At least 3 years (or equivalent) procurement and contract drafting experience.
  • Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply qualifications, or an interest in studying towards them.
  • You will possess excellent written and verbal communication skills and be able to develop and maintain effective working with relationships.
  • Commercial, analytical and technical aptitude/competence: good eye for detail and ability to make sound business judgements with an understanding of the commercial (and other) impact of one’s own decision making.
  • Strong negotiator with ability to deliver appropriate terms and conditions to meet the company’s requirements.
  • Highly developed commercial skills and demonstrable ability to make sound decisions on matters of significant financial value.

This is an exceptional opportunity for a Procurement Contracts Manager to join a truly innovative organisation at an exciting stage of its growth.


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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