Senior EO Specialist

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Applied Digital Intelligence

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 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

As a key member of the Catapult’s ADI team, you will be part of an exciting and expanding effort to further the exploitation of data from remote sensing satellites. The role involves close engagement in cutting-edge development projects and activities at the forefront of satellite technologies. Activities will range from scientific research through commercial productisation, from collaborative development to thematic workshop organisation. The successful candidate will enjoy working within stimulating environment supported by the latest tools and experienced and skilled staff from a diverse range of backgrounds.

Main Activities 

  • Technical image and GIS processing and scientific research applying best practice standards.
  • Writing, contributing and mediating technical reports and presentations delivered to various stakeholders/customers.
  • Developing and implementing both commercial and collaborative R&D projects, using both public sector and commercial/private funding sources.
  • Collaborating with both UK and International partners overseas
  • Leading a dynamic portfolio of EO based project work including: proposal compilation, project management, execution of specific project tasks, technical development and interfacing with collaborators.
  • Technical development work on projects which further the exploitation and utilisation of EO technologies and promoting inventive business delivery models.
  • Assessing the viability (both technical and economic) of new application and service concepts and be able to make recommendations about future work streams and strategy development.
  • Supporting synergies between space technologies and the integration of technologies from other sectors.
  • Developing user-centric technology solutions.
  • Technical lead to a dedicated Catapult wide programme, including contributing to the strategy/direction, project selection and evaluation of the programme.
  • Establishing strong relationships with stakeholders from within government, academia and industry in the UK and abroad, as well as contributing to
  • recognised external working groups; chairing, facilitating and engaging in workshops.
  • Supporting other areas of the Catapult business, including BD engagement and marketing.
  • Direct support of the Catapult funded student programs, secondments, internships as well as supervision of MSc and PhD student projects.
  • Supporting knowledge exchange and science communication activities with both the academic community and wider public audiences

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Effective team player with excellent technical ability in the applications of satellite Earth Observation, with parallel interpersonal and presentation skills.
  • Experience/awareness of both the operational/industry side, as well as academia/research.
  • Broad knowledge across several application and technology sectors – but demonstrated expertise in a subset of those.
  • A key awareness of airborne, as well as spaceborne imaging technology (in the context of applications development and proxies for future satellite missions).
  • Direct experience in European and/or UK national programmes.
  • Direct experience of R&D proposal development, and working in partnership/consortia settings.
  • Previous customer-facing roles. Able to re-locate or commute to Harwell area.
  • Aptitude for open and collaborative working as well as being an ‘ideas’ person.

Desired Experience 

  • Experience with an SME or in a start-up is an advantage.
  • Having an intimate understanding of the EO Industry in the UK and Europe, wide international knowledge is an advantage.


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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