Senior Operational Services Administrator

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Head of Operational Services

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 Senior Operational Services Administrator will join the busy operations team; this will be a varied role, in which the successful candidate will need to be able to multi-task, juggling various aspects of their role at any one point.

The primary role will be to support the Head of Operational Services, so it is imperative that this candidate has excellent customer service skills and confidence to meet with customers.

Very strong in administration and process driven, you will be required to learn month end statistic reporting and ensure all details are captured accurately.

You will be responsible for the day to day checks of several operational services (websites) and will be responsible for preparing reports and collating feedback. You will report and record issues and follow up with technical staff to ensure resolutions.

An important part of the role will include completing all internal ISO audits for our newest facility – the far field antenna test range. Training will be provided, but previous knowledge on ISO and internal ISO audits would be very advantageous.

Working alongside the Meeting and Events Coordinator, you will become familiar with the end to end facility booking process and will act as backup / assist during holidays and busy periods, ensuring all facility bookings are taken care of; This will include creating quotations and assisting with tours of facilities. Taking meeting room / facility bookings and ensuring that all customer requirements are captured and met.

Assisting the Building Services Lead with Health and Safety training requirements; following up with staff to ensure that everyone has completed their training.

The Administrator will be required to assist every part of the Operations department, this will include occasionally covering the Catapult Reception; ensuring that the building (offices, kitchen, meeting rooms and facilities) are all kept clean and tidy as well as many other ad-hoc tasks.

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Organisational skills – process driven
  • MS office – advanced word knowledge
  • Attention to detail

 Desired experience

  • ISO experience; internal ISO auditing a huge advantage
  • H&S knowledge

This is an exceptional opportunity for a strong, process driven Administrator, who would like to learn more about ISO, H&S and become part of an integral team in an exciting environment.


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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