Senior Space Innovation Facilitator

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Satellite Missions Technologies Team

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 Satellite Applications Catapult are looking for a senior facilitator to join the Government Services team, which will involve working on the Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP). SSGP is a strategic, national programme established in 2014 and led by the government UK Space Agency (UKSA) and delivered in collaboration with the Satellite Applications Catapult to drive the uptake and use of satellite enabled products, data and services across the public sector.

The role of the senior facilitator is to identify opportunities within government departments for improving services and service delivery through the increased use of satellite enabled services. The senior facilitator will be expected to represent the Catapult and SSGP viewpoints with confidence and in various settings. There will also be an expectation to support the development of the Government Services at the Catapult and shape the related projects into a cohesive topic or thread.

About You

Required Skills and Experience

  • Demonstrable experience working in one or more of the following sectors:
    • Civil Service – government/local government office
    • Space sector – preferably with satellite applications focus
    • Business development – preferably from a technology background
  • Ability to build and maintain working relationships across diverse cultures and organisations
  • Ability to capture, assess and understand end user customer priorities
  • Proven ability to analyse and present complex information clearly to a non-technical audience including senior decision makers
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Experience of defining, leading or working in a project / programme environment, working to deadlines and within budgets
  • Strong presentation skills – including to senior decision makers

 Desired experience

  • Knowledge of key developments in the satellite applications and services, in one or more of the following key areas:
    • Earth Observation
    • Satellite Positioning / Navigation / Timing
    • Satellite Communications
  • Familiar with public sector culture and organisation
  • Familiar with providing inputs to and producing business cases
  • Portfolio/Project management
  • Willingness to keep up to date with technological and policy developments

This is an exceptional opportunity for an individual who believes that they can demonstrate the aptitude to work in this exciting and challenging environment. An ability to adapt and learn new skills is a prerequisite. The senior facilitator will work with government department/business departments to understand the context of requirements and develop solutions; and is already or is willing to become an individual who is passionate about enabling the uptake of sustainable satellite applications for the non-commercial 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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