Space Innovation Facilitator

Location: Harwell, Oxfordshire

Responsible to: Lead Facilitator

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

The Government Services team is looking for a facilitator to join the team based at the Satellite Applications Catapult. The Government Services programme at the Catapult works to create sustainable partnerships with public sector organisations focused on innovation and the integration of satellites that leads to impact.

One of the main projects that the Government Services team supports is the technical expertise to the UK Space Agency’s Space for Smarter Government Programme (SSGP). SSGP is an exciting and challenging programme operating to educate and inspire the public sector to the multiple uses of satellite applications and data, as well as dispel the myths that space is too costly, too technical and too difficult to understand.

The SSGP facilitators are an essential element of the programme. They work to become the trusted and neutral ‘friend’ to Government departments or public sector bodies, helping them discover the potential for satellite-enabled applications and their use in their own departmental operational business or in the sector they work in. Working with the public sector, the facilitators will capture the requirements and then help the users navigate the space industry and potential funding routes to enable solutions to be proposed and made operational. The role of the facilitator is to identify opportunities within government departments for improving services and service delivery through the increased use of satellite-enabled services.

The Government Services team also engages in other Catapult activity and projects related to UK and foreign government sectors. The focus of this work remains centred around the public sector user and their requirements. To date, the majority of this work has focused on the geospatial requirements of organisations. It would be desirable, therefore, if the candidate had familiarity and competence in geospatial data and its related analysis and visualisations.

There will also be additional tasks and/or duties for the facilitator as deemed necessary in order to help deliver the Government Services projects whether SSGP or others. The role requires a level of flexibility and ability to adapt to changing requirements and demands from an ever-changing government landscape.

For more information on the Space for Smarter Government Programme, please visit

It is expected that the successful candidates should have demonstrable experience working in one or more of the following sectors:

  • Civil Service – government/local government office
  • Space sector – preferably with satellite applications focus or geospatial background
  • Business development – preferably from a technology background

About You

Applications are invited from individuals who believe 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 facilitators will work with government department/business departments to understand the context of requirements and develop solutions; and be able to become an individual who is passionate about enabling the uptake of sustainable satellite applications for the non-commercial sector.

Successful applicants will need to demonstrate the following skills and knowledge.


  • 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
  • Ability to work autonomously and as part of a team
  • Focus on user-centric design and supporting long-term sustainable partnerships
  • 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


  • 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 geospatial data and its related analysis and visualisations
  • Project Management experience including understanding of industry tools such as Microsoft Project
  • A desire to keep abreast of the latest technological and market developments in Government Services programme and related thread areas

Successful applicants will be able to demonstrate the following traits:

  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal)
  • A personable approach
  • Flexibility
  • Creativity
  • A high level of individual drive and ambition
  • Ability to build long-term relationships and partnerships
  • Ability to think strategically and for the good of UK plc rather than one customer or supplier

Training and mentoring will be available to successful candidates.

This role will be based at the Satellite Applications Catapult in Harwell, Oxfordshire but will also consist of some national and potentially international travel.

The following qualifications are desired, but not essential:

  • Degree in a science, technical or business discipline
  • Prince 2 Foundation or Practitioner


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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