Project Manager, UK | Visa Sponsorship

A plant located in Harwell, UK, is seeking to hire a qualified and motivated Project Manager. International applicants are welcome, as sponsorship for visas is available.


  • During complicated engineering missions, maintain overall control over the planning, development, and execution of space missions (or subsets thereof). This is to be accomplished through coordinating matrixed engineering and project teams.
  • Organize and deliver project review gates, as well as manage and produce related deliverables.
  • Establish and maintain a suitable balance between quality, money, time, and risk when completing projects and the deliverables that go with them.
  • Produce project inputs for mission concept studies, packages of work (technical or non-technical), and bid work to support the larger business.
  • To support projects, bids, or similar operations, interface effectively with clients, suppliers, and program partners as required.
  • Report and hold yourself internally accountable to the business and senior management.

Required Skills

  • At least 3 years of experience managing projects or programs, ideally in the aerospace or space industries, with a history of completing missions successfully.
  • The complete spectrum of ‘technical’ project management skills (across the schedule, delivery, risk management, finances, and so on.
  • The capacity to guide and cooperate with a small, close-knit group of both technical and non-technical employees.
  • Ability to ensure that project management deliverables are created and kept up to date for internal and external stakeholders. This includes project and financial reporting, schedules, reports, risk registers, and contractual deliverables, among others.
  • Experience with organizing and completing project review gates (such as requirements reviews, preliminary design reviews, and critical design reviews, among others).
  • Solid knowledge of systems activities including architecture definition, CONOPS, requirements derivation, etc. on a high level. Experience working closely with systems engineering teams.
  • Working knowledge of various spacecraft functional teams, including Ground Segment, Operations, Software, Propulsion, Command & Data Handling (C&DH), and Guidance Navigation Control (AOCS).
  • Knowledge of the assembly integration and verification processes (that is, integration, subsystem/integrated/environmental testing, etc.).
  • Experience with purchasing satellite parts or managing suppliers.
  • Demonstrable understanding and effective application of lean engineering techniques.
  • Excellent personal standards and an affinity for integrity, transparency, and honesty.
  • Ability to understand people and a desire to demonstrate exemplary leadership and coordinate a team to accomplish mutual success. Also, the capacity to have difficult conversations when required, combined with a disposition to put the needs of the team above one’s own.
  • A fundamental understanding of dirt removal, end-of-life, in-orbit maintenance, or servicing.
  • A willingness to try new things and a desire to collaborate with others in a project management and company team structure to accomplish success together.

Desired skills

  • Familiarity with the entire mission lifecycle, from the definition of the requirements to verification, delivery, commissioning, and operations.
  • A master’s degree in a technical subject.
  • Prior technical career or background, preferably in the aerospace or space industries.
  • Knowledge of major satellite firm or agency design principles, such as ECSS, as well as the previously mentioned experience with lean or agile project management methodologies.
  • The capacity to comprehend, persuade, and bargain, as well as the willingness to look for win-win solutions in forum settings.
  • Experience dealing with difficult partners, suppliers, or customers.
  • Proof of effectively ‘unblocking’ and concluding delayed or over-budget projects (or parts thereof).
  • Background in business growth and development, quality assurance (QA), product assurance (PA), bid support, or firm financial accounting.
  • Understanding of the larger framework for debris removal, including space law, licensing, export, and regulations.
  • Familiarity with important missions like RemoveDebris, CleanSpace, e.DeOrbit, DEOS, ATV, and ETS-7
  • Although English is Astroscale’s primary working language, some knowledge of Japanese may occasionally be helpful. However, it is not necessary to be fluent in Japanese.
  • Experience working collaboratively in a technical, fast-paced setting with people from various backgrounds.


  • Competitive starting wage
  • The chance to collaborate with a highly-skilled, varied, and dynamic international team using cutting-edge technologies
  • Flexible scheduling around regular working hours in a welcoming and encouraging atmosphere
  • Depending on the demands of each specific function, hybrid work is possible.
  • 25 days of vacation (which can increase annually to a limit of 28 days) plus 8 days of bank holidays
  • Long-term sick pay as well as life insurance
  • Healthcare provided privately (taxable benefit)
  • Compensation for relocating
  • Sponsorship of employee visas
  • Modern, brand-new office and cleanroom facility
  • Regular social occasions 

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