Spaceflight Technical Lead

Swindon, Wiltshire
£44,983 (National) £48,483 (London) - £52,870 (National) £56,370 (London)
23 Feb 2017
23 Mar 2017
Clearance Level
DV, None / Undisclosed, SC
Aerospace, Space
Job Type

The roles are to the support the agency in managing the technical, safety, reputational and financial (liability) risks associated with licensing space launch from the UK and regulating novel space systems such as large constellations of satellites and in-orbit servicing/removal missions.

Under the UK Outer Space Act, the Secretary of State (through the UK Space Agency) is responsible for authorising and supervising UK space missions to ensure compliance with our obligations under the international treaties and conventions covering the use of outer space to which the UK is a signatory. Innovative space systems, while providing disruptive market opportunities also present regulatory challenges in the absence of established best practice and norms of behaviour for such activities.


Key Responsibilities:

• Support the Chief Engineer in developing new measures to manage the risks posed by such systems, consult with industry (manufacturers and operators) on their application coordinate with international partners and promote UK approaches through forums such as the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the Inter-Agency Debris Committee, and implement such measures for operational systems.

• Responsible for harnessing relevant external capabilities to support the UK space agency is its implementation of its regulatory responsibilities, planning and developing appropriate in-house expertise as required.

Benefits Pensions Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates. Things you need to know Security Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is developed vetting.

Selection process details Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment. Nationality requirements Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here. Working for the Civil Service The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.


The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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