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Open Cosmos

Mission Manager

Programmes · Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
Department Programmes
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced



The Company

Open Cosmos are revolutionising space technology and opening up the cosmos to everyone. Our simple, affordable satellite missions give organisations the chance to use space technology as a tool to get your ideas into orbit. Our mission is to make the leaps in space that become the leaps on Earth.


The People

Compiled of 60+ people from over 15 nationalities, we have a culturally diverse workforce full of Engineers, Software Developers, Mission Managers, HR experts and even Recruiters! Beyond the office, we have bakers, long distance runners, climbers, rowers, golfers and mixed martial artists!


The Vision


By making space data more accessible and affordable, we want to be the platform that allows applicable solutions to be the prevention, not the cure.  When tragedy strikes, Earth Observation satellites can be used to detect where resources would be most effective and map out the scale of damage to help decision makers rebuild.


Description of the Position

You will be in charge of delivering Open Cosmos projects in time and within the project budget. This means preparing the proposal, capturing customer requirements and planning the project execution but also defining timelines, allocating resources, identifying risks and using Open Cosmos’ technologies and services to satisfy customer expectations. You will interface with customers and the mission stakeholders, Open Cosmos’ technical and commercial teams, partners and suppliers. You will contribute to the design of the mission alongside with the systems engineering and mission operations teams.

Excitement does not end here because you will oversee the delivery of the end-to-end space mission service, being involved in the selection and execution of building blocks, from launch service providers to ground segment infrastructure providers and all the regulatory landscape that frames the delivery of our services.


Tasks and responsibilities  

  • Understand the business needs of our customers to propose a solution that satisfy both the technical and the business aspects.

  • Design space mission architectures and implementation plans

  • Understand design drivers, constraints and risks.

  • Work directly with several engineering departments on parallel projects.

  • Interact with customers as the main point of contact for a given project.

  • Monitor progress, ensure deliveries meet time, cost and quality expectations in an efficient manner, not only internally, but also with partners and suppliers.

  • Identify project risks, mitigate them, communicate to stakeholders and report to the management team, proactively.

  • Foresee events and issues and find efficient solutions that are aligned with the company values and vision.

  • Enable other teams’ members to do their work. Be a centre of coordination to reduce meeting overheads and be the enabler of cross-department initiatives.

Skills, attitude and experience  

  • University degree in a technically relevant domain

  • 3+ years of experience in management of technical projects involving software development and hardware products in a multidisciplinary environment with cross-functional interactions

  • Strong capability to do multitasking

  • Feel comfortable with uncertainty and a continuously changing environment

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Honesty, openness and self-awareness

  • Lean / bootstrap mentality

  • Take initiative and work in a self-driven manner

Nice to have  

  • Experience in the aerospace sector

  • Experience in projects related to satellite constellations

  • System engineering experience

  • Master several project management frameworks

  • Ability to deliver complex projects using Agile methodologies

You will enjoy

  • Working with a team of people to build the future of a new space industry

  • Working at one of the world’s leading space campuses

  • 25 days holidays + 8 bank holidays

  • Attractive Pension Scheme & Immediate enrolment

  • Healthy snacks and pick’n’mix sweets at the office

  • Social clubs organised by the team – so far we’ve got Run Club, Paella Club, ice-skating Club and Thirsty Club – suggest something new?

  • Remote working as per company policy

  • Working from home as per company policy

  • Annual Salary Review

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  • Location
    Harwell Campus, Oxfordshire
  • Department
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