Small Projects Project Manager

Company Details

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In-Space Missions Ltd is a small space mission consultancy and spacecraft service provider based in Hampshire. The company was formed in August 2015 and has grown since then, building a team of experienced Space industry professionals to support large and small Industrial partners, government agencies and academic institutions. In 2018 In-Space announced its “Faraday” service – the first European commercial payload hosting service, followed shortly by winning an ESA Pioneer contract to develop the next generation Faraday service. In-Space has also won dedicated nanosatellite and microsatellite programmes working with clients from mission concepts through to launch and operations.

In-Space has a fun and dedicated team who value hard work, a positive attitude and solution-focused thinking. We welcome applicants who will embrace their role and the flexibility required when working in a small company, and we reward dedication and results with a flexible environment to allow employees to flourish while meeting other requirements they may have in their life.

Role Overview

This is an exciting role which will suit an enthusiastic, self-starting individual who is happy to take responsibility for delivering a wide range of projects to a variety of customers including institutional, academic and commercial organisations. The successful individual will enjoy working as part of a team, is willing to flex their priorities to support others where necessary and is comfortable with a fast-paced environment. It will require someone who takes pride in their work and can present a professional face to clients, suppliers and partners.

The role requires experience in delivering small projects, some level of engineering knowledge/experience and someone who understands the decisions and trade-offs which must be made to ensure successful delivery. The right attitude is equally as important as background and experience.
While the primary responsibilities of the role lie in Project Management, the role may require some bid management, business change management, and other reasonable responsibilities in-line with your capabilities and experience as required by the business.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities will include:

  • • Programmatic responsibility for the successful delivery of a variety of technical consultancy and space mission projects on behalf on In-Space Missions to include, but not limited to:
    • Budgetary control and management;
    • Schedule derivation, control and management;
    • Risk and Issue capture and management;
    • Project resource tracking and management;
    • Assumption and Dependency management;
    • Scope and requirement definition and management through project delivery.
  • Co-ordination of appropriate technical oversight with the Technical Assurance team.
  • Accurate and realistic project reporting to Clients, In-Space Leadership team, other key stakeholders.
  • Ensure adherence of projects to appropriate technical standards and QA/PA regimes;
  • Acting as primary point of contact for all programmatic project queries to the client and other key stakeholders;
  • Resolution of programmatic issues with appropriate communication and buy-in from relevant internal and external stakeholders;
  • Support to technical team in resolution of technical issues, ensuring appropriate communication and buy-in from relevant internal and external stakeholders;
  • Supplier and sub-contractor management;
  • Bid management and development of programmatic inputs for bids;
  • Interfacing with the spacecraft production team and other technical teams to co-ordinate and de-risk schedules.
  • Interface with bid leads to provide delivery oversight and governance.
  • Representing In-Space Missions at external events and conferences.

It should be noted that this role is intended to manage a number of smaller projects concurrently, as opposed to a large mission project. As such the ability to prioritise work across a programme of activities is essential.

You will report directly into the Delivery and Operations director and your work will be prioritized in discussion with them.

Education and/or Experience Requirements

  • Educated preferably to degree -level or equivalent in a STEM-based discipline (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics). Note that sufficient, relevant experience can be considered an equivalent qualification.
  • Proven ability to pick up new concepts quickly.
  • Experience in some of the following areas is required:
    • Delivering projects involving technical consultancy, software and/or electronic hardware;
    • Delivering to external clients;
    • Reporting project progress to senior internal stakeholders;
    • Tracking project budgets and schedules;
    • Defining, mitigating and managing project risks;
    • Managing suppliers;
    • Interpreting commercial agreements;
    • Understanding of the key challenges involved in delivering engineering projects;
    • Managing processes.
  • Experience and/or knowledge of the following is desirable:
    • Delivery of engineering and/or consultancy projects;
    • Working knowledge of spacecraft systems and subsystems;
    • Developing and delivering bids.


  • Proficient with MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Project);
  • Excellent communicator, both written and verbal;
  • Confident working with engineering teams.


  • Self-starter;
  • Autonomous worker;
  • Positive and helpful attitude;
  • Attention to detail;
  • Organised;
  • Calm and professional approach to work.

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