Knowledge Exchange Manager (100030) : Satellite Applications Catapult

At the Catapult, we Innovate for a Better World Empowered by Satellites and as our new Knowledge Exchange Manager, you will play an integral part in the Partnerships and Engagement team, focused on building strategic relationships between the Catapult, and our network of businesses, academic and research institutions, both in the UK and internationally. 


Hours (FT / PT): Full Time

Fixed term or permanent: Fixed Term

Closing Date: 05/09/2019

Job Reference:100030


The core of your role will be to identify, select and deploy a wide variety of Knowledge Exchange (KE) mechanisms, networking and research coordination mechanisms, to build collaborations between the Catapult, our business network, and external academic and research organisations across the UK and Internationally. You can find out more about our current activities from


The main responsibilities of the Knowledge Exchange Manager are as follows:

  • Managing and coordinating the Catapult interface with a wide variety of KE partners, including Universities in the UK and Internationally.
  • Develop bespoke KE offerings for the Catapult’s Value Streams.
  • Develop excellent working relationships with technology transfer, business development and knowledge exchange offices within research institutions.
  • Partner with internal teams to ensure that projects include an appropriate academic partner.
  • Scoping opportunities for collaborative bids and projects.
  • Develop and build knowledge of world leading academic expertise across the UK aligned with the Catapult value streams.
  • Maintain the Catapult’s strategic partnerships with Universities
  • Grow the KE Fellowship and Researchers in Residence programmes.
  • Maintain and develop good relationships with other research and technology organisations in the public and private sectors.
  • Organising workshops and events with stakeholders against clearly defined themes and managed outcomes and actions as appropriate.
  • Work with university partners to support Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, PhD and Masters level students across the UK.
  • Coordinate the delivery of bilateral training courses with university partners.
  • Work with internal teams and UK Space Agency to understand, define and translate skills needs of businesses to the research base.
  • Support the STEM activities of the Catapult (through developing a coordinated programme of support  
  • Strengthen Catapult interface with UKRI, Innovate and other Catapult knowledge exchange teams.
  • Manage contract negotiations with universities.
  • Support the delivery of the Catapult Centres of Excellence network and Regional Engagement Programmes.
  • Support the Business Engagement team as required.


Reporting and Communications

Lead the management of KE Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to enable regular reporting to demonstrate the success of the KE activities. Ensure maximum impact upon the economy and society from the Catapult’s investments in KE.

  • Produce reports and generate KE case studies on a regular basis.
  • Website development for KE programmes to include an active contribution to a KE discussion forum
  • Writing and contributing to newsletters and blogs.


Requirements for the Candidate:

  • Proven experience of delivering a wide range of knowledge exchange activities.
  • Experience of building and managing relationships with the research/science base.
  • An ability in building and shaping an environment where academia and industry work effectively together delivering innovation.
  • A good understanding of the relationship between innovation, development and economic growth.
  • Ability to foster an innovative culture, encouraging non-standard thinking, promoting learning and avoiding short-termism.
  • Ability to stimulate commercial innovation in the universities and research institutes.
  • Knowledge of relevant UK and European government departments and agencies (UKSA, ESA, Innovate UK, UKRI etc.).
  • A high level of individual drive and ambition and an ability to build long term relationships.
  • Proven ability to analyse and present clearly complex information


Desired experience

  • Postgraduate degree in a relevant discipline.
  • Existing relationships with the research/science base.
  • Experience of successful delivery of ‘open innovation’ programmes.
  • Experienced collaborative grant agreement contracts
  • Experience of internship programmes
  • Workshop organisation and facilitation
  • Knowledge and experience of the satellite applications sector. 


This is an exceptional opportunity for an enthusiastic individual, seeking a challenging role to foster new collaborations between academia and businesses and to support the economic growth of the satellite applications sector. Please check out the full JD and submit your CV/profile highlighting relevant experience at your earliest convenience. 

Have some questions? Please do not hesitate to reach out to discuss this opportunity in more detail. You can do so by calling 01235567987 / emailing


Quick facts: This is a permanent role directly with Satellite Applications Catapult. We are based in Harwell with great public transport connections from all of Oxfordshire as well as London. We offer competitive salaries with annual reviews, end of a financial year bonus, 28 days of annual leave plus all your bank holidays paid for as an extra. Our pension scheme is competitive with a maximum of 10% contribution from us if you put in 5% and to top it all off, we have a private medical insurance as a benefit in kind. We work in a collaborative engaging way and believe in empowering our people, after all, you are our greatest asset!


We regret to inform, only in exceptional circumstances, are we able to employ anyone who does not have formal consent to work in the UK. Current limits on immigration to the UK mean that our ability to sponsor employees under Tier 2 (General) of the points-based system is very limited. You are advised to explore possible alternative procedures which do not require sponsorship.

At the Satellite Applications Catapult, we strive to respect the diversity of our staff and ensure that inclusion is at the heart of everything we do. We know that the diversity of our teams, and the respect that our staff feel from others, is one of the factors that keeps us on the cutting edge of innovation. Every day this means we work together to make the most of our differences and celebrate our unique contributions to the amazing work we do. Only by being 100% yourself in the workplace will you feel comfortable to perform at your best.

If you are passionate about what you do, and are driven by our mission to ‘Innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites’, we want to hear from you.

Closing date: 
Monday, September 9, 2019
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