Space Technology Business Analyst Intern

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Satellite Applications Catapult [100156]

Field(s) of expertise
Information Technology Business Administration and Finance
Job type

About this job

The Catapult maintains an internal market intelligence portfolio to assist in understanding the small satellite market for strategic and corporate support purposes. These data are collated from multiple sources that are fragmented and not easily exploitable. Furthermore, the diverse and responsive nature of the space sector, in particular the “New Space” movement, results in changes in the related economics and technologies on a basis more regular than annual reports can address.

On joining this 12-month placement, you will be contributing to this on-going work activity, where you will be required to quickly integrate with the Access to Space and Business Strategy teams and begin to contribute straight away.


Typical day-to-day activities are likely to include:

  • Technology capability exploration through direct and indirect research methods.
  • Collation and regular reporting of results and updates to internal stakeholders
  • Support where necessary for bespoke analysis tasks for bids, projects or external customers
  • Design and implement a weekly news on the “New Space” announcements, gathering information from global space sector news resources, maintenance of a small satellite market intelligence database
  • Participation in strategy/commercialisation workshops with start-up companies

This role will give you experience in the cutting edge of the UK commercial space sector, engaging with and in proximity to a cross-cutting range of organizations of differing sizes and maturity, covering multiple industry sectors and representing many elements of the satellite missions and services value chain.


We are a learning organisation where our ways of working are underpinned by coaching and feedback, fostering adult to adult conversations. Innovation is at the heart of everything that we do, therefore being highly adaptive and agile with a GROWTH mindset will ensure your success at the Catapult. We expect our people to be Pioneering, Agile, Collaborative and Entrepreneurial, working at PACE.

Skills & Experience required:

  • 2nd year student looking for industrial placement in the space sector or recent graduate looking to gain experience in the space sector
  • You should have received or have an expected degree of at least 2:1 or higher
  • A demonstrable interest in the space sector, in particular the commercial aspects of the industry. Examples or experience in engaging with satellite, subsystem and/or component manufacturers, service operators or end users would be of benefit
  • An interest in learning more about the UK commercial space sector and integrating it with your future career plans
  • Comprehension of basic engineering principles and approaches in delivering complex systems and solutions
  • Competency in creation and management of Microsoft Office software tools, in particular Excel and its advanced functions
  • Taking or have a degree in a science, technology, engineering or maths subject with a clear aim of taking it into a business-focused career; or combined business/management and engineering; or pure business or economics with examples of application of these skills to activities related to the space sector
  • An aptitude for desk research, collation and presentation of findings

Desired experience

  • More advanced database design and management would be of interest
  • Work experience in a similar engineering or business-focused role
  • Public speaking, presentation or publication of formal or informal work and activities

Behaviours expected:

  • You should expect to be pro-active and self-guided, to meet and exceed stakeholder expectations and explore and propose future opportunities to exploit the results of your work
  • You should meet your deadlines and produce high-quality outputs for both internal and external customers

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