Bid & Partnership Manager

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Open Cosmos [OC-BPM]

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

About this job

You will be joining Open Cosmos Programmes team in Harwell-Oxford (UK) and you will be responsible for the management of bids and relationships needed to develop space missions for future projects. Basic knowledge of either Earth Observation or Telecommunications payloads is required.

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
  • Transport Allowance – extra pocket money to support our best talent working together
  • 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?
  • Annual Company Retreat
  • Remote working as per company policy
  • Working from home as per company policy
  • Annual Salary Review

Please include your CV, Cover Letter (max ½ page) and any relevant links to LinkedIn and your work (eg. GitHub, C++,  <iostream>).


  • Support the identification of funding opportunities in France and the UK
  • Lead and define proposals for commercial and institutional space missions and R&D projects. That includes:
    • Translating customer requests coming from the commercial team into space mission requirements
    • Iterating with customers on the technical drivers of their needs and requirements
    • Defining a space mission architecture: space, ground, launch segment, and regulatory segment. In the case of the space segment, identify the payload type and associated partner
    • Leading, coordinate and write full proposals with support from the technical, supply chain and commercial teams: technical definition, cost definition
  • Support the development of tools and database to automotise the bid process


  • Engineering background in space
  • Proven experience in space mission analysis
  • Strong experience in excel
  • Ability to communicate to technical and non-technical audience
  • Being able to tackle commercial, technical and programmatic constraints
  • Autonomous and challenge-driven
  • Proactive and resourceful
  • Strongly motivated and ability to communicate it

Nice to have

  • Coding skills in Java script, VBA, Matlab
  • Mission analysis through STK, Savoir or other tools
  • Satellite design
  • Project management
  • Bid management
  • Negotiation with partners

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