HR Manager

Harwell, United Kingdom (UK), Satellite Applications Catapult [100127]

Field(s) of expertise
Human Resources and Recruitment
Job type

About this job

The Challenge: To further build and maintain a high performing HR service, delivering excellence and innovation in service, which has a person-centred approach and focus.

Ways of Working: 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.

About Us

The purpose of the Catapult is to support UK industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market predicted by 2030.

We focus on three themes across our targeted market areas:

Energising the Market – We unlock customer demand and open new markets to the space sector.

Empowering the Technology – We help companies bring their product or service to market.



This is a new role to build on, and develop, the next stage of our evolution from a start up to high performing learning organisation.

You will use your awesome skills and insights to create innovative and impactful solutions that unlock the potential of our people.

Working with your team you will be responsible for the efficient and smooth running of the everyday service, always striving to develop and improve the people experience.

This is an amazing opportunity for a qualified HR Manager with solid experience in the fundamentals of HR (employee relations, TUPE, Redundancy, Payroll, Reward & Benefits).

  • You are passionate about doing great HR, continually evolving your HR style underpinned by coaching, growth mindset and post-heroic leadership.
  • You won’t let perfection get in the way of good enough, you will be open to experimenting, testing and learning from failure, positioning innovation at the forefront of people practice.
  • You will have a thirst for continually developing yourself to be at the cutting edge of thinking on people and broader society, sharing your knowledge with colleagues to create a great learning environment.

Here at the Catapult we do HR with a difference, if you are up for an incredible journey where you will experience bumps and opportunities to grow and develop as a person, we would love to hear from you!


Skills & Experience required:

  • CIPD Qualified / Equivalent Experience.
  • Strong and demonstrable experience in the fundamentals of HR (ER, TUPE, Redundancy, Payroll, Benefits, Reward).
  • People Management experience.
  • Knowledge of relevant employment legislation (i.e. IR35, UKVI).
  • Experience in resourcing, talent management and workforce planning.
  • Outstanding communicator, using coaching and feedback, empathy and influence.

Behaviours expected:

  • Curiosity
  • Innovation & Creativity
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Decisive Thinking
  • Skilled Influencer
  • Credibility
  • Collaborative
  • Driven to deliver
  • Courage to challenge
  • Role Model
  • Reflector / GROWTH mindset
  • Vulnerability
  • Passion

Success factors: You know you have been successful when…

You have built on and further strengthened the HR team and service

Our People Managers and fellow Catapultians are supported to deliver in their roles

There are innovative policies, practices and initiatives that genuinely support people to thrive throughout their Catapult journey

You are continuously developing and sharing your knowledge and learning to continuously improve to ensure we adapt to our VUCA world

The purpose of your new team:

The core focus of the people team is to ensure our people are empowered, engaged and developed to work in Pioneering, Agile,Collaborative and Entrepreneurial ways to ‘Innovate for a better world empowered by Satellites’.

We do this by developing initiatives and providing services that support the ‘moments that matter’ throughout a Catapultians journey here at the Catapult.

What we will give you: The Catapult fosters an open and collaborative culture that stimulates and develops staff and encourages collaboration and innovation. Our employee value proposition is strong. We have worked hard to create an environment which is dynamic, exciting, challenging,rewarding, flexible and, most importantly, fun.

You will work in an adult environment where focus is on your expertise and delivery of service rather than clocking in and out.

You will receive regular feedback and touch points with your management as well as peers to support personal and professional development.

We have an excellent benefits structure that includes, but is not limited to end of financial year bonus scheme; up to 10% employer contribution on our Scottish Widows pension scheme; optional AXA Private Medical cover as benefit in kind; generous holiday scheme with an option to buy and sell holidays: dedicated Mental Health First Aiders as well as an Employee Assistance Program as well as income insurance should things not go to according to plan.

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.



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