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Space Cluster Development Manager – Role Description (full time, 6 months contract)

As Scotland’s Space Cluster Development Manager, the selected candidate will report directly to the Chair of Space Scotland and Executive Director of the Scottish Space Group. The individual will be responsible for the delivery of a series of work packages aimed at enabling the emerging Scottish space hub to better manage, coordinate and promote its local space sector and to implement the local strategic plans for space sector development.

The role aims to stimulate and lay the foundation for future cluster development activity and increase the maturity of the Scottish space cluster.

Responsibilities & Duties: 

  • Work collaboratively with the Scottish Space Leadership Council and wider businesses and academia to own and drive forward the recommended actions from a local strategic plan for space sector growth (already developed)
  • Work closely and proactively with national enterprise agencies such as Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Development International to ensure that the Space sector is embedded as a priority and focus for local support and investment
  • Identify funding sources, both private and public, to support the delivery of local space sector development plans, supporting business case development to secure additional investment for the region when opportunities arise
  • Identify market opportunities, broker partnerships and build relationships between space and non-space businesses and organisations and with local and national Government to leverage these opportunities
  • Gather evidence of Scotland’s space sector capabilities, skills and assets, working with delivery partners to identify strengths, gaps and addressable markets. This evidence should be used to identify new opportunities for the region, inform decision making and direction setting for the local space leadership forum and support business case development- ultimately ensuring optimal alignment of the local space sector to the wider market
  • Use the UK Space Agency and Satellite Applications Catapult’s Space Enterprise Network and suite of support mechanisms to help broker partnerships, match businesses with opportunities or required expertise, communicate and provide business development support to enable local businesses to maximise the potential of these addressable markets.
  • Engage proactively with local academic institutions and the Scottish Space Academic Forum to encourage knowledge exchange between industry and academia
  • Provide day to day space cluster management, coordinating and disseminating information to support delivery, gathering, storing and processing data in line with GDPR regulations
  • Monitoring and reporting on businesses within the region to ensure that impact can be effectively measured by the Scottish Space Group and UK Space Agency
  • Report against clearly defined Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) focussed on increasing the number of businesses engaging with the cluster, increasing local and inward investment, increased presence of Space within local economic plans, increase in number of applications to local and national funding calls from space businesses in Scotland
  • Work with delivery partners to plan and organise a series of engagements with other clusters and international regions for the next 3 years, delivering initial pilot workshops or webinars within the contracted period
  • Act as a strong voice and champion for space within the region, contributing to or hosting the aforementioned events and workshops to support local business needs and to promote the cluster nationally and internationally

Candidate Requirements

  • Demonstrable interest in the commercial ‘newspace’ sector
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Experience of strategic implementation
  • An understanding of Scotland’s enterprise agencies and the support landscape for businesses


Remuneration for the role will be £50,000 per annum (pro rata at £25,000 for the contracted 6 month period)

A CV and cover letter should be emailed to before the 26th of November.