Project Manager - space laser communications

Harwell Space Campus, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Oct 17, 2018
Nov 07, 2018
Contract Type
Archangel Lightworks is a start-up specialised in space laser communications based in Harwell Space Campus, Oxfordshire. Founded in mid-2017, we have secured long-term funding and successfully demonstrated several novel prototypes related to laser transmission and efficient perpendicular solar concentration. Our mission is to make 10x more data download possible to meet the demand from the growing satellites market, especially smallsats, delivering more data from the earth orbit to the ground at higher speed.

Role & Responsibilities

We are looking for a reliable and experienced Aerospace Project Manager with technical leadership skills to ensure consistent and highly satisfactory project delivery to augment our rapidly growing team. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing & tracking realistic project plans in a fast paced, start-up environment.

Specific job responsibilities include but not limited to:

- Managing all project deliverables to milestones, budget and resource.

- Ensuring work packages converge throughout the project working closely with a multidisciplinary team of varying experience levels.

- Managing risk throughout a multi-year project to ensure delivery and successful project outcome.

- Managing ESA (European Space Agency) interface, including project reporting, verbal and written communications.

- Supporting customer interactions for winning new work.

- Develop and mentor junior engineers in their project leadership skills and assist them in identifying and controlling risks to the project's progress.

- Review and update internal management and project reporting process, have significant influence on establishing new systems.

Interested applicants may also consider starting first as a fixed-term consultant while rolling into a permanent role although this is less preferred.

Required skills/experience:

- Must have Project Management experience from project definition to product delivery/demonstration.

- Familiarity with European Space Agency reporting and project-related processes.

- Experience with assessing and managing risks in aerospace projects.

- Have exceptional communication skills, both written and spoken.

- Exceptional presentation and customer/supplier relationship management skills.

- Have at least a BSc degree in a science subject.

- Proficient English, positive attitude, self-driven and interested in working in a start-up environment

- Independent, quick learner, can structure and show initiatives to thoroughly evaluate and solve problems from different angles, proactively push progress forward

Desirable additional skills/experience:

- Experience with different space communication architectures, working on space communion projects.

- Experience managing, participating in drone test campaigns flying (payload and platform)

- Experience managing Cubesat development projects.

- Experience obtaining Airspace clearance and interacting with aviation authorities from various countries.

- International logistics management experience for both personal and hardware.

- Familiarity with ESA quality procedures.

- Strong commercial, industry experience.


You will be remunerated competitively depending on your experience and skills. We work around delivery-focused, agile sprints such that you will be making impact early and regularly, with a sustainable work-life balance. There are options for flexible working hours, (some) working from home, travel and training bursaries, as needed. We also work in the buzzing Harwell Space Campus with regular events on site (networking, workshops), and delicious lunch time international cuisines.

Dates and duration:

Suitable candidate to join as soon as possible, with the start date negotiable.


Our offices are with the European Space Agency at Harwell, near Oxford. Flight locations are 30 min drive away. Some remote work will be possible. There might be some opportunities for overseas travel - please indicate any restrictions due to visas etc.


Please apply via and select the role(s) you're interested in. If you have questions please drop us a line at applications [at] archangel [dot] works. If shortlisted, our HR team will be in touch to make further arrangements. Early application is strongly advised as the position may be filled sooner.

Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, Archangel Lightworks reserves the right to commence, alter or conclude the recruitment process earlier.

To comply with data protection laws, we keep all candidates' personal data confidential and secure while their applications are being considered and remove such data as soon as possible (in the same month) once a decision has been reached

We don't have Tier 2 sponsor licence and won't be able to provide a work permit.
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