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Jacobs Principal Consultant - Space in Didcot, United Kingdom

Your Impact:

At Jacobs, we'll inspire and empower you to deliver your best work so you can evolve, grow and succeed – today and into tomorrow. With more than 55,000 people in 40 countries, working at Jacobs offers an exciting range of opportunities to develop your career within a supportive and diverse team who always strive to do the right thing for our people, clients and communities. People are Jacobs’ greatest asset, and we offer a competitive package to retain and attract the best talent. In addition to the benefits you’d expect, UK employees also receive free single medical cover and digital GP service, family friendly benefits such as enhanced parental leave pay, free membership of employee assistance and parental programmes, plus reimbursement towards relevant professional development and memberships. We also give back to our communities through our Collectively program which incorporates matched-funding, paid volunteering time and charitable donations. Work-life balance and flexibility is a key focus area for Jacobs. We’re happy to discuss hybrid, part-time and flexible working hours, patterns and locations to suit you and our business.

About the Opportunity

As we grow our UK space focused business, we are seeking a Space Subject Matter Expert who can demonstrate experience and significant knowledge in the fields of Space Exploration, Operations and Space Data Benefits Realisation in the Commercial Space sector. We are seeking a resource that can position Jacobs as a leader in the UK Space sector by significantly add to the space heritage and credibility that comes from Jacobs 50 years involvement the sector in the US with NASA.

Space encompasses many technical disciplines, and whilst not expected to be an expert in everything, suitable candidates will have relevant detailed technical experience across multiple space disciplines, and a strong understanding of the technical requirements for the global space ecosystem. In addition, as this is very much a business growing and winning role, suitable candidates will demonstrate a passion for space and developing a space business, together with a proven business winning mentality and skills set.

Being part of a small team in a larger organisation, working to pivot that organisation towards the UK Space sector, the successful candidate must demonstrate a strong sense of ownership and be able to mobilise and inspire diverse virtual teams to successfully pursue relevant growth opportunities in a fast moving environment.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Act as a Space Solutions Architect for Jacobs in the UK Space sector, by identifying and pursuing space-focused value propositions, pivoting and enhancing existing organisation capabilities from both the space and non-space sectors.

  • By bringing sector-specific thought leadership into Jacobs’ UK operations, provide high-end consultancy and advisory services to key clients, so as to identify and formulate key sector challenges and technical solutions to them. In doing so building client and market recognition of Jacobs as a space-focused service provider outside of the core US market.

  • Work closely with our Space Sales team to identify and supporting the pursuit of space sales opportunities and, more broadly, build a commercially successful business.

  • Developing key customer, stakeholder, delivery partner, suppliers and academic relationships in the UK Space sector. A key component of the role will be identifying and pursuing key partner/supplier relationships to complement and enhance internal capabilities within Jacobs.

  • Bridging the gap between developing concept client solutions during opportunity pursuit and mobilising those solutions into operational delivery teams.

The role will report into one of the Operations within our Critical Missions Solutions (CMS) business and is based at our Harwell office, a major hub for the UK space sector.

If you are interest in applying for this role please provide your CV along with a covering letter which addresses the following questions (CV limited to 2 side, supporting letter to 1 side):

  • What is important to you and why are you interested in a career with Jacobs?

  • What experience do you have in the last 10 years and how will you apply this to the role?

  • How would you measure success in your role?

  • What are your development areas and how would you tackle them if you joined the team?

Here’s what you’ll need :

  • A good first degree in a relevant discipline OR equivalent training/experience

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. Aerospace Engineering, Materials Science, Physics) OR equivalent working experience

  • Outstanding technical and business development experience of relevance to Space Exploration, Operations and/or Space Data Benefits Realisation

  • Experience with the Space regulatory environment

  • Experience with the UK's National Space Strategy

  • Outstanding analytical skills, demonstrated by peer recognition by senior scientists or technical experts

  • Numerate with excellent technical and commercial writing skills

  • Flexible, innovative and keen to develop client portfolio

  • Adaptable, able to work on a number of varied projects at the same time, prioritising as appropriate

  • Able to work in multi-disciplinary teams

  • Enthusiasm to apply skills to the solution of real-world problems

  • Will need to be able to obtain appropriate security clearance

In addition, it would be desirable if candidates could demonstrate one or both of the following:

  • Previous experience as a consultant in a commercial organisation

  • Previous experience in leading a team, ideally with portfolio management or commercial duties

  • Some knowledge and/or experience in the nuclear industry


  • We operate in a hybrid working environment with a flexible mix of home and office working. However, we do expect the candidate covering the role to regularly attend our Harwell office to integrate their work within relevant locally based teams and to interact with the local business ecosystem

  • Our prospective clients and delivery teams cover a wide range of markets and UK geographies and therefore some UK and international travel will be necessary

Interviews will be held face to face at the Harwell office or via MS Teams. Shortlisted candidates may then be invited to participate in further down-selection.

Our Culture

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