Deputy Chief Executive for Programme Delivery and Head of Profession


London, Swindon or Harwell with regular travel between sites and up to 3 days per week in London



“Be part of the team leading the New Space Age”

Developing the UK space sector is a key element of the Government’s ambition to be a world-leading science superpower. We are responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme, provide a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions and represent the UK at the international level on global space policy issues. Our vision is to lead the New Space Age to generate sustainable economic growth, advance scientific knowledge and realise benefits for the UK’s citizens from new technologies.

With increasing global responsibilities and exciting new major programmes that include developing spaceflight in the UK, this role is a fantastic opportunity to take up a strategic leadership role at a crucial and challenging time. Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will be part of the Executive Board and lead two directorates within the agency, as well as taking up the mantle of Head of Project profession.

You will therefore be an outstanding leader with the ability to provide strategic vision, to engage and motivate diverse teams. As senior responsible officer and champion for Major Space programmes you will be experienced in leading a complex portfolio, able to deliver within an ambiguous or shifting context, under scrutiny. We are looking for an exceptional communicator, able to demonstrate credibility and influence key strategic stakeholders both within Government and Industry, and where necessary representing the agency at key engagements such as National Space Council. You will have a project management qualification such as Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA), or equivalent experience.

We are happy to consider flexible working, and welcome applications from all backgrounds which supports our Diversity and Inclusion ethos, where we would like a broader representation on our Executive Board.

For more information, and to apply, please download the attached candidate information pack.

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Job description

This is a demanding role, requiring a leader who can provide the intellectual rigour, decisive leadership and stakeholder influence needed to ensure delivery of projects and major programmes which are large in size, politically sensitive, technically complex and have a large number of high-profile stakeholders.

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) are increasingly crucial to our daily lives. Up to 13 per cent of the UK’s GDP is directly supported by satellite navigation systems. The UK Space Agency is leading a major project to explore options for a possible new Space Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing capability, working closely with the Ministry of Defence, Cabinet Office and BEIS. The Deputy Chief Executive will have board level responsibility as the Senior Responsible Owner (SRO) for this programme of work to produce cost, schedule and design analysis for options that would inform a final investment decision.

They will also lead as SRO for the UK’s Spaceflight Programme, which aims to create the conditions for commercial small satellite launch and sub-orbital flight from UK spaceports. This is a cross-Government programme using a combination of grant support, development of regulatory capability and other tools for market development run jointly with the Department for Transport and the Civil Aviation Authority.

In support of these major programmes, the Deputy Chief Executive will lead two directorates within the Agency, including managing three Deputy Director roles:

• Commercial Spaceflight
• Regulation (noting plans for this to transfer out of UKSA over coming period)

As Head of Profession, the Post Holder will lead and champion major Programme and Project Delivery within the Agency and across government. They will be responsible for the strategic development of the project delivery profession and building project delivery capability. This includes advising on a portfolio management approach within the Agency. They are responsible for influencing decision making to ensure that projects are properly resourced and successfully delivered. Programmes will be managed through clear initiation, agreed and deliverable benefits articulated through high quality business cases and consideration by cross Government sponsors and UKSA Portfolio governance.

As a member of the UK Space Agency’s Executive Board, the Deputy Chief Executive for Major Programme Delivery will also help to set a vision for the Agency’s future, monitor and account for its performance and risk management, and support high levels of staff engagement. They will attend regular steering board and audit committee meetings and deputise for the CEO as appropriate.

The Deputy Chief Executive for Major Programme Delivery sits as a member of the UKSA Steering Board.


Professional Competence and Experience Required;

Significant experience of complex programme and project portfolio management, with an ability to deliver in an ambiguous or shifting context;

Excellent leadership skills, displaying passion and commitment with the ability to deliver change through people;
A sound understanding of financial governance processes to ensure effective stewardship of UKSA budget;

A track record of working effectively with a range of senior officials and main industry stakeholders, including at executive board level affecting real change and influence;

The ability to communicate effectively with a range of audiences including non-technical, both inside and outside government and act as a credible representative for the agency;

Experience of providing high quality advice and assurance, and challenging on regularity and propriety.

A professional programme or project management qualification such as Major Projects Leadership Academy (MPLA) or equivalent experience

Although not essential, it is desirable if candidates have;

An understanding of the workings of Government and ability to communicate at ministerial level

Apply today!