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about 1 year ago
Serco UK Recruitment
Salary band: £50k - £60k
Location: Staffordshire
Job type: Permanent
Contact: Human Resource
Category: Middle Managers Jobs
Serco is a FTSE 250 international service company which combines commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos.  We improve services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. We advise policy makers, design innovative solutions, integrate systems and - most of all - deliver to the public.  Serco supports governments, agencies and companies who seek a trusted partner with a solid track-record of providing assured service excellence. Our people offer operational, management and consulting expertise in the aerospace, defence, education, health, justice and immigration, local government, science, technology, transport and the commercial sectors.

Serco Defence are the current holders of a prestigious contract which provides secure military satellite communications services to governments, armed forces, International Treaty Organisations and businesses around the world.

The primary focus of this contract is to provide the UK Ministry of Defence’s secure Skynet 5 satellite communications service to the UK Armed Forces. The terms of the contract, and the additional in-built capacity of Skynet 5, mean we can also support the provision of secure communication services to non-UK armed forces, governments, organisations and businesses.

We currently have a full time opportunity for a Spacecraft Operations Manager (SOM) to join the Serco management team within the Skynet Space Operations Centres in Corsham Wiltshire. Reporting to the Head of Operations, this key role will be responsible for the dedicated team of Spacecraft Controllers who ensure the 24/7 command and control of the Skynet constellation of communications satellites.

As the SOM, you will need to attain (or prove from experience) a theoretical and practical understanding of geo-synchronous spacecraft in order to manage your team of Controllers and to report direct to the customer on spacecraft and training issues.  You will need to be a proven manager of people and resources with excellent communication skills.  In addition to the technical aspect of the SOM role, as a Serco Manager you will need to have a good working relationship with the Customer, manage contractual Key Performance Indicators, and assist with budgetary planning, HR, payroll and other life-support issues.

The role of Space Operations Manager requires flexibility and agility; the position offers exposure to both the operational aspects of geo-spacecraft control, coupled with various management and contractual responsibilities needed to manage a team of specialist within a high performing contract.  Reliable 24/7 Spacecraft operations form part of the Skynet 5 contract and the Space Operations Manager’s role is critical to this output. The role also offers career opportunities within the Serco management structure and the space industry as a whole.

This job is offered subject to successfully obtaining SC Clearance.

On occasion we receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. 

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