Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC249333
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £38318 - £42576
Date Posted 02 May 2019
Grade UKRI-Band E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 12 June 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £38,318 - £42,576 plus excellent benefits
Grade: UKRI - E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: Sunday 12th June 2019

About Us

The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) RAL Space department carries out an exciting range of world-class space research and technology development. We’ve had significant involvement in over 200 space missions and operate at the very forefront of UK Space Research. Find out more about the STFC RAL Space Development and Test facility here:

RAL Space was recently awarded £99m from the UK Government to develop the National Satellite Test Facility (NSTF), which is now in the early construction phase. This facility will provide a world class set of co-located facilities for the assembly, integration and testing of space payloads and satellites. The facility will have the capability to conduct Thermal, Vibration, Acoustic, Pyroshock, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) and antennae testing for payloads up to 7 tonnes within clean room conditions.

This significant new investment adds to the existing facilities operated by RAL Space department, part of STFC, within UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). We offer a benefits package designed to provide an excellent work/life balance. This includes 30 days’ annual leave, 10.5 public and privilege days, Christmas shut down, flexible working hours, a workplace nursery, an exceptional defined benefit pension scheme, and social and sporting activities and societies. Full details can be found on STFC’s careers pages.

About the role

You will be instrumental in the successful operation of the existing and new test facilities as they are developed. The operation will be underpinned by the planning function and planning will provide vital visibility of the short, medium and long term plans to ensure the facilities are optimised. Schedules will be constructed around business as usual activities which will need to be updated and re-scheduled on daily basis as a result of internal and external influences. 

You will be responsible for creating and maintaining the live facility master plan, through the extraction of information from multiple locations and people, including: Head of RAL Space Operations, ETD Operational Group Leaders and Test Programme Managers. In addition to building the master plans, you will also be responsible for identifying conflicts, acting as a catalyst in the resolution of clashes between competing requirements in the first instance and then presenting issues and options to senior staff as appropriate.

Responsibilities include:

  • responsible for creation and maintenance of a master facility plan
  • responsible for planning tool maintenance
  • responsible for presenting the facility usage in multiple formats
  • tracking utilisation rates for the various facilities and predicting over and underutilisation
  • assist in the definition of planning process and implementation
  • responsible for planning software selection and implementation
  • responsible for gathering all schedule information via communication with key projects and customers.

Key contacts and communications will be with:

  • business development (for future opportunity loadings)
  • Test Program Managers (through bid stage and under contract)
  • Principle Test Engineers (for maintenance and test activities)
  • Operational Group Leaders (for maintenance and test activities)
  • quality function within RAL Space
  • safety function in RAL Space
  • Customer Office (presentation of facility information)
  • Head of RAL Space Operations (for conflict management)
  • Senior Management for presentation of information / scenarios.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • you may either be educated to degree level (or equivalent) in a related field, or you may have a vocational qualification alongside relevant experience (S)
  • previous expiring of planning and resource scheduling in a complex technical environment. (S&I)
  • demonstration of the ability and tenacity to extract information from multiple sources (S&I)
  • demonstration of selection of appropriate visualisation tools (S&I)
  • demonstration of appropriate planning software selection and implementation (S&I)
  • ability to retain the ‘big picture’ and anticipate potential problems (I)
  • ability to extract key planning information from multiple sources (I)
  • ability to understand dependencies between activities (I)
  • attention to detail (S&I)
  • excellent interpersonal skills (I)
  • excellent communication skills both written and verbal (S&I)
  • ability to present complex plans in the most simplistic form suitable (S&I)
  • significant skills and experience in negotiation and working with multidisciplinary teams of internal and external contacts. (S&I)


  • experience of working in space testing would be of significant advantage (S&I)

Due to the requirements of some test campaigns security clearance may be required.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

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