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About the role
The Space Sector nationally and globally is set to explode, with market predictions of a tripling of size of the industry over the coming decade. The University has the largest space-related academic grouping in the country, possesses a nationally recognised leadership role in Earth Observation (via hosting the NERC National Centre for Earth Observation) and boasts a strong heritage of working with industry, with a Leicester built instrument deployed in orbit every year since 1967.
 
The University is working now with partners to develop a new £100m+ “Space Park”, on the Pioneer Park Enterprise Zone, close to the City Centre.  The Space Park will house academics and industry (from SMEs through to multinational corporates) in addition to other key partners including the Satellite Applications Catapult.  The initial phase of the Space Park will be focussed on research and development, with a future Phase planned for manufacturing of low cost, high performance satellites. 
 
Supported by Government and industry, this multi-million pound endeavour is recognised by partners as being critical to the delivery of UK space competitiveness.
 
Although the first Phase of the Space Park will not open until late 2020, an experienced Operations Manager is required. You will lead all aspects of the operational forward planning for the Space Park ahead of opening, ensuring smooth operations from day 1. In addition, you will interface with industrial partners and other stage holders ensuring their requirements are delivered whilst ensuring new market offerings are appropriately planned, costed, resourced and priced. You will play a major part in designing the operations for, and subsequently delivering, this strategic initiative.
 
This is a unique opportunity for someone with deep operational expertise to play a leading role in an endeavour that will be transformational for the University, City, Region and UK Space Industry.  The role will be pivotal in cementing the reputation of the Space Park amongst visitors as the place for space-related innovation in the UK.

About you
This exciting opportunity requires a self-starter, with experience of leading a team to achieve its objectives. You will have experience of managing in a complex environment, with a professional approach to work and with an awareness of broad organisational issues. Though not essential, you may have experience and / or knowledge of the space sector, alongside knowledge of the operation of science parks or large research centres.
 
You will have the ability to lead, work with and support colleagues in a complex environment, whilst having the ability to building long-term relationships and networks. Attention to detail is key with the enthusiasm and drive to push tasks through to completion.
Additional information

Informal enquiries regarding this opportunity are welcome and should be made to Penny Jackson, Director of Operations on pj83@leicester.ac.uk.

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff. Located in the heart of the UK, you will have the opportunity to progress your career in a supportive and varied environment that values hard work and recognises individual achievement.
 
In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here