Bid Manager (Commercial) Visa Sponsorship Uk

June 18, 2024
£38 - £44 / year

Job Description




Astroscale is looking for a motivated Bid Manager to join our new state-of-the-art UK office in the Harwell Space Cluster.

This is an amazing and one-of-a-kind opportunity to join a vibrant firm that is committed to making a positive contribution to the rising problem of orbital debris, which threatens humanity’s continued use of space.

You will report to the Head of Business Development and Product Strategy on the BD team and collaborate with us to create proposals and acquire funding for Astroscale UK. You will be able to assist in a variety of BD-related areas, including proposal creation and capture management for commercial sales.

Astroscale’s work atmosphere is fast-paced and dynamic, with numerous opportunities to learn and contribute. This position is appropriate for someone with previous bid experience, perhaps in the aerospace sector or sophisticated technical services or products, who wants to take on more responsibility for bid delivery from start to finish.


Bid Capture Management

● Maintain or facilitate customer-facing interactions about commercial services, from early engagements to bid development and negotiations.

● Take on the task of overseeing and coordinating whole bids, or parts of bids as needed, from call opening to bid submission.

● Control the total production of bid quantities to assure delivery on time.

● Draw on other appropriate Astroscale teams (as needed for larger bids), such as the projects, engineering, procurement and contractual, finance, and business analysis teams.

● Ensure bid execution in accordance with the bid PA/QA philosophy; perform bid/no bid and later stage bid reviews (e.g., gold/red team) as needed; and conduct win-theme analysis.

● Control bid finances by collaborating with the finance team and external partners on a multi-partner/consortium-style financial assignment and control.

● Support the business analysis team in developing customer and competition analyses.

Sales Support

● Create and manage commercial bid documents and artefacts.

● Assist the sales team with pipeline and capture planning development.

● Assist the sales team with proposal development for commercial prospects.


Essential Skills

● Minimum of 2 – 4 years of experience in bid management in the space business, with preference given to individuals who have worked on commercial space bids during their entire lifespan.

● Experience working on bids of various sizes, ranging from 1 to 2 pager expressions of interest to minor R&D bids to bigger mission / service proposals of hundreds of pages.

● Experience delivering and compiling all essential bid volumes, including technical, commercial, financial, implementation, management, contractual, and risk.

● An outstanding “sales / marketing style” in bid production that may be utilised to convey the company’s selling points and create competitive but deliverable bids.

● Self-motivated, proactive, and willing to take the initiative.

● Excellent interpersonal, organisational, and written/verbal communication abilities, applicable to both technical and non-technical audiences.

● A thorough understanding of the space industry and ecosystem.

● Passionate about space, having expertise in the space environment and debris.


Desirable Skills

● Postgraduate degree (in engineering, if possible).

● Experience bidding in the following technical areas: in-orbit servicing, active debris removal, and space situational awareness. Space segment bid capacity is desirable, while ground segment bid capacity is useful but not required.

● Strong commercial awareness.

● Understanding of project management for space programmes, or previous expertise in this area.

● Understanding the UKSA or ESA ecosystem and how to bid on UKSA or ESA calls.

● Experience working in a satellite business development or sales setting.


  • Competitive base salary.
  • Opportunity to collaborate with a highly talented, varied, and dynamic international team using cutting-edge technology.
  • Flexible working arrangements around core hours in a welcoming and supportive atmosphere
  • Hybrid working is available (based on individual position requirements).
  • 25 days holiday (growing yearly up to a maximum of 28 days) plus 8 days bank holiday
  • Life insurance and long-term ill pay.
  • Private healthcare (a taxable benefit).
  • Relocation Allowance
  • Visa sponsorship for employees is considered.
  • New modern office and cleanroom facilities.
  • Regular social events



Astroscale UK (Harwell) has the potential for international conferences and Astroscale subsidiary visits.


About Astroscale.

We intend to deliver cutting-edge technologies that will be integrated into everyday commercial space activities by 2030.

Astroscale is the first commercial enterprise with a vision to ensure the safe and sustainable development of space for future generations, as well as the sole provider of in-orbit servicing across all orbits. Founded in 2013, we are developing innovative and scalable solutions for a wide range of in-orbit servicing missions, including end-of-life services, active debris removal, in-situ space situational awareness, and life extension services, in order to create sustainable space systems and mitigate the hazardous buildup of space debris.

Astroscale is an equal opportunity employer that values a diverse workforce. All competent applicants, particularly minorities, women, and those with impairments, are urged to apply.


Please note that Astroscale has a preferred supplier list and does not accept unsolicited contacts from recruitment agencies. Please do not send candidate CVs or information in response to this advertisement, or to any Astroscale employee.