Viasat UK Space Technical Solutions Architect

United Kingdom - Farnborough Ref #13470 02-Dec-2022

Job Description

One team. Global challenges. Infinite opportunities. At Viasat, we’re on a mission to deliver connections with the capacity to change the world. For more than 35 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the globe communicate. We’re looking for people who think big, act fearlessly, and create an inclusive environment that drives positive impact to join our team.

Scope/Purpose of Role 
The primary role of the Space Technical Solutions Architect will be the coordination and management of activities in support of industry engagement including with UKSpace, UK Space Agency, TechUK, academia and ESA. The role is to ensure our continued engagement with these entities to develop and deliver on opportunities for Viasat UK within the space sector. This includes establishing relationships with these agencies, managing and supporting bid and funding opportunities, coordinating the various internal parties needed to fulfil any requirement in support of these activities. There is also an opportunity to continue to  improve the Viasat UK relationship with our European offices and to work alongside all Viasat to support ESA opportunities.  
Additionally, because of the exciting position in which Viasat UK currently operates as a small rapidly grow
ing team, there is the opportunity and requirement to get involved and contribute to a broader range of capabilities within the Space campaign team. There is the real opportunity for a suitably motivated individual to influence and engage, shaping the business development team to drive additional growth and significantly contribute towards the overall success of Viasat UK.   
Responsibilities and Duties 
•  Support the BD Lead in engagement with Industry within the UK Space sector  
•  Support the Viasat UK activities with the UK Space Agency   
•  Support the Viasat UK activities with ESA   
•  Take a lead role for future ESA studies and support funding projects in collaboration  
with Viasat’s Europe and US offices  
•  Represent Viasat on UK Space committees including Space Security and Defence  
•  Provide support to the Satellite Applications Catapult and our Harwell campus location  
•  Support Viasat management with the UK Space industry and BEIS   
•  Support study and bid development opportunities with ESA  
•  Drive engagement with UKSpace   
•  Work with the BD and sales team to maintain key relationships with external  
stakeholders other industry partners  
In addition, from time to time, the role may include other tasks and responsibilities not 
covered above in order to achieve project or business objectives. 
Skills / Knowledge / Attributes 
You will have a wide experience across the Space and Defence industry and/or government  
services, enjoy a fast-paced, innovative environment where you are being counted on to  
support and develop winning strategies and drive solutions.   You will be self-motivated and  
enjoy challenge as well as being comfortable with ambiguity in a fast-paced high growth  
•  Experience in the use, planning and deployment of communication products, systems  
and technologies across the Defence and Security community  
•  Knowledge of UK MOD & Government, ESA and NATO frameworks.  
•  Knowledge of the UK Space industry and associated collaboration fora  
•  Proactive in building relationships with ability to listen and capture customer issues,  
requirements and plans.  
•  Proven ability to assimilate and communicate detailed operational & technical  
information pertaining to Viasat technologies and capabilities.   
•  Positive and dynamic approach to problem solving and opportunity management.  
•  A self-motivated achiever and team player, internally driven to accomplish goals.  
•  Excellent communication skills - both written and oral, with the ability to communicate  
and influence at all levels  
•  Effective collaborator  
•  Flexible team player  
•  Highly organised, self-motivated, able to multi-task and work to deadlines  
•  Excellent interpersonal skills  
•  Advanced computer literacy.  
•  A demonstrable track record of hitting personal targets.  
•  Capable of obtaining (or already hold) security clearance (SC or higher) to work on UK  
Government projects 
•  Existing or demonstrable ability to build and maintain effective working relationships  
with the UK Space agencies and industry members, Military and government.  
•  Excellent communication, organisational, motivational, team-working and IT skills.   
•  The ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines. 
•  Willingness to travel - UK and International. 

•  A degree-level qualification in a relevant discipline.  

•  Prioritising and triaging obligations.

•  Ability to solve tough problems.

•  Knowledge of security evaluation processes.  

•  Experience of working in UK Defence and/or Government security markets.  
•  Experience of sales marketing and Capture.   


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Additional Requirements and Information

Minimum Education
Bachelors Degree or equivalent experience
Years of Experience
8-15 years
United Kingdom National required
Must be able to obtain a United Kingdom security clearance
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