Satellite Applications Catapult

Chief of Finance and Operations

The role

Supporting teams:  Finance, People, IT, Commercial and Legal, Impact and Evaluation, Governance and Facilities           

Reporting into our Chief Executive Officer, this role is responsible for ensuring that we have the right services supporting the Catapult and that the quality of those services are high, supporting leaders who are experts in their area to maximise their impact. You will also support the strategic direction of the company by critically assessing, managing and developing the company’s financial and impact performance.

As the CFOO, you are….

  • Responsible for financial advice and direction – You will provide advice on all financial and impact matters to the CEO and EMT to support the company’s strategy. This includes understanding and mitigating financial elements of the company’s risks, including state aid, grant recognition and cashflow. 
  • Accountable for internal service delivery – You will ensure all services are of high quality and continually developing their offering to the company. You will enable the leaders of those services to deliver excellent value for money and seek feedback to help further development.
  • Developing impact and people measures – You will move beyond the required financial reporting to develop a holistic methodology of reporting our organisational achievements suitable for both an internal and external audience. You will work with the relevant leads to elevate and embed new reporting practices.
  • Supporting our People team – You will support our People team to ensure colleagues are well supported, effectively managed and developed to ensure our success.
  • Managing risk – you will be accountable for the risk management process of or organisation, supporting our jouney to mature and refine our risk appetite while at the same time adding complex dimensions such as considering the implications and required changes needed for specific MoD contracts.
  • Sponsor for ISO needs – You will support the business by ensuring appropriate ISO accreditations are considered and selected in the best interests of the organisation and the work we undertake.
  •  Coordinating – You will actively nurture the operational matrix, identifying conflicts and weaknesses that have the potential to impact the overall purpose and effectiveness of the design

You will also…

  • Be a Executive member of the Board and Act as company secretary undertaking statutory reporting duties
  • As a member of the organisations Executive Management Team contribute to corporate decision making including allocation of people and capital to ensure successful delivery of SAC strategy.
  • Managing to budget and proactive identification of budget need
  • Supporting the process of evaluation and ensuring lessons are learnt post-delivery and impact, translating these into organisational improvements
  • Work with other Catapults in the Network to ensure effective collaboration
  • Connecting the catapult with the customer and partner organisations in needs to work with to be successful

We expect that you would have the following skills and experience…

  • Experience leading and developing inclusive high performing, multi-disciplinary teams
  • Experience of operational leadership in a complex multidimensional environment, ideally in science, defence, government or technology organisations.
  • Experience of impact and evaluation reporting and development
  • Strong commercial experience and a deep understanding of public funding dynamics and requirements.  Experience of strategic finance and growth capital is highly-desirable.
  • A highly credible leader who is an expert communicator with a strong network
  • Highly effective collaborator who is adept at working in complex matrix organisations
  • Expert influencer with strong analytical skills with ability to rapidly change and adapt as needed
  • Effective team player with excellent interpersonal, communications, public speaking, and presentation skills.
  • Excellent analytical and abstract reasoning skills, plus excellent organisational skills. 
  • A relevant accountancy qualification

You know you have been successful when…

The relevant functions have aligned to create a financially sustainable, high impact, people first and well supported organisation that is visible internally and can be evidenced externally

How we work….

We strive to create a high trust, high performance and inclusive environment that enables team members to bring their whole selves to work – this helps to create the foundations of an innovation culture. Our shared values are critical to this:

•            We care – for our people, our partners, and our planet

•            We connect – and engage with people and ideas

•            We learn – and grow, as people and as an industry

Underpinning this is our belief in great teams, our combined efforts will always deliver outcomes beyond that of any individual providing we are honest through debate, experiment and reflect, and create shared resolutions in support of our purpose. Live these values, work to our principles, take ownership to deliver, and we are certain you will thrive with us.

This job description set outs the skills and experience we think are needed to be able to perform in this job. However, if you believe you can deliver in this role then we want to hear from you.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our retained advisers Jonathan Swain and Rebecca Jones of McLean Public.

To apply, please provide an up-to-date CV with a supporting statement of your credentials and suitability for the role by Friday 5th April 2024 at 6:00pm. These can be emailed through to

  • CV
  • Supporting Statement
Action Date
Closing date for applications 6:00pm on Friday 5th April 2024
Longlist meeting w/c 15th April 2024
Initial interviews w/c 22nd April 2024
Shortlist meeting w/c 6th May 2024
Final panel interviews w/c 20th May 2024

McLean Public is committed to inclusive recruitment practices. If there are any adjustments required to enable a more accessible experience, please do not hesitate to let us know.

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c.£130 - £150,000



5th April 2024


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