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Working at SSTL


SSTL employs almost 500 highly skilled professionals from around the world. More than 350 are our expert, in-house engineers and experienced project managers who lead the design, build, test and launch of our satellites.

Guaranteed mission exposure

We are proud of the fact that the best aerospace engineers in the world aspire to work at SSTL. They appreciate the exposure they gain to all the elements of the satellite mission life-cycle: typically our satellites move from early-stage design through to launch within an average window of 2–3 years.

Our relatively small size (compared to the rest of the space industry) means we can offer our staff opportunities and experiences that other companies cannot. Each mission has a focused core team of 15-30 people, although up to 100 people will be involved in various aspects of the project. More than 50% of our staff have worked on at least three different missions and a large group bring the experience of having worked on more than 10 SSTL missions – an unusual level of experience in the space industry.

Teamwork and opportunities

Our missions are dependent on our teamwork and we find that giving people the opportunity to demonstrate their talents makes SSTL a more innovative and motivating place to work – which ultimately benefits our customers.

We have a management style that empowers people, allowing scope for creativity and autonomy. We operate a matrix management structure, which delegates responsibility and decision-making throughout the business.

Our team

Although we are one of the longest established space satellite companies in the world, our workforce reflects that we are an innovative company, working with a diverse customer base and still growing and expanding our capabilities.

Career Development

Developing our talent is vital to SSTL’s continued business growth and success. New starters are assigned a ‘buddy’ within their team to help in those vital first few weeks with us. We also ensure that if needed, a mentor is assigned to help accelerate your knowledge and learning.

We have an annual appraisal process where each individual’s learning and development needs are taken into consideration and prioritised as part of our annual training and development plan. We also support conference attendance where appropriate and can help support further education and study where relevant to a particular role.