Derek Harris, Business Operations Manager, Skyrora Ltd

Derek Harris, Business Operations Manager at Skyrora Ltd tells us about the multi-cultural, friendly and passionate team who all share a drive to put Scotland on the map for its work in space.

Derek Harris Skyrora

Who we are

We design, manufacture and deploy rockets to clear the way for small satellite manufacturers looking to access Space.

Headquartered in Edinburgh, and with facilities across Europe, we are developing launch vehicle technology to ensure that the life-changing benefits of space are realised here on earth.

What is it like to work for Skyrora?

We are a fast-paced new space company, every day brings forward new challenges to an industry which is still forming on a regulatory front to a newly forming supply chain.

We have a multi-cultural, friendly and passionate team who all share a drive to put Scotland on the map for its work in space. We have made huge technological steps forward in a short amount of time which has allowed staff to flourish, progress and gain more skills. To highlight, our team is made up of engineers, accountants, project managers, lawyers and customer relations.

The company is built upon 3 key foundations - Education, Innovation and Environment.

  1. Education and outreach - to promote a new industry, build our brand and help encourage more people in to stem subjects.
  2. Innovation - to reduce cost of placing satellites in space and to help bring space back to the person on the street.
  3. Environment - To develop and work inside a corporately responsible way to a sustainable environment.

As we continue to grow, we’re always on the look-out for professional, talented and ambitious people that can help take our business to the next level. Join the space team of the future and become part of the UK’s most exciting industry sector.

Living and Working in Scotland

The space industry in Scotland is a growing sector. Scotland offers it all, from satellites to data Scotland, to launching, Scotland is leading the way for new space. Alba orbital, Clyde Space and Ecometrica are examples of a few of the space companies established in Scotland.

With the UK Space government wanting to capture, 10% of the Global Space market by 2030, there will be many opportunities to work in this sector and a high percentage of that will be based in Scotland. For Skyrora, we envision to open up another 300 employment opportunities by 2030.

Working in Scotland is a unique option for those overseas. Not many countries can offer a rich history and culture while also being progressive and open to new sectors.

Come and have a look to see what great opportunities we currently have.