Who we are

Open Cosmos is revolutionising the way space technology is used and is at the forefront of the emerging new space industry. Our mission is to make space accessible to anyone, to help solve the world's biggest challenges. We do this by providing simple and affordable space missions, using nanosatellite technology, providing end to end space missions for customers around the world (private and institutional). We work with some of the biggest names in the industry, including the European Space Agency (ESA), but also with small and innovative high-tech companies, together developing the space technology and applications of the future.

Based at one of the world’s leading space campuses in Harwell, Oxfordshire, we are a young and ambitious team with the drive to define a greater future for this planet and the people living on it; therefore, when our minds come together to fulfil our mission to democratise the space we are happy to be part of something that is more than the best of each of ourselves.

Description of the Position

You will be joining Open Cosmos’ core team in Harwell-Oxford (UK) and will be responsible for legal, including IP and contracts.

Tasks and responsibilities  

  • Be responsible for management and oversight of the full range of legal, regulatory and compliance issues faced by a growing business operating on a global stage.

  • Take the lead in managing and protecting the company’s valuable intellectual property portfolio.

  • Protect the business’ financial interests through effective management of debt recovery procedures.

  • Safeguard the business through the effective review of all contracts for supply and purchase entered into by the business.

  • Act as the company liaison to external global legal advisors where necessary.

  • Have ownership of the legal elements of all internal and external facing company policies and initiatives.

  • Have the breadth of experience and flexibility of mind to apply your skills to a wide range of niche topics.

Skills, attitude and experience  

  • Have at least 2 years experience at a well-established law firm, preferably qualifying into Commercial, Corporate, IP or Regulatory/Compliance departments.

  • Previous in-house experience gained through employment or on secondment would be advantageous.

  • Be practical and pragmatic in their approach.

  • Be able to apply the law to real-world business problems.

  • Have a creative and flexible approach.

  • Be willing to work on projects across a broad spectrum of complexity.

  • Enjoy working in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple projects and priorities but still delivering great work.

  • Have strong attention to detail and be able to work independently

  • Have outstanding drafting, communication, negotiation, and influencing skills.

  • Possess a very high standard of written and oral English

Nice to have  

  • Knowledge of languages other than English

  • Experience from working in or with a SaaS startup

  • Existing network and relationships in the space industry, startup community and government

  • International experience

You will enjoy

  • Working with a team of people to build the future of a new space industry

  • Working at one of the world’s leading space campuses

  • 25 days holidays + 8 bank holidays

  • Attractive Pension Scheme & Immediate enrolment

  • Transport Allowance – extra pocket money to support our best talent working together

  • Healthy snacks and pick’n’mix sweets at the office

  • Social clubs organised by the team – so far we’ve got Run Club, Paella Club, ice-skating Club and Thirsty Club – suggest something new?

  • Annual Company Retreat

  • Remote working as per company policy

  • Working from home as per company policy

  • Annual Salary Review

How to apply

Visit the career section of our website here: https://opencosmos.bamboohr.com/jobs/view.php?id=7

Please include your CV, Cover Letter (max ½ page) and any relevant links to your work.

Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.

Open Cosmos in the media

Our Website - https://open-cosmos.com/media/
Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/open.cosmos.space/
Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/company/open-cosmos/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/open_cosmos