Company Background

Gravitilab Aerospace Services is based just outside Norwich, UK. It is an exciting, fast-growing start-up and industry pathfinder for microgravity research and testing services. Developing suborbital rockets and a UAV drone system, it will deliver unique services to a range of customers across Academia, New Space and Defence. It’s ambitious plans to produce the most innovative launch vehicles will push the boundaries to grow an iconic space technology company. Despite already containing state-of-the-art facilities such as engine test stand, labs and workshops, the company has immediate plans for a further significantly advanced manufacturing facility. As part of Gravitilab you would be part of a rapidly growing team, working at the cutting edge of technology, at the apex of a revolution taking place in the commercial New Space economy. The company has a disruptive philosophy, with sustainability at its core.

Job Title

Manufacturing Project Manager

Job Description

Manage the installation and running of our new state of the art manufacturing centre.


  • Liaise with department heads to ensure that the correct machines, workshops and laboratories are procured, installed and set up in time and budget.
  • Lead the recruitment and training of machine operators / programmers, lab technicians and production staff.
  • Ensure that all equipment is serviced and calibrated.
  • Manage the manufacturing of components.
  • Manage the testing / compliance of components.
  • Set up and manage DFM rules. Sign off drawings as part of release process.
  • To develop a strategic analysis philosophy to enable future projects.
  • To delegate to and manage production / testing staff and support in their development through regular performance reviews.
  • To support in pitching and bringing activities, studies and R&D to fruition as required.

Qualifications and Experience


  • Previous experience of running a state of the art manufacturing facility.
  • Additive manufacturing, metallic and polymer.
  • Previous experience of manufacturing and qualification of space components.
  • Experience in the checking and release of components before manufacture.
  • Good CAD skills, ideally Siemens NX.
  • Good Microsoft Office skills: Teams, Word, Excel and SharePoint.
  • Good communication skills.


  • Sc. in Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering
  • Experience of composite, metallic and electrical components and assemblies for space applications.
  • Material qualification and testing.
  • Experience with running test and R+D campaigns.

Desirable Skills and Qualities

  • Ability to organise, prioritise and manage work to critical project timelines in a fast-paced startup environment.
  • Open minded and willing to engage with a variety of tasks/duties.
  • A communicative and personable approach to teamwork.
  • Self-reliant and able to work under own initiative.
  • A very high standard of spoken and written English.
  • Positive and proactive ‘can-do’ attitude and ability to understand a ‘new space’ start-up environment.

Why Gravitilab?

  • Be part of a fast paced, dynamic and exciting environment, with enthusiastic people who love their work.
  • Work for a company at the leading edge of the New Space revolution in the UK, pathfinding space launch and commercial microgravity services.
  • Play a pivotal role in the creation of a great working environment, support with fast paced, effective engineering and be a key person in helping the office run as smoothly as possible.
  • Develop new skills and competencies through in house development and specific training as required.


Subject to experience.


Send a cover letter and C.V. to [email protected]