Competitions Team Lead


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Uploaded 31 Mar 2021

Job Description

Our organisation

As the UK’s national student space society, we support students and young professionals across the country by running events, providing resources, and teaching new skills. Joining UKSEDS is the best way to get involved in the space sector as a student. You’ll gain all sorts of skills and experience, and have the chance to work with lots of space organisations and members of the community. Most importantly, you’ll get to work with other like-minded students to achieve something incredible, and have fun while you do! 

Role description

At UKSEDS we currently run three competitions; the UKSEDS Orbex National Rocketry Championships, the Olympus Rover Trials and the Satellite Design Competition. As competitions team lead you will be overseeing the competitions, checking-in with the competition leads at monthly meetings and providing support where needed. You will be responsible for ensuring the competitions run smoothly and promoting cohesion between the different teams. You will also be the point of contact between UKSEDS’ executive committee and the competition leads. UKSEDS is growing rapidly and the competitions will be expanding next year. As competitions lead, you will manage this growth, working closely with your executive point of contact to ensure we’re actively interacting with our volunteers, our competition participants and our sponsors, and providing high-quality opportunities. 

The process

Applications will close on 16th April 2021. Following that, there will be one round of interviews on Google Meet with shortlisted applicants, with other interview methods available if you require them. 

Volunteering with us

UKSEDS is run by 80+ volunteers from all across the UK. None of us are paid, but we all want to make a difference. We work remotely, communicating through Slack and holding online meetings on Google Meet. Timescales fluctuate throughout the year, but for this role, you will be expected to dedicate around 5-10 hours on average per week. Alongside working, there are opportunities to chat informally with other volunteers and join online social events.

Diversity and inclusion

Our aims to educate and develop young people contribute to our vision of a growing and diverse workforce in the UK space sector. Everyone brings their own unique viewpoint and ideas to our team which enables us to work towards this vision together. When you’re working with us, we’re keen to ensure you’re comfortable by facilitating any extra measures you might need, and to provide you with opportunity after opportunity to develop yourself.  

Person Specification

We’re looking for someone who is comfortable working remotely, is highly motivated, and works well in a team environment. Working with UKSEDS should be something that you enjoy doing. We don’t need you to be studying a STEM degree, all you need is an interest in space! 

If at any point, for any reason, you can’t do the role, that’s fine. We are students too, and we appreciate that exams, deadlines, and life often get in the way of volunteer roles like these. We will work with you to deal with these issues.


  • Experience leading teams or projects
  • Highly organised and able to manage time well
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Comfortable with working remotely

Be a member of UKSEDS (it is free - [To be eligible to volunteer you must be over 18 and be studying or working at a UK-based institution or have been in the last 3 years]


  • Experience taking part in one or more of the UKSEDS competitions
  • Experience running a competition or event
  • Knowledge of rovers, satellites and/or rockets
  • Graphic design experience