Raspberry Pi Foundation is hiring a

Programme Manager, Astro Pi

Programme Manager, Astro Pi

Location: Cambridge, UK

Salary: £35,500 – £40,000 p.a. full-time equivalent, dependent on experience

Basis: permanent; full-time

Eligibility: you must be eligible to work in the UK

About us

The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK-based educational charity that works to put the power of computing and digital making into the hands of people all over the world. We want more people to be able to harness digital technologies for work, to solve problems that matter to them, and to express themselves creatively.

Established in 2008 and first known for our product — the wildly successful Raspberry Pi computer — the Foundation has developed educational content and programmes that are helping millions of people learn new skills.

In October 2015 we merged with Code Club, followed in May 2017 by a second merger with the CoderDojo Foundation. Together we now represent one of the largest sustained global efforts to help young people learn about computing and digital making. You can read more about our mission, values, and goals in our 2018–2020 strategy.

The role

The European Astro Pi Challenge is an ESA Education project run in collaboration with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. It offers young people the amazing opportunity to conduct scientific investigations in space by writing computer programs that run on Raspberry Pi computers on board the International Space Station. The Astro Pi programme was created as part of British ESA astronaut Tim Peake’s Principia mission in 2014, and thousands of young people from more than 20 countries take part each year.

We are looking for an Astro Pi Programme Manager, who will be responsible for leading on the administrative and technical aspects of the European Astro Pi Challenge, as well as for supporting the operation of the Astro Pi computers aboard the ISS. The ideal candidate will have experience of managing large-scale educational programmes and relationships with partner organisations. You need to have the skills to lead on communications and outreach related to the Astro Pi programme. In addition, you need to be comfortable collaborating with colleagues with strong technical skills on programme-related hardware and software maintenance and improvements.

We strive to make the Foundation a place where talented people who care about our
mission can do the best work of their careers. We have a flexible and collaborative approach to all aspects of our work. If you’re the right person for the job, we’ll make it work for you and you can be confident that you’ll be working with an exceptional team.

Main responsibilities
Manage the relationship with ESA

  • Act as the main point of contact for European Space Agency, ensuring that agreed objectives for programme delivery and communications are communicated
  • Attend regular online and in-person meetings with ESA, covering technical and administrative running of the programme
  • Contribute to, and prepare for, negotiations around the annual delivery of the European Astro Pi Challenge, including budget, programme deliverables, and the communications plan

Manage the European Astro Pi Challenge

  • Manage and regularly update the Astro Pi website and in-house administrative systems to ensure efficient running of the programme
  • Work with cross-organisational teams to coordinate and deliver communication plans to ensure the programme is being promoted throughout all networks
  • Ensure key operations are completed within budget
  • Ensure programme learning objectives are met by performing regular analysis of user journeys and evaluating impact on participants
  • Ensure Astro Pi is well-represented at key events, and attend events where appropriate

Technical programme management

  • Manage the influx of technical requests from external collaborators, and ensure they are responded to within a timely manner
  • Collaborate with internal Astro Pi team to ensure technical tasks such as code preparation, OS improvements, and extra-operational support are completed
  • Oversee the elimination and judging processes of the Astro Pi Challenge

Experience and personal attributes

You must have:

  • Evidence of managing large-scale educational programmes, particularly those in partnership with other organisations
  • Experience of developing and delivering communications plans, including delivering events
  • Experience of developing, managing, and refining complex administrative systems, ideally using G Suite products
  • Demonstrable experience of planning and negotiating project finances and managing budget control
  • Evidence of great relationship management skills
  • Writing and editing skills to produce content for learning resources, marketing materials, and social media

You would ideally have

  • Degree-level education
  • Demonstrable experience of writing excellent copy for a wide variety of audiences
  • Strong computing knowledge, including coding skills
  • Demonstrable experience of working on computing education programmes aimed at young people


In addition to competitive salaries, we offer a range of benefits for all of our colleagues, including:

  • 25 days’ annual leave
  • Generous company pension scheme with 8% employer and 4% employee contributions
  • Life assurance and long-term illness insurance policy
  • Investment in professional development and learning
  • Flexible work hours as needed, to fit around childcare or other commitments
  • Generous family leave policy
  • Cycle-to-work scheme and season ticket loan policy
  • Regular organisation-wide maker days to improve your digital making skills
  • Monthly all-staff meetings and socials
  • Fresh fruit, tea, coffee, drinks in all our offices

Timetable for applications

Closing date: 12 noon BST, 31 May 2019

In-person interviews: week commencing 17 June 2019, in Cambridge



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