Orbex are looking for a Head of Structures to lead a fast growing department as we move closer to the first launch of Orbex Prime. You will be a highly experienced structural design engineer & leader with a deep experience of working with carbon fibre composites. Your technical skills will be matched by your leadership skills, as you will lead and scale the team as the company moves to production. You will be eager for a fast-paced opportunity that offers exceptional freedom and responsibility, as well as the chance to create critical systems on this unique space launch vehicle.


Orbex is a leading micro-launch company with our Prime vehicle being prepared to launch from our home spaceport, Space Hub Sutherland. We are well placed to be one of the first operational micro-launch companies in Europe with over €40m of project financing secured, a number of customers signed up, our launch licence application submitted, and backing from organisations including UKSA and ESA.

We are a rapidly growing company with staff located between our production and test facilities in Forres, Scotland and Copenhagen, Denmark. Working on cutting edge advances in rocket fuel technology, Prime’s carbon footprint is up to 96% lower than comparable vehicles, leading to innovations in propulsion and tank structures. A state-of-the-art re-flight system means we can recover and reuse our technology, and innovations in separation mechanisms mean we leave no debris in space.

Having developed in-house production capability, we can 3D print complex engines, produce full-scale carbon composite fuel tanks, and have avionics and software testing labs in both Scotland and Denmark. Based in Forres, you will be right in the heart of this fast-paced cutting-edge company, gaining a unique insight into what it takes to build a new launch vehicle for a buoyant commercial market.

The Role

Responsibilities of the Head of Structures:

  • Leading the launch vehicles structures team to move designs from prototype to a fully commissioned launch vehicle solution using a range of novel materials and production techniques.
  • Accountable for the technical strategy and its implementation as the company moves from prototypes to the production launch vehicle.
  • Managing and scaling the team of composite and structural engineers.
  • Design and build of critical elements of the vehicle, including the unique CFRP cryogenic fuel tanks as well as the payload management, fairing, and nosecone.
  • Developing and executing comprehensive test and qualification programmes to attain accreditation and certification.
  • Ensuring the team have the right equipment, software, and tools to achieve all milestones and timescales.
  • Integration of all structural systems for the final launcher build, test, and launch.

The Person Profile


  • Deep understanding and experience of working with CFRP based critical structural systems and solutions, probably gained in aerospace, F1, automotive, military or similar.
  • A track record of leading and scaling multi-discipline engineering and production teams.
  • Experience of managing R&D projects of next generation technologies through development, production, test and NPI.
  • Schedule task handling and general design oversight skills.
  • Project management and delivery from prototype to final product. 
  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in aerospace, mechanical or structural engineering.
  • Extensive structural analysis experience, e.g., pressure vessel design.
  • CAD / CFD experience, for example: SolidWorks / Ansys.

Preferred – though not essential:

  • Space structure related experience
  • Cryogenic liquids handling and testing experience

We are looking for experienced candidates who can demonstrate they get things done with a pragmatic attitude and reliable results, not fazed by challenges or problems. In this role we expect a lot of practical, hands-on engagement with suppliers and a wide degree of flexibility and responsibility to achieve a specific outcome. Your track record will be important.


This role is based in Forres at Orbex’s headquarters.

Orbex Forres is located at the foot of the Scottish Highlands, near Inverness. It's close to the spectacular coastline, wild beaches and amazing wildlife of the Moray Firth, as well as being a short distance from the world famous Loch Ness, and Aviemore ski resort.

If you enjoy adventurous outdoor pursuits in extraordinary natural environments, the coast and highlands around Forres offer an ideal location.

Mountaineering, rock climbing, abseiling, hiking, mountain biking, cycling, camping, sailing, surfing, motorbiking and skiing are all within easy reach of our main UK factory, and many members of our team participate in adventure sports in the vast, beautiful settings of Sutherland.

If you enjoy drone flying, wildlife or landscape photography, some of the most spectacular vistas in the world are directly at your doorstep.


For the right candidate we offer an excellent benefits package that includes:-
• An extremely competitive salary

• A significant equity stake in the company so you will really benefit from your hard work as the company grows and is successful. 
• Our roles need to be on-site in Scotland due to the nature of the position, export controls and security, but we are happy to sponsor visas for you and your family and provide relocation assistance as required.

You must reside in a country that is a signatory to the MTCR convention to be considered for this position.

This is a compelling and rare career opportunity.

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Orbex Space
United Kingdom, Forres, Moray
Posted 2 months ago
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