Applying for a role with SKA Organisation

Applying for a role with SKA Organisation – Guidance on completing your application and recruitment

Thank you for your interest in working at SKA Organisation. You are advised to read the following guidance to assist you in applying for any of our roles. This guidance also includes information on the recruitment process and benefits of employment.

Stages in the recruitment process

  1. Application

You must submit a written application in English, including your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and covering letter. You must be proficient in both written and spoken English as this is the working language of SKA Organisation.

Please either email your application to or post it to:

HR Office
SKA Organisation
Jodrell Bank Observatory
Lower Withington
Macclesfield Cheshire SK11 9DL
United Kingdom

Any questions regarding the role or working at SKA Organisation should sent to the HR Office.

All job adverts include a job description, as well as a list of mandatory and desirable skills, experience and qualifications. Applications are assessed against these criteria to draw up a short-list of candidates for interview.

For all vacancies you must provide an up to date CV and a covering letter which must include the job reference number. A CV by itself will not be accepted. The covering letter should contain a clear and concise explanation of why you are applying for the job and why you consider yourself to be a suitable candidate.

All advertised roles are shortlisted against the mandatory and desirable criteria. Your CV and/or covering letter should provide examples as evidence of how you meet each selection criterion; it is not sufficient to simply state that you meet a selection criterion. Merely referring to your CV is unlikely to be sufficient to address all the criteria.

  1. Short-listing

Once a vacancy deadline has passed, a panel will be convened to review applications against the mandatory and desirable selection criteria. The panel will draw up a short-list of candidates for interview.

  1. Interview

Interviews are conducted either face or face or remotely (by telecon or videocon). All candidates for a role are asked a standard set of core questions for the post concerned. You may be asked follow up questions based on the answers you give to a core question. You may also be asked some additional questions based on your application and/or experience.

The panel may identify the need to invite some candidates for a second interview in order to obtain additional information.

  1. Offer of employment

An offer of employment will be made to the selected candidate, subject to the following background checks:

  • References

You must provide the names and contact details of three referees, one of whom must be your current or most recent employer. If you are currently working and do not wish for us to contact your employer until you have accepted our offer of employment, then this should be stated.

  • Disclosure of criminal convictions:

We carry out a Basic Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check on all new staff to check for live criminal convictions. Having a criminal conviction is not necessarily a bar to employment with SKA Organisation, and convictions are dealt with on a case by case basis. However if it is subsequently discovered that you have a live conviction that you haven’t told us about then this may result in your employment being terminated (if you have already started work) or your offer of employment being rescinded.

You should make us aware, when asked, if you have any live convictions. You are not required to tell us about spent convictions as these will not be revealed with a Basic CRB Disclosure. You also do not need to tell us about cautions, warnings or fines (live or spent). Most convictions are only live for a certain period of time, after which they become spent and do not need to be declared, although some convictions are never spent.

Further guidance on disclosure of criminal convictions is available at

  • Verification of academic qualifications and membership of professional bodies:

We will carry out a background check to verify your relevant academic qualifications and membership of professional bodies.

  • Medical clearance:

It is a condition of employment that new staff complete a medical questionnaire. This is forwarded directly to our Occupational Health advisors, who may contact you for further information. The questionnaire will not be sent to you until after you have accepted an offer of employment, and the purpose of the questionnaire is to provide guidance as to any adjustments that we may have to make to enable you to undertake your employment effectively.

Probation period:

All jobs with SKA Organisation have a probation period, which is usually the first 6 months of employment. During this probation period you will have regular meetings with your line manager to assess your suitability for the role to which you have been appointed.


Benefits of working for SKA Organisation:

Holiday (for full-time staff): 26 days leave plus Christmas shutdown, plus all UK public holidays.

Company pension scheme: we operate a group personal pension scheme with three levels of membership. At the highest level the employee contributes 8% of their salary and SKA Organisation contributes 16%.

Relocation assistance, including the help of a professional relocation company. We also offer a tax free relocation allowance of up to £8,000.

Visa assistance: for most of our roles we advertise and recruit from an international talent pool and are able to offer work visas to non-EEA nationals. If you require a work visa to come to the UK we will pay all relevant fees for your and your immediate family and provide support and guidance to enable you to obtain your visa.

Company sick pay and maternity/paternity/adoption leave. For employees meeting qualifying rules, we also offer paid maternity/paternity/adoption leave.

Tax free childcare vouchers (subject to HMRC qualifying rules).