Posted:  28 April 2018
Work Type: Volunteer
Hours Required: 10 hours per week (on average)
Location: 333 Exhibition Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3000

Position Title: Business Development Officer


Team: Business Development

Reports to: Business Development Manager

Department: Business


The Business Development Officer works within the Business Development team to implement the Melbourne Space Program’s growth strategy, which focuses on meeting stakeholder engagement targets. The Business Development Officer will be responsible for research and communication with stakeholders to secure new partnerships and cultivate existing stakeholder relationships. In this role, the Business Development Officer will be responsible for a portfolio of either industry, education, or government partnerships.

Additionally, the Business Development Officer may be expected to help coordinate events or represent the Melbourne Space Program in meetings with key stakeholders.


  • Currently undertaking (or having recently graduated with) one of the following: a Master of Business Administration; or a Bachelor of Commerce degree; any other similar degree that focuses on writing and content at either undergraduate or graduate level


  • Experience in business development, strategy, finance or consulting is desirable
  • Organised and able to meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication
  • Ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously
  • A keen interest and/or demonstrated ability in cultivating and sustaining positive relationships with funders and other stakeholders
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in Microsoft Office (especially PowerPoint, also Word and Excel)
  • Keen interest in the space industry
  • Strategic thinking and strong problem-solving ability
  • Background in STEM will be looked on favourably


  • Complete tasks on time to a high standard
  • Attend all team meetings as well as other departmental and organisational-wide meetings when required
  • Work with fellow MSP volunteers and other stakeholders in a professional manner at all times
  • Demonstrate continued capability to work individually as well as contribute to teamwork and discussion
  • Contribute to the development of MSP through dedication and commitment to its work and its organisational culture
  • Demonstrate enthusiasm and interest in learning more, and developing and mastering personal and professional skills


  • The Melbourne Space Program strives to support and encourage the personal and professional development of all its volunteers.
  • Supplement your university studies with hands-on experience that will help you hone existing technical abilities and gain new skills.
  • Network with leaders in the growing Australian space industry
  • Contribute to an innovative start-up that is looking to create a new way to link industry and education
  • Gain experience working in a professional environment, with the opportunity to cultivate soft skills needed to excel in any field of work.
  • Gain confidence in your ability to work effectively in a team
  • Challenge yourself to achieve personal and professional goals.
  • Meet people who are just as passionate and ambitious as you are.
  • Make a difference – this is the opportunity to be a part of a friendly and dedicated team working to build a nano-satellite, inspire and engage Australians, and support a strong aerospace sector!


We’d like to know more about your work and how you approach it, so we’ve come up with some questions you’ll need to address in your cover letter.

  1. Communication: Tell us about a time or experience in which you demonstrated proactive communication skills that helped you build rapport with another team member, employer or customer. What was the issue? What was the outcome?
  2. Problem-solving: Describe a time or experience in which you were faced with a challenge. What was the challenge? How did you approach it or take the initiative to fix it? What was the outcome?
  3. Project management: Choose a project or projects you’ve worked on in the past and tell us more about it. What was the project? Was it an individual or team project? Was it an assigned project or something you took up on your own? How did you go about defining its objectives and prioritising the work? What did you enjoy most about the project? What did you struggle with?

Make sure you have included specific examples or situations where you have demonstrated the qualities described in that particular question. This experience can be either professional, voluntary or personal. Feel free to include additional information in your cover letter if you want, but keep in mind that your cover letter should be no longer than one page.


To apply, please submit a cover letter and your CV here. Questions regarding this role may be sent via our website Contact Form.