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Cammach Bryant clinches key UK space sector recruitment contract with SaxaVord Spaceport

Leading recruitment agency, Cammach Bryant, has won an initial 12 month contract with SaxaVord - the UK’s first vertical launch space port - to lead a recruitment drive at the company’s launch site and ground station in Unst, Shetland, and head office in Grantown-on-Spey.

L-R Lynne Hollands (SaxaVord), Debbie Strang (Director, SaxaVord), Iona Currie (MD, Cammach Bryant), Jennifer Johnston (Ops Manager, Cammach Bryant)

SaxaVord Spaceport, which recently received planning approval for its pioneering development at Lamba Ness on the UK’s most northerly island, has been designed for the launch of small rockets delivering payloads into low earth orbit. The world class facility, which is at the forefront of the burgeoning UK space business, is expected to play a key role in the future economy of Shetland, driving innovation and creating jobs and academic opportunities across Scotland.


The countdown has already begun for the UK Space Agency’s UK Pathfinder launch at SaxaVord, to be delivered by Lockheed Martin and ABL Systems, in Q4, 2022.


Aberdeen-based Cammach Bryant will initially assist SaxaVord with recruiting for key new roles in both Shetland and Grantown-on-Spey, including Chief Financial Officer, Quality Document Controller, HR Manager, Health & Safety Manager and head office support. With a current team of 24 people across sites in Shetland, Grantown-on-Spey and Germany, rapid growth to 100-plus people by 2023 is anticipated, increasing to double that number by 2024, with technical, sales, commercial and domestic and ground roles in Shetland to be fulfilled.


Speaking about the agreement, Cammach Bryant Managing Director, Iona Currie, said: "It’s extremely exciting to be supporting the SaxaVord project which will be significant for both the Shetland and Scottish economy. Cammach Bryant will be supporting the SaxaVord senior management team as they expand and develop their employer brand, which is very much encapsulated by a dynamic ‘Can do’ approach.


“We look forward to working with SaxaVord as they build a team to work in this exciting, fast growing new business sector. They already boast a number of staff who were previously in the Armed Forces or in the Oil & Gas sector, and the diverse new roles will appeal to agile, resilient, self-starters keen for a new challenge and to relocate to what are two areas of outstanding natural beauty offering fantastic lifestyles.”


Frank Strang, SaxaVord Spaceport CEO, said: “We’re delighted to have secured the services of Cammach Bryant. With their great knowledge and expertise, they will be vital in supporting our recruitment ambitions as we embark on the hugely exciting task of building and developing the UK’s first vertical launch spaceport and ground station.”


Cammach Bryant is one of Scotland’s leading recruitment agencies, with its main office based in Aberdeen. With a reputation for attracting high quality candidates, the company boasts an extensive database of exceptional people in all disciplines and wide network of international connections across the following sectors: Energy, Space and Construction - recruiting the following disciplines amongst many others: Engineering; Administration; Contracts, Cost & Planning; HR & Training; Accountancy & Finance; BD, Sales & Marketing; QHSE; Trades & Industrial; Supply Chain; and IT. Working in partnership with their clients, Cammach Bryant develops excellent, successful working relationships, allowing them to fully understand client’s need and deliver outstanding recruitment support.


Whether a client is looking for a fully-vetted, pre-screened and pre-interviewed high calibre candidate, wants a specific individual headhunted - or requires a team of contractors for a project or contractor payroll management - Cammach Bryant are committed to placing exceptional candidates with exceptional employers.

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