Research Ship Manager

Southampton, Hampshire
£51,419 to £63,418 per annum depending upon skills and experience.
13 Mar 2017
30 Mar 2017
Location Type
Offshore, Shore
Contract Type

Research Ships Management Group, National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role :

The Research Ship Management Group is responsible for operational management and maintenance of the UK’s multi-disciplinary research vessels RRS James Cook and RRS Discovery. Both operate 24/7/365 world-wide, supporting marine science. The RRS James Cook is a modern research vessel delivered to NERC in 2006, while the RRS Discovery was brought into service in 2014.

Your role as Research Ship Manager will be to lead the safe and efficient delivery of these research vessels by managing and delivering the appropriate services to agreed time, cost and quality targets.

Your responsibilities will include leading and developing the establishment of suitable quality of service, safety and environmental policies, procedures and systems. You will manage ship operations to ensure compliance with all relevant marine convention and national legislation and deputise for the DPA as required. You will be responsible for the management of all operational contingencies and emergencies involving NMF ships or staff.  As a member of the senior management team, you may be asked to represent the Associate Director of NMF on occasions. 

This is a permanent position offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates. The role will include periods of travel both within the UK and internationally.

Please note we are not able to sponsor candidates for this role, who require the right to work in the UK.

About you:

You will hold a Masters Certificate of Competency II/2 no restrictions or STCW, as amended, Certificate of Competency Chief Engineer III/2 (no restriction – motorships only).  An in-depth knowledge of ship management is essential and experience in the area of marine science would be an advantage. The role demands an excellent track record in your field.

You will have energy, drive and commitment to fulfil the vision and objectives of the organisation and be able to lead, develop and support multi-disciplined teams. Excellent communications at all levels and the ability to exercise effective judgement are key to this role. 

What we can offer you:

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme, 30 days annual leave with a further 14 Public/local days off and free car-parking. 

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community (

NMF is a component of one of the three major groups of the NOC, based at the Southampton site. It is responsible for the operation and management of NERC’s two state-of-the-art global research vessels, the National Marine Equipment Pool (NMEP) and a Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group.

For further details about NMF and the post, please visit our website at: where we have attached our Candidate Pack.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation and is working towards achieving Bronze status for Athena SWAN – a scheme that recognizes excellence in women's employment in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) in UK higher education. There is a guaranteed Interview Scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities.

The NOC is committed to making the NOC ‘a great place to be, where our people succeed and deliver great work’. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible and the NOC’s Flexible Working Policy gives all employees the right to request flexible working.

How to apply:

All internal and external applications are handled by the UK Shared Business Services Ltd (UK SBS). For further information about the role and to apply; please click apply below to be redirected to our application page and QUOTE reference number IRC240434. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role). If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867000.

Closing date:  30 March 2017

Interview date: it is proposed that interviews will take place on Thursday 6 April 2017.

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