Chief Engineer - IRC242951

National Marine Facilities (NMF), National Oceanography Centre (NOC), Southampton

About the role:

We are seeking a Chief Engineer to work in the National Marine Facilities department. NMF are responsible for the operation and management of NERC owned two vessels in providing wider support in the co-ordination and management of the NERC Marine Science Facility program. Scientific Research Vessels provide the scientific platform to support the UK's world-wide oceanographic research program.

This is a permanent position offered on NERC marine terms and conditions with 25 days leave accrued per month worked on board.


This is a marine grade position and the starting salary is £54,500 per annum.

About you:

For this position, it is essential that you hold the following:

  • Certificate of Competency Chief Engineer III/2 (no restriction - motorships)
  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions
  • Four elements of basic training to STCW95
  • STCW95 Proficiency in Survival Craft and Rescue Boats
  • STCW 95 Advanced Fire Fighting
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties
  • Valid Passport and Discharge Book
  • High Voltage Management Level

Desirable qualifications are;

  • Ship Safety Officer certificate

You must demonstrate:

·         A high level of personal and professional knowledge and experience in the operation and maintenance of modern engineering and automated control systems.

·          A comprehensive understanding of all relevant conventions and national statutory regulations applicable to the role.

·         Experience of working on scientific research vessels is desirable, as is familiarity with purchasing and financial management tools, strong and independent problem solving and decision making and your abilities to effectively lead and organise staff.

·      Excellent team working and leadership skills and ability to build and sustain productive working relationships within the Organisation and the wider scientific community.

·        Ability to establish and complete agreed objectives within agreed standards and deadlines.

·      Confidence, joint (verbal and written) and strong negotiating skills.

·       Good IT skills.

·        Self-motivation, enthusiasm, initiative and flexibility to work in a changing environment and contribute beyond own immediate area to wider needs and priorities.

What we can offer you:

In return for your talents, we offer a competitive remuneration package, including a RCUK pension scheme.  You will accrue 25 days of leave per month worked on board and tours of duty normally two months or two scientific cruises in length. The role will include periods of travel both within the UK and internationally. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

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 (

The National Marine Facilities division is one of the three major divisions 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 and a Marine Autonomous and Robotic Systems (MARS) group].

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 visit our website at quoting reference number IRC242951. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV (including covering letter explaining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role) and Unlimited Chief Engineer COC. If you are unable to apply online, please contact us by telephone on 00 44 (0) 1793 867003.

Closing date: 22 October 2017

Interview date: 31 October 2017 TBC


Closing date: 
Sunday, 22 October, 2017