Marine Engineering Manager

Marine Engineering Manager

Full Time, Permanent

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

About the role:

National Marine Facilities (NMF) is responsible for the operation and management of two NERC owned vessels and providing wider support in the co-ordination and management of the NERC Marine Facility Science programme. 

The role of the Marine Technical Manager is to lead and co-ordinate all aspects of marine technical and maintenance support for NMF operated ships in support of the NERC Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) of worldwide oceanographic science. The successful candidate will lead and co-ordinate all aspects of marine technical and maintenance support for NMF operated ships in support of the NERC Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) of worldwide oceanographic science, including the delivery of long term strategy, the proactive resolution of emergent defects and the management of refits and  contracts. In addition, they will be responsible for long-term budgetary forecasts and technical budget management, the management of all-seagoing engineering staff and the building and management of shipyard, OEM, supplier and contractor relationships. Finally, they will support the Research Ship Manager with respect to activities and procedures to comply with Flag, Class, ISM and other applicable international and national codes and regulations. 

The successful candidate will be professionally qualified or with substantial experience in a marine engineering capacity. It is highly desirable you hold a Chief Engineer III/2 Unlimited Certificate of Competency. In addition, 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 record of accomplishment in your field. You will have the 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 the fulfilling the identified roles.

This is a permanent position, currently offered on NERC terms and conditions and is open to internal and external candidates.


The starting salary for this position will be between £58,000 and £62,000 per annum (Marine Scale – Chief Engineer). 

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

Hours of Work: 

Office based working hours will be full time, Monday to Friday (37.5 hours per week). Work outside of these hours will be required when visiting ships in the UK and abroad, including weekends.

About you:

With a marine background, preferably serving as both a Chief Engineer at sea and as an Engineering Superintendent/Manager ashore, you will have experience and a comprehensive  knowledge of marine engineering, fleet operations and ship repair and maintenance. You will need to be a clear, logical thinker with strong analytical skills and the ability to think laterally when required. A proven team leader and effective decision maker, you will be self-motivated and proactive and have the ability communicate well at all levels.  

What we can offer you:

Here at the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) we know that the quality of our science and the impact that we want it to have depends entirely on the knowledge, skills and engagement of our people. The NOC is committed to being recognised as a flexible employer to support employees’ work and personal commitments where possible. Our flexi-time system and flexible working policy contribute to this important aim.

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 at Southampton. Opportunities for further training and development are supported.

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About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 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.     

From April 2018, the NOC, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).  UKRI will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.  The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world.  More information can be found online at From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

Our Commitment as an Employer:

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with disabilities and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, is a member of Athena SWAN and has signed up to the Athena SWAN principles to recognise work undertaken to address gender equality more broadly.

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 IRC244264. To apply, please submit an up-to-date CV and include a 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 867003.

Closing date: 26 February 2018

Interview date:  It is proposed that interviews will take place on 9 March 2018.

If after interview we have a greater number of suitable candidates than we have vacancies for at this time, we may hold suitable applicants on a reserve list for 12 months for all the grades and locations advertised. This reserve list will be used for future vacancies in NOC that require the same (or similar) skills, experience, competencies and are of the same grade as the advertised posts. These could be offered to candidates on the reserve list without a new competition (but there will be no guarantee of a job offer).


Closing date: 
Monday 26 February 2018