Engineering Manager – Ship Scientific Systems

National Oceanography Centre - National Marine Facilities (NMF)

About the role:

You will lead a multiskilled team within the Ship Scientific Systems group supporting the NERC Marine Facilities Programme (MFP) through provision of safe, efficient and effective functioning of NMF marine science equipment and support infrastructure, both ashore and at sea. This support will include Ship’s computing and data processing systems, acoustic and RF sensors as well as gravity and magnetic instruments.  A full training package will be given.

The job is unusual, challenging and varied and with that in mind we are looking for people who have more to offer than simple technical competence; personal skills of collaboration, engagement and the ability to communicate are just as important. You will play a key role in the development of equipment and techniques, both ashore and at sea and will mentor and develop future technicians within the team.  You will manage a large budget and will play a vital role within the NMF structure and the expedition planning process.

This is a full time permanent role.


This is a Band 5 position and the salary range will be £35,222 to £40,166 per annum. Depending upon skills and experience, a salary uplift and/or additional allowances may be available for exceptional candidates. An allowance of approximately £4,000 at current rates for time spent at sea (approximately 45 days) is paid on a per day basis.

About you:

You will be an enthusiastic and self-sufficient electronic or computing engineering Manager with significant knowledge and experience in IT systems management and electronic communications.  You will also be capable of diagnosing faults and delivering effective solutions to the business. You must be capable of managing and motivating a team to deliver excellence in the field of engineering support to oceanography.  You will hold a relevant degree in Computing Systems or Electronic Engineering or closely related discipline or hold significant relevant experience. A background in the delivery of ocean science in a technical capacity is preferable but not essential. As part of this role, you will embark on vessels in support of the science program when required, therefore you must be prepared to travel and be capable of travelling worldwide.

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

For more information, visit Working at NOC.

About us:

The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organization, 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.

For general enquiries regarding this role, please contact Andy Henson, Head of Scientific Engineering (

How to apply:

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 IRC242787. 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.

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