Marine Environment Technical Lead

United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) – The UK Hydrographic Office

  • Are you passionate about the Marine Environment?
  • Do you have experience in data modelling and working with large datasets?

If so we’d like to hear from you.

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is a Ministry of Defence trading fund based in Taunton, Somerset and employs c850 personnel across a range of specialist and technical roles, including many experienced mariners and Royal Navy personnel.

We principally supply defence and the commercial shipping industry with hydrographic and geospatial data, in order to ensure Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); protect the marine environment and support the efficiency of global trade. We strive to set and raise global standards of hydrography, cartography and navigation.

The Ocean Environment Team sit within the Scientific Analysis Group: a team of Scientists who provide support to commercial shipping, the Royal Navy and other defence customers by ensuring that marine data relating to worldwide and UK coastal waters is accurate and up to date, and by providing hydrographic expertise and a range of specialist consultancy services. The team create a diverse range of specialist products for our customers, including Total Tide and tide tables, ocean routing charts and Marine Protected Areas.

A key objective of the Scientific Analysis Group is to collect and manage the widest possible range of appropriately assured data, which is tagged, assessed and ready to use in order to support the UKHO’s vision of becoming a ‘world-leading Marine Geospatial Information Agency and Hydrographic Office.

The Ocean Environment Team is specifically responsible for managing a diverse range of marine environmental data (e.g. tidal, marine biological, oceanographic, geological, acoustic and ocean climatological) and the role of the Marine Environment Technical Lead is to provide advice and make key decisions on the collection, quality, format and handling of this data both internally and externally and to support the UKHO's input into commercial, SOLAS, MOD and Allied requirements.

The role will provide the opportunity to work with big data and expertise across the international maritime industry – you will be able to inform those who shape and influence policy within the MOD and be a front-line representative for the UKHO.

The UKHO Operations environment is constantly evolving to meet current customer demands and the future needs of the maritime and defence community so a positive and proactive approach to change is key. Your role will see you taking the lead in supporting the technical development of the Ocean Environment Team and you will be a driving force in the design and implementation of new products and processes.

So, is this the role for you? If you are interested in working in the marine environment sector, handling large, complex datasets, driving data modelling and analysis, with a zest for innovation and change and experience of or an interest in applying science to meet customer needs, we would love to hear from you.

For role specific information and guidance on how to apply, please go to https://www.admiralty.co.uk/ukho/Work-for-UKHO

The closing date for applications is Friday 22nd December 2017.