Job Opportunity: Head of British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC)

National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool 


Full time (37 hours per week)  £54,260 - £59,690 (band 4) 

Who are we? 

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's center of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organization, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.  

The NOC has entered a truly exciting time, moving to independent & charitable status as of 1 November 2019. 

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a range of specialist fields, backgrounds and experience. Each employee is committed to advancing the frontiers of scientific knowledge. All of us directly or indirectly support scientific research and by sharing that knowledge the NOC aims to contribute to the health of the ocean with a focus on improving the world in which we all live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviors and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach. 

About the role 

BODC leads the UK effort in managing oceanographic data, providing open access to over 100,000 datasets while managing and delivering in excess of 450 different oceanographic variables.  

The Head of BODC is accountable for our three main areas of activity: data management, software development, and Science Engagement & Enablement (SEE). While the first area is overseen by the Lead Data Manager, the Head of BODC will supervise both software development, and SEE; providing leadership and technical oversight of software projects, alongside setting measurable goals and KPIs for activities such as proposal writing, income generation, collaborative projects, conference attendance, and other engagement activities.

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About you 

We’re looking for an innovative leader with substantial experience in the data management sector. The ability to translate strategic objectives into management plans is essential, as is experience of leading large-scale software development projects. Experience of securing external funding will also be key for this position. 

The successful candidate will need to be a skilled communicator, forging relationships with key stakeholders internally and externally, and representing the NOC at local, national and international events. 

Knowledge of the current drivers in the digital data landscape, and experience in the marine field, are both highly desirable.   

Why the NOC? 

We offer a generous set of benefits, flexible working conditions and an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.  

Some of the benefits we offer include 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, a competitive basic salary and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan. 

The center is part of the University campus and is only a short walk from the city center and Lime Street station. We support opportunities for further training and development. 

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 a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organization and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality. 

How to apply

Please click ‘Apply for this job’ and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07955 851648.

Before submitting your application please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and person specification.

Closing date: 4 September 2020.   

Please note we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.  

Posted by: National Oceanography Centre (NOC) 

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