Ocean Career: NOC Sensors and Moorings Group Engineering Manager

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC)—the UK’s leading institution for integrated coastal and deep ocean research. Through our ground-breaking research, collaboration, and game-changing innovation we work to gain a deeper understanding of our ocean, helping every living thing on our planet flourish.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community focused on solving challenging long-term marine science problems, underpinning international and UK public policy, business and societal outcomes.

The ocean has the potential to provide the solutions to so many of the social, economic and environmental challenges we face worldwide. To truly harness the value of the ocean, we put ocean research, science and discovery at the heart of our culture.

Join us in shaping the future of oceanographic research and contribute your unique perspective to our organization.

About the role

The National Marine Equipment Pool is the largest centralized marine scientific equipment pool in Europe (https://noc.ac.uk/facilities/national-marine-equipment-pool). The Scientific Engineering (SE) fleet consists of ship-fitted, tethered and untethered equipment for geophysical and hydroacoustic surveys, oceanographic sampling and bathymetric survey and sampling, alongside a fleet of portable laboratories and equipment, and ancillary equipment. Each area has an associated engineering manager and operationally focused team of technicians who: maintain, prepare and operate the equipment at sea.

A fantastic opportunity has arisen for an experienced engineer to join the SE group and lead the Sensors and Moorings Engineering Team. You will be joining a team of enthusiastic engineers who are operating the largest fleet of oceanographic instrumentation in Europe to support ocean data gathering worldwide. This role will involve managing the day-to-day operations of the Sensors and Moorings Engineering Team.

About you

The ideal candidate will hold a degree in a relevant engineering discipline at 2:1 or above, with significant relevant experience of the operation and maintenance of complex electro-mechanical systems, ideally in the marine environment. Have a broad engineering knowledge with a basic understanding of physics, mechanical engineering, electronics and electrical systems. Have a proven track record of team leadership and successful project management from project inception to completion, including good interpersonal skill and the ability to lead and motivate a small highly skilled team to maximize the team’s effectiveness. Have excellent written and verbal communication skill and be able to demonstrate these through documentation produced and presentations given. Be self-motivated, pro-active, flexible and innovative with the ability to resolve issues under challenging situations at sea, and to produce high quality reliable work at base.

Why NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits, including:

  • 30 days contractual annual leave, plus 3.5 extra closure days and bank holidays
  • a 10% employer contribution pension scheme
  • access to our Employee Assistance Programme, offering free and anonymous support on mental, physical, emotional, health and financial issues
  • access to a flexible benefits portal offering online discounts, cashback and eGift cards
  • a Cycle2Work scheme allowing employees to acquire bikes and accessories
  • a great working environment with a number of social events, including summer and Christmas celebrations


This position will be based in Southampton. The center is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking with over 40 EV charging points.

We can support visa applications where required. We may be able to offer financial support for applicants who will need to relocate for this position.

Salary: £50,017 - £55,016 plus up to 45 days shipboard working allowance £6,400 p/a

Closing Date: June 12, 2024

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