Organisation NERC
Organisation Detail British Geological Survey
Reference Number IRC245737
Location Edinburgh See on Map
Salary £48202 - £53558
Date Posted 26 June 2018
Grade UKRI-Band F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 29 July 2018
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,202 per annum to £53,558 per annum (depending on qualifications and experience)
Grade: UKRI Band F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 29th July 2018
Interview Date: 16th August 2018


BGS is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and experienced engineer to assume the role of Head of Marine Operations at our offices in Edinburgh.

Marine Operations is a team within the BGS Marine Geoscience Directorate that provides engineering services to support offshore Geo - Scientific projects. The projects may be BGS-led, collaborative, or externally funded academic or industry projects.

Primary Tasks:

  • lead and manage BGS Marine Operations, to deliver the BGS Marine Geoscience Strategy
  • produce an annual operating plan for MOPS in conjunction with the Marine Geoscience Science Director
  • deliver the MOP’s annual operating plan
  • manage MOPS facility: building, workshops, yard space, office space, assisted by BSG Estates and MOPS staff
  • manage and task MOPS staff: electrical, mechanical and design engineers, plus support staff, 9 staff currently, but anticipated to grow by 4-5 in the next couple of years
  • directly Line Manage 3-4 staff in each sub-group (electrical, mechanical, design, support)
  • maintain oversight of/delegate project management of
    • deployment projects (surveys) using existing equipment: Rockdrill 1, Rockdrill 2, Vibrocorer, Gravity Corer
    • maintenance of the equipment above
    • design and development projects: Battery Vibrocorer, upgrading existing equipment, adding new capability to existing equipment (e.g. increasing autonomy, robotisation, artificial intelligence of RD2)
  • participate on offshore projects if required
  • maintain oversight/delegate administration of training and certification of staff
  • assess resources for potential and upcoming projects
  • monitor MOPS project budgets and expenditure
  • responsible for all MOPS Health and Safety (risk assessments, safe systems of work, inspections, PPE etc.), assisted by BGS H&S
  • responsible for reviewing all contracts for projects involving MOPS, assisted by BGS Legal Services and UK Shared Business Services
  • represent BGS externally as the lead contact for BGS Marine Operations: attend conference booths, assisted by BGS Business Development and other MOPS staff
  • represent BGS Marine Geoscience on the BGS Technology Forum.

Other Tasks:

  • will report to the Science Director for BGS Marine Geoscience
  • will liaise closely with the Team Leaders for Ocean Geoscience and Continental Shelf Geoscience. These are the two teams that make greatest use of BGS MOPS, although other BGS areas may also access the facilities (e.g. Minerals, Volcanology, Seismology), and other research centres (e.g. NOC) and universities.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The British Geological Survey (BGS), founded in 1835 is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and is the world's longest-established national geological survey and the UKs premier centre for earth science information and expertise.



  • must be chartered (CEng).


  • university degree desirable, but probably likely if asking for chartered status.



  • engineering management experience or extensive experience in an appropriate role to be able to demonstrate the level of experience required
  • project management experience
  • supervisory/management experience
  • budget management experience
  • risk management experience.


  • experience in a marine engineering environment
  • certified project management skills
  • experience of computer-aided facility management software
  • contract experience.



  • broad knowledge of mechanical and/or electrical engineering.


  • knowledge of design engineering.

Skills and Abilities


  • excellent leadership skills
  • effective written communication skills
  • effective presentation skills
  • ability to adapt to changing priorities.

Personal Qualities


  • willing and able to travel off-site/abroad
  • has the skills to build the team and engender team spirit
  • personable, engender trust and respect of team members
  • good communicator and effective decision maker.



  • demonstrates an interest in the work of BGS and applied marine research/work
  • displays an enthusiasm for the role
  • demonstrates curiosity and a drive to resolve technical problems to support applied science objectives.


  • demonstrates an interest in their own continuing professional development.
Working hours will be 37 per week excluding lunch breaks. A generous benefits package is also offered, including a company pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus 10.5 days public and privilege holidays. NERC has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. People with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities are currently under represented and their applications are particularly welcomed. Guaranteed interview scheme for applicants with disabilities. The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

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