Operations Lead

Website SubSea Craft

Advanced Maritime Technology

Operations Lead

  • Salary: £60,000-£70,000 DOE
  • Full Time
  • Permanent
  • Location: Flexible working, Portsmouth HQ

 Who we are: SubSea Craft is a fast growing, privately-funded, UK-based SME delivering Advanced Maritime Technology. We leverage our team’s defence experience with cross-industry partnerships in the field of advanced naval engineering. Our flagship product, VICTA, is a Diver Delivery Unit – a surface submersible craft designed to operate at speed over range and capable of rapid transition beneath the surface to operate submerged, enabling the discreet delivery and recovery of divers. It is a unique, innovative British product focused primarily on the defence market but with utility beyond.

Job Summary: We are seeking an Operations Lead to build and lead a team in support of SSC Central Operations. As Operations Lead, you will provide the foundations and safe operating environment for the company, from which other departments can then flourish. You will have a broad and strategically important role; to provide coordination of business activity across the company to deliver SSC strategic intent, whilst also assuring alignment with associated governance and legislation. You will provide confidence and assurance to our customers in our ways of working through maintenance of our ISO9001 accredited Quality Management Systems and help monitor and manage Business Risk with our Risk Management System.

Close collaborative engagement with all parts of our growing company will be essential to enable effective delivery, and ensure our ways of working are efficient, streamlined and matched to our business objectives. You will be responsible for optimising processes, streamlining workflows, and ensuring SSC have an effective operating environment.

The Role

  • You will report to the Operations Director.
  • Team Management: Build, lead and empower a high-performing central operations team, fostering a culture of collaboration, innovation, and excellence
  • Organisational Planning: Develop and execute operational strategies aligned with the company’s strategic goals and objectives; contributing to SSC’s growth
  • Strategic Risk Management: Assist the Executive Management Board in managing strategic risk by leading the Business Roadmap and helping identify and manage resource limitations, with assessment of the external and internal context in which SSC operates.
  • Process Optimisation: Lead and manage SSC’s Quality Management System to ensure the implementation of appropriate and refined processes, whilst identifying opportunities to enhance operational efficiencies and implement best practices to maximise productivity and quality.
  • Stakeholder Collaboration: Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams, including Design, R&D, Engineering, Commercial, Client Support, Admin, HR and Finance, to align operational efforts with business objectives and maintain the Business Roadmap.
  • Resource Allocation: Manage resources effectively, including personnel, budget, and equipment, to support operational needs and project requirements.
  • Facilities Management: Act as the company Point of Contact and representative with the company’s building management agency, to ensure maintenance and provision of facilities which meet the company’s requirements, including security (FSC) and environmental obligations.
  • Asset Management: Manage the maintenance and operation of company assets including RIBs, road vehicles and workshop and manufacturing line equipment.
  • Continuous Improvement: Drive a culture of continuous improvement, fostering innovation and implementing initiatives to optimise operations and enhance the company’s competitive edge.
  • Health and Safety: Work alongside the Health and Safety Superintendent to ensure a safe working environment for our people.
  • Carry out other duties as may be reasonably be required by SubSea Craft management.

Qualifications and Experience:

No. Attribute Rating Source
1 Specific knowledge and experience    
1.1 Extensive experience in leading teams E AF, I
1.2 Previous experience in an Operations role within the maritime technology or related industries, with a strong understanding of maritime technologies and trends E AF, I
1.3 Demonstrable experience in use and upkeep of Quality Management Systems and ISO 9001 accreditation E AF, I
1.4 Demonstrable experience of the ability to adapt to feedback to increase output D 1
1.5 Experience of working in a safety-critical environment D AF, I
1.6 Demonstrable commitment to innovation, continuous improvement, and staying abreast of industry developments and emerging technologies D I
2 Skills and attributes    
2.1 Strong leadership, motivational and mediation skills, and the ability to take initiative without guidance. E AF, I
2.2 Excellent communication (verbal and written), organisational skills E AF, I
2.3 The ability to collaborate effectively across diverse teams and stakeholders E I
2.4 Exceptional strategic thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, with the ability to analyse data, identify trends, and make data-driven recommendations E AF, I
2.5 Strong Emotional Intelligence D I
2.6 Ability to manage budgets and work within financial constraints D AF, I
2.7 A detailed approach to tasks with the ability to prioritise appropriately D I
2.8 A robust individual that is as happy working autonomously as working collaboratively as part of a team E I
2.9 Willingness to tackle challenges and solve problems with the confidence to proactively seek solutions E I
3 Qualifications
3.1 Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Operations Management, Engineering or a related field D AF

E – Essential, D – Desirable, AF – Application Form, I – Interview

Note: Due to the nature of work undertaken at SubSea Craft, the selected candidate must be capable of meeting the security requirements of the position, which would include as a minimum Existing right to live and work in the UK, Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), with Security Check likely for specific projects.*

What we offer:

  • Private Healthcare
  • Share Options
  • Life Insurance
  • Critical Illness Cover
  • Unlimited Paid Holiday
  • Ongoing professional development and training
  • Pension contribution
  • Flexible Working
  • A culture of diversity and innovative thinking

 Values: Our people are our greatest asset, we continually strive to provide an excellent working environment to enable our team to do their best work. We have an agile professional workforce: we are founded on the belief that our people are valued and our business is trusted, inclusive and commercially-adept.

What we expect from you:

  • Teamwork, mutual respect and collaboration
  • Initiative and independent working
  • Honesty and integrity
  • Business and commercial awareness
  • Agility, adaptability and continuous development

We regret that due to the high volume of applications we are unable to acknowledge every application. If you are selected for an interview we will aim to contact you within 14 days of your application or the closing date (if stated). However, if we think that your skills and qualifications may be suitable for other similar positions, we may hold your details on our database and contact you in the future. Please let us know if you do not wish us to keep your details on file.

*Please note that DBS, Driving Licence and reference checks will be carried out and all offers of employment are subject to meeting our requirements.

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