ESO Operations Manager

The role will be based at Lyell Centre, Edinburgh
UKRI Pay Band F - Salary from 49,708 per annum
Full-time - 37 hours a week (a range of flexible working options may be available)
3-year fixed term appointment

About us

The British Geological Survey (BGS) is an applied geoscience research centre that is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and affiliated to the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is a world leading geological survey that provides a core science mission to inform government of science related to the subsurface and its interfaces and also undertakes applied research for solutions to earth and environmental processes, both in the UK and globally. It is funded directly by UKRI as well as through research grants and via private sector contracts.

BGS has an annual budget of approximately 60 million and employs 650 people. It has two main sites, a head office in Keyworth near Nottingham and the Lyell Centre, which is a joint collaboration with Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. BGS works with more than 150 private sector organisations as well as having close links with 40 universities and sponsors approximately 100 PhD students each year.

About the role

The BGS is seeking an experienced offshore operations manager to support ambitious, high-impact scientific ocean drilling expeditions worldwide. The ECORD Science Operator (ESO), coordinated by the BGS and its university partners, is an exciting, long-term scientific ocean drilling project. ECORD is the European Consortium for Ocean Research Drilling, which funds the BGS and its partners to provide scientific ocean drilling expeditions under the auspices of the long-standing International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP). IODP is an international collaboration that seeks to advance our understanding of Earth's past to be able to better understand and predict its future, and to inform decision-making about some of the most important environmental issues facing society today. The successful applicant will work with a team of 20 researchers from the BGS and ESO partner institutes, to design, set up and directly manage offshore IODP scientific ocean drilling expeditions.

About you

Educated to degree level in an Engineering or other technical subject, you should also have significant experience of offshore drilling/coring experience together with evidence of a practical "hands on" senior offshore role. You must have experience of designing and setting up large-scale offshore coring/drilling projects together with a broad knowledge of various coring drilling methods and equipment. The post involves team working, therefore you must be able to work within a variety of teams, demonstrating an ability to lead teams and to participate as a team member.

Please also refer to the specific essential and desirable skills criteria for this post.

What we offer

A generous benefits package is also offered, including a very competitive pension scheme, 30 days annual leave plus bank holidays, free parking and access to flexi-time.

We also offer the 'Bike to Work' scheme, free parking, health and wellbeing support, social clubs and on-site sports facilities.

Please note that any internal BGS staff applying for this post would, if successful, be appointed to new UKRI Terms and Conditions and pay.

How to apply

Applicants are required to include a cover letter outlining their suitability for this role. We would stress the importance of this paperwork in our selection process. A well thought through application addressing the advertised essential and desirable criteria for the post will be considered far more favourably than a generic covering letter and CV.

Applications are being handled by UK Shared Business Services, to apply please visit

Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on +44 (0)1793 867000.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 29 January 2021. Interviews are expected to be held in March 2021.

BGS provides a range of flexible working options including flexible working patterns, compressed hours and home working so if you have a need for flexibility, please raise this in the recruitment process when your needs, balanced with the requirements of the role, will be fully considered.

We are committed to promoting equality and diversity across our organisation as well as across all areas of our science community. As such, we aim to have a workforce with employees from all backgrounds with people who are passionate about earth science and who share our commitment to work for the good of the environment and the benefit of society.

We will actively seek to avoid discrimination on the grounds of age, disability, race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin), sex or sexual orientation, being trans or a member of the non-binary community, being married or in a civil partnership, being pregnant or on maternity leave or religion.

The British Geological Survey is an Investors in People organisation and has achieved Bronze status for Athena SWAN - a scheme that recognises an organisation's commitment and progress in developing a diverse and inclusive workforce.

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