ESO Operations Manager
The role will be based at Lyell Centre, Edinburgh
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.
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.
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.
Closing date for applications is 20th June 2021. Interviews to be held in July 2021.