Marine Engineering Quality & Technical Manager

Canal & River Trust

Contract type
Closing date
18 Jun 2024 11:55 PM
Remote working

The Canal & River Trust looks after and brings to life 2,000 miles of waterways across England and Wales. Every role across the Trust plays its part in transforming our canals and rivers into spaces where local people want to spend time and feel better, bringing wellbeing benefits to millions.

  • Help ensure that the BSS Requirements continually represent the most effective reasonable minimum safety standards for boats using the navigations and harbours of those authorities we serve
  • Lead BSS activity teams, including Technical Team, Quality Assurance Team and Training Team, all of of which includes BSS Office colleagues and specialist contractors and consultants
  • Commission and work with consultants where such individuals or companies help support the BSS Risk Management Process, Examiner Development Strategy and/or Examiner training programmes
  • Lead the continual development and delivery of the BSS Examiner Development Strategy to ensure that BSS Requirements are consistently and effectively applied by BSS Examiners. As measured by the input and review of BSS Forums
  • Manage the delivery at BSS Forums of appropriate risk management outcomes through the application of the BSS Risk Management Process to help ensure that ‘real’ and accepted boat-related risks are identified and managed effectively. As measured by the input and review of BSS Forums
  • Propose new, and refine the Scheme’s existing best practice safety information, advice and tips for boat owners and operators based on the Risk Management process
  • Prepare, monitor and deliver continual improvements in BSS quality assurance processes and procedures to ensure continuous improvement in BSS effectiveness and efficiency as set out in improvement plans and taking account of any variations to the plan following quarterly and annual quality assurance activity reports to the BSS forums
  • Manage the BSS Technical Forum (a risk process forum of specialist BSS consultants and stakeholders) including working closely with its independent Chair, and engage with the BSS Advisory Forum (stakeholder policy forum)
  • Influencing effective stakeholder engagement to ensure synergy in delivering the BSS aims, visions and values. Use innovation to deliver strategic objective to manage the risks to people and property presented by boats to as low as reasonably practicable by promoting safety improvements through research and design and being pro-active to seek to identify any new risks yet to show up from available incident data
  • Also influencing multiple outside standards-making bodies to help ensure UK Codes of Practice, international standards and any associated UK legislation matches the Scheme‘s and the navigation and harbour authority interests
  • Lead the provision of technical advice on the application and interpretation of the BSS requirements to boat owners, BSS Examiners, the Navigation Authorities, the marine industry, and others, to the satisfaction of the customers served. Becoming actively involved in resolving the issues or passing on challenges to the BSS Technical Forum or complaints to the BSS
  • Support, monitor and assist in the delivery of BSS business, financial and budget plans to in line with the Scheme’s policies and aligned with their stated goals
  • Achieving the BSS values and behaviours at all times. Ensuring that diversity and inclusion are integrated into all aspects of Trust life and promoting inclusion by challenging behaviour, practices, actions, or decisions that are counter to the objectives of our workforce policies and values
Qualifications and Experience
  • Educated to Degree level in relevant engineering discipline - craft/marine engineering
  • Chartered engineer or equivalent (engineer or surveyor with professional membership desirable)
  • Substantial experience at a senior level in marine engineering and/or recreational craft design, construction or systems
  • Proven, experience/ knowledge of quality assurance accreditation/certification/audit standards and processes - ideally, EFQM-assessor trained
  • Computer literate, including knowledge of appropriate Windows software and knowledge of appropriate CRM systems and business ecosystem software
  • A confident communicator with demonstrable leadership and influencing skills, with excellent presentational and negotiating skills
  • A thorough understanding of the role of national and international technical standards and codes of practice supporting the construction, fitting and maintenance of small craft and marine installations
  • A strong and effective knowledge of project management and process-based working
  • Demonstrable experience in cross-functional working
  • Track record of effective leadership to a technical team to achieve operational and customer service objectives
  • Able to lead, develop and coach individuals to ensure that the appropriate skills and competencies are maintained to deliver the objectives of the team
  • Proven ability to present technical data and provide high quality written communication
  • Proactive approach toward improvements; challenging existing practices to continually improve
  • Proficient in the use of a personal computer and business applications software e.g. MS Office
  • Must hold a current valid driving licence – company car allowance will be provided