The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking to appoint a Deputy Station Operations Manager (DSOM) for Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula. The DSOM supports the Station Operations Manager (SOM) in the planning and delivery of annual operational cycles for the station, with particular emphasis on marine activities. The role is a key member of the Rothera management team, deputising for the SOM as required, with line management of field diving officers (FDOs), boating officers and the marine operations assistant (MOA).
Rothera Research Station is subject to ongoing construction activity, known as the Rothera Modernisation Project (RMP), as part of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP). The DSOM provides critical capacity to assist the SOM engage with AIMP project managers to provide feedback on project proposals and their impacts on operations.
The ideal candidate is highly organised with a thorough understanding of operations at Rothera, including current boating and diving practices, and has proven experience of line management. The individual is confident in setting direction and guidance, and in briefing others on their tasks, whether remotely or in person. The applicant must also be accomplished at drafting and maintaining all associated documentation and staff work with a keen eye for detail.
The DSOM is based at BAS Cambridge and deploys to Rothera annually for 6 8 weeks to provide on site supervision and management as required. The post is delegated financial responsibility for managing the small boating and diving budget and is responsible for managing planned maintenance of kit and equipment, plus associated pre deployment training courses. In addition, the role maintains related standard operating procedures and safety management systems in conjunction with other BAS managers.
This position is suitable for those seeking a challenging middle management role in support of polar science, balanced between the UK and Antarctica, with opportunities to improve operational procedures and safety on the continent.
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British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs.
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