Rothera Station Operations Manager – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 93/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Open Ended Appointment
Starting from £38,318 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
26 August, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey are looking for a Station Operations Manager to join the Rothera Operations Team. We are seeking an organised and innovative individual to take a leading role in the delivery of the annual operational programme at Rothera Research Station.

Based in Cambridge you will make regular visits to Antarctica to work closely with the station management team in the delivery of the season and maintaining an operational overview for the purpose of strategic planning.


Rothera Research station is undergoing a significant infrastructure modernisation project. BAS are looking for a Station Operations Manager to lead the design, development and implementation of a new operating dynamic for the station. You will be required to liaise with a complex group of stakeholders to ensure the station supports the delivery of our world class science programme, the modernisation projects and our core station activities. This is a complex management position that is at the heart of BAS Polar Operations. It will be a challenging but highly rewarding role.
In Cambridge: To lead the planning, monitoring and delivery of safe, effective and efficient Operations at Rothera Research Station. Planning the annual cycle of scientific support operations, working closely with Project Teams to ensure delivery of modernisation/construction activities and developing longer term operational strategy for the station.
In Antarctica: Regular visits to station to work closely with the station management team in the delivery of the season and maintaining an operational overview for the purpose of strategic planning. To cover the role of Rothera Station Leader as required.


Degree in Management subject, or equivalent experience

Project Management qualification, or equivalent experience


Oversite of management, co-ordination and administration of all activities undertaken at Rothera research station.

• Leadership of the planning process, including debrief and review.
• Represent BAS as part of the UK-Netherlands collaboration
• Line management of: Station Leader, Deputy Station Operations Manager, Winter Station Leader, Station Support Manager, Project Support Coordinator and Move Manager
• Maintain effective communication between Cambridge and Station.
• Alongside the station leader produce, develop and administer safe operating procedures/systems of work for all station activities.
• Develop new on station operating models in line with the new facilities on station and oversea their implementation, development & review
• Ensure Rothera station provides excellent support to all science activities both on station and deployed through air and sea operations.
• Ensuring appropriate pre-deployment training is provided for all Rothera staff
• Oversee environmental protection according to BAS policies and protection plans, promoting full use of the recycling process, safe retrograde of wastes and energy saving practices.
• Ensure appropriate emergency plans and procedures are maintained and regularly exercised. Ensure feedback from station is dealt with by all departments from staff on station.
• Plan all pax moves in and out of Rothera
• Completion of staff appraisals
• Plan and oversee the ordering of station supplies including food, consumables and general station supplies
• Budgetary scrutiny of station running costs. Including: Transport, food, fuel, consumables and general station supplies.
• Chair relevant Rothera-specific meetings (planning, review etc.)
• Provide a primary focus for planning Distinguished Visitor and media visits.
• Undertake duties pertaining to Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Antarctic Territory, including acting as Magistrate for BAT
• Coordinate plans for the discharge of science projects, in liaison with the Field Operations Manager & Operations Programme Manager
• Any other duties as required by BAS Director.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.
Please quote reference: BAS 93/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 26th August 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 6th September 2019
BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Oral – the ability to chair meetings and provided minutes. - Essential
  • Confident and articulate public speaker Ability to give clear and precise instructions and information. - Essential
  • The ability to discuss professional matters clearly and objectively. - Essential
  • Written – a good level of writing skills for clear and concise routine report writing. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Comfortable in use Microsoft office suite including Microsoft project. - Essential
  • Use and management of PPM software - Desirable [5]

Decision Making

  • Experienced decision maker able to implement and follow policy and procedure. Able to make independent decisions in emergency situations - Essential
  • Experience of making conservative judgement calls - Desirable [2]

Interpersonal skills

  • Good team leader. Ability to mix with BAS/ non-BAS staff at all levels. - Essential
  • Able to implement policy in adverse situations - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • Proven line management track record including effective appraisal and feedback - Essential
  • Experience of managing remote operations - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Highly numerate - Essential
  • Budget control experience - Essential

Other Factors

  • Comfortable in own skin. Prepared to be a leader of a remote team for season long deployments. - Essential
  • The post holder must be physically fit to cope with the Antarctic working environment. They must be able to pass a BAS Medical - Essential
  • Counselling skills. - Desirable [3]


  • Degree in Management subject, or equivalent experience - Essential
  • Project Management qualification, or equivalent experience - Essential
  • The post holder must have the ability to attend, and pass, a variety of training courses appropriate to the skills required - Essential
  • Prince 2 Project management - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Expertise in managing finite resources, monitoring and storage. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Proven management expertise living and working with small teams in remote environments. - Essential
  • Comfortable working in a changing operating dynamic - Essential
  • Strong change management skills with proven sucess - Essential
  • Ability to manage complex projects - Essential
  • Innovative thinker with good problem solving skills - Essential
  • Expertise in implementing safety management systems. - Essential
  • Strong organisational skills - Essential
  • Strategic planning ability - Essential
  • Multi-tasking ability - Essential
  • Highly developed presentation skills. Able to confidently deliver and tailor presentations to a range of audiences and stakeholder groups - Essential
  • Confident negotiation skills. (With stakeholders, suppliers, and international collaborators and team members.) - Essential
  • Ability to effectively chair meetings. - Essential
  • Proven management expertise with BAS or other Antarctic operator - Desirable [3]
  • Expertise in field safety and its application to marine operations and overland travel - Desirable [3]
  • Proven experience of development of staff - Desirable [2]
  • Small boating operations - Desirable [4]
  • Diving operations - Desirable [4]

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Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
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United Kingdom

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