Vehicles and Plant Manager – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 09/19
Contract type:
Open-Ended Appointment.
Starting from £30,357 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Vehicles team
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
31 March, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are currently looking for a Vehicles and Plant Manager to join their Vehicle Operations teams. From the early days of polar science and exploration vehicles have been an essential part of Antarctic and Arctic life. British Antarctic Survey operates a large fleet of wheeled and tracked vehicles to support its science and research stations activities. We are looking for someone to take responsibility for developing, planning and co-ordinating the support and maintenance of vehicles, plant and associated technology.

You will need to be experienced in working with vehicles and plant, with the appropriate qualifications to oversee the mechanics and operators working on the machinery in Antarctica. You will need to be flexible and versatile in the roles you complete, with the ability to communicate with a wide range of people including engineers, scientists and contractors. You must have a background in effective management of staff.


1. To be responsible to the Head of Vehicle and Engineering Section for the development, provision and support of vehicles, plant and engineering.

2. To have specific responsibility for developing, planning and co-ordinating the support and maintenance of vehicles, plant and associated technology.


C&G / N.V.Q. / B. TECH or equivalent, in a mechanical discipline.


• The specification, procurement, design, engineering and development, modification and maintenance of vehicles, plant and associated engineering and technology for operations in Antarctica.

• The setting up and support of a planned maintenance system for all vehicles
plant and workshop equipment. Ensuring all relevant documentation is available and current.

• The supervision and active management on site of Mobile Plant Mechanics
undertaking project and routine maintenance work in both Cambridge and Antarctica. Annual commitment variable.

• Providing support to Mobile Plant Mechanics, Operators and other site staff in
Antarctica. Ensuring relevant standards are adopted and providing advice as
necessary on vehicle technology issues.

• Purchase of vehicles, plant, machinery spares to ensure effective use is made of resources.

• Keeping work programmes within schedule and ensuring objectives are met.

• Acting as a professional focus for Mobile plant Mechanic and Operators.

• Introducing new techniques to overcome the challenges of the polar
environment and improve operating efficiency and safety.

• Any other task, within the remit of the role, as required by the Director.

It is essential that the post-holder is experienced in vehicles and plant, has
appropriate qualifications and has the technical and management ability to lead a team of Mechanics and Operators supporting, developing, installing and maintaining often innovative vehicles and plant in Antarctica. There will be a need to introduce new techniques in the field of polar vehicle technology and engineering. The postholder must also have the ability to work with a wide range of people including other Engineers, Scientists, Administrators and contractors operating under commercial constraints.

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 09/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: 17th April 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

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 part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

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

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Able to convey technical problems/information by e-mail or phone. - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Effective verbal and listening communications skill. - Desirable [2]

Computer / IT skills

  • Familiar with P.P.M systems. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Consultative decision making style. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Be understanding and respectful of peers and colleagues. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Evidence of effective management of staff and provision. - Essential
  • Able to produce reports. - Desirable [2]
  • Evidence of having had a positive impact in a middle management role. - Desirable [1]

Numerical ability

  • Analytical and problem solving skills. - Essential
  • Financial management including preparation of estimates and budgetary control. - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • Must have flexible attitude to their daily tasks. - Essential
  • Physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions. - Essential


  • C&G / N.V.Q. / B. TECH or equivalent, in a mechanical discipline. - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Highly organised Self-starter able to achieve demanding and time limited objectives. - Essential
  • Be of a ‘resourceful’ nature. - Desirable [1]

Skills / Experience

  • Wide range of relevant experience in the maintenance / overhaul of contractor’s plant, farm machinery or heavy vehicles including P.P.M. - Essential

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

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The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

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