Vehicles Engineering Manager – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 20/28
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting salary from £30,782 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
31 March, 2020 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


A great opportunity has now arisen for an enthusiastic vehicles Engineering manager to join the Vehicles team at British Antarctic Survey.

Who are we?

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. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


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 of up to 5 months.
• Requirement as directed by line management to deploy outside specific area of responsibility i.e. Rothera, Halley, Traverse to cross skill knowledge to reduce single point of failure.
• 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.

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 post-holder must also have the ability to work with a wide range of people including other Engineers, Scientists, Administrators and contractors operating under commercial constraints.

Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/28
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 20 April 2020

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.

Antarctic deployment involves working in a remote and harsh environment where adaptations to working, living and recreation areas are not achievable to a level that might be expected in the UK. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be physically capable of negotiating rough, icy and snowy terrain as well as being mentally resilient and medically fit.

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

Communication 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 [1]

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]

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
  • Evidence of having had a positive impact in a middle management role - 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

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

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.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.