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VTS Operations Manager

VTS Operations Manager

Based in Gravesend, Kent

Salary range: £50,500 per annum to £55,700 per annum (inclusive of allowances)

The Port of London Authority (PLA) is the statutory harbour authority for the tidal Thames. The VTS Department maintains navigational safety in accordance with statutory frameworks, such as the Port Marine Safety Code, and is one of the largest and busiest VTS centres in the United Kingdom.

The successful applicant will support the Harbour Master (VTS and SMS) in managing and co-coordinating the daily operational activities of two VTS centres, one based in Gravesend and the other in Woolwich (South East London).

The successful applicant will hold full V103/1 (VTS Operator) and V103/2 (VTS Supervisor) certification or be in possession of a high level STCW qualification. You will have had significant experience working as a VTSO preferably at supervisory level, and or have management experience within the port industry. Candidates will need to demonstrate that they be able to lead, motivate and manage effectively, with proven and effective interpersonal skills. Excellent communications skills and an ability to work effectively under pressure are essential.

The post is based at the PLA headquarters in Gravesend, but you will also be required to work at our VTS centre based near the Thames Barrier from time to time. You may on occasion also be required to work outside of normal office hours. In return we offer a highly competitive salary plus benefits package, which includes a contributory pension scheme and private health insurance.

To view the job description, please click here.

For an informal discussion about the position, please contact the Harbour Master (VTS and SMS), Simon Phillips on 01474 562211.

To apply, please complete an application form available from www.pla.co.uk/About-Us/Vacancies and return it to recruitment@pla.co.uk before the closing date on 25 June 2018.

Interviews will be held w/c 2 July 2018