DE&S Salvage Diver

  • Job Reference: 153918
  • Date Posted: 29 September 2021
  • Employer: Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
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  • Location: HMNB Clyde, HM Naval Base, Faslane, Helensburgh, Scotland, G84 0EH
  • Salary: £32,300 to £38,000
  • Bonus/Benefits: Generous benefits package
  • Sector: Engineering
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Duration: Permanent

Job Description

Job description for Salvage Diver

DE&S, Salvage and Marine Operations, are the lead across the MoD for the provision of marine salvage and emergency response. Our team of specialists including Master Mariners, Marine Engineers, Naval Architects, Environmental Scientists, ROV Pilots and Divers provide a centre of expertise for subsea activities and marine operations. Our operations are varied and include: salvage assistance to damaged surface vessels, location of aircraft on the sea-bottom, survey of WWII wrecks, towage of warships and submarines, emergency response preparedness exercises and underwater engineering support to rectify defects on Navy platforms at home and overseas. We are a flexible, highly trained and multi-skilled team who are ready to respond at short notice worldwide. We provide very exciting opportunities for global travel, recently sending our experienced team on deployments including Singapore, Japan and Bahrain!

Are you are an experienced surface supplied diver with an interest in the field of marine salvage operations?
Are you excited by the prospect of working in a challenging role and want the opportunity to advance your career in diving and marine environment? Then this could be the ideal position for you!

The SALMO team at the Marine Salvage Units in Clyde are looking for experienced divers to act as our diving safety focal point, and be responsible for the day to day management of all aspects of diving maintenance both ashore and afloat.

Building on your proven background and qualifications in surface supplied diving, DE&S will provide you with the necessary training and help you on your journey to becoming an experienced salvage operator underwater.
In addition to your core role and responsibilities as a diver, supervisor, maintainer, you will have the opportunity to support all other areas of SALMO, as and when required. This may be in the form of underwater engineering support, welding/tooling, seabed survey and ROV. There may also be the opportunity for regular deployments within the UK, abroad and afloat, leading as a focal point of the dive team, instilling best practice in operations as well as the shore-based management role.

Responsibilities for Salvage Diver

Acting as the diving safety focal point you will be responsible for the day to day management of all aspects of diving maintenance both ashore and afloat.
Duties include equipment preparation, operational planning and documentation, and ensuring safe systems of work for diving operations. You will also manage HSE regulation and system maintenance plus the associated reviews.
As part of your role you will undertake Diving related Risk Assessments.
There is a Safety Delegation associated with this post, which requires the ongoing development and maintenance of the Safety Case, standard operating procedures and safety management systems.
You may on occasion, be called upon to engage in other diverse activity to support both SALMO and wider Defence outputs.

This Assignment is subject to Retained Grade Terms and Conditions.
The Terms and conditions within the SALMO team differ from the DE&S standard TACOS and are detailed in the SALMO Retained Grade handbook.
In order to be successful in this role you must be fit to pass and maintain
• a 2 yearly ENG1 seafarers medical (Unrestricted)
• HSE Diving Medical
This Assignment is open to sole UK Nationals only
You will be required to enlist as a Royal Navy Sponsored Reserve
You will be expected to work overtime as and when required in support of operational commitments.
You will be required to live within 60 minutes travelling time of the base to which you are appointed.
The post requires you to have an in date current UK Driving Licence
If you have no prior commercial diving experience, you will also be required to undertake a dive aptitude test which will be funded by SALMO.

What you will be assessed against

To be found successful you must demonstrate the following essential criteria:
• HSE Surface Supplied Air Diver OR Royal Navy equivalent qualification
• ADC Inland/Inshore Diving Supervisor (or experience to immediately enrol on the ADC supervisors’ scheme

It would benefit your application should you be able to demonstrate the following desirable criteria:
• Underwater/topside welding experience, cutting, burning UW tooling experience.
• KM maintainers/Military diving equipment maintainer
• IMCA Dive Systems Auditor
• Diver Medic Technician
• Relevant experience in Marine Ops &/or Salvage Experience

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following technical competencies:
• Improve Engineering Capability – Supervised Practitioner
• Technical Decision Making – Supervised Practitioner

If you are invited to an interview, you will be assessed against the following behaviours:
• Communicating and influencing
• Making effective decisions

What’s in it for you?

You will receive a generous benefits package including market-leading employer pension contributions of between 26.6% and 30.3% of your salary (not including any personal contribution), annual bonuses, a flexible working pattern to fit you where possible, 25 days holiday +1 additional day every year you work up to 30 days with opportunity for movement and promotion. Some of our sites include an onsite gym, onsite restaurants, cafes and much more.

Whilst you will be based out of the listed location, DE&S promotes Smarter working, which provides flexibility over where work is carried out whilst ensuring organisational outcomes are delivered effectively and efficiently. We adopt an ‘attend for a purpose’ approach in relation to visits to site.

Find out more about what DE&S offers by clicking here. Please refer to the Civil Service Pensions Retirement Modeller to get an indication of the benefits you may receive from your Civil Service Pension, when you come to retire.

We value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce. We promote equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment and a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation.

About your team

Cutting-edge engineering and science is a critical component in delivering modern, battle-winning technologies to all branches of the armed forces. Engineering is the largest business area within DE&S – and it’s one of the most fulfilling too. From managing technical risks, engineering resources and services, to defining and assuring best practice, our engineers are exemplars both within DE&S and our industry partners and professional bodies.