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Mechanical and Electrical Technical Staff - Torpoint Ferry

Tamar Bridge & Torpoint Ferry is looking for a Leading Hand (Mechanical), a Mechanical Technician and an Electrical Technician to join the team at the Ferry. Please read all the details before deciding whether the roles are suitable for you and you are what we are looking for. This summary should be read in conjunction with the full job description and person specification.

Background Staffing structure:
Leading Hands report to Technical Manager and manage the Mechanical/Electrical technicians.

What is it like working here?

We run a busy 24/7 service every day of the year with 1, 2 or 3 Ferries running. The role requires suitable mechanical/electrical/shipwright experience, preferably within a marine environment, to support the upkeep of the ferry service. We are a vital link between Plymouth and Cornwall and see around 2.4 million vehicles and 600K foot passengers a year crossing with us.

Leading Hand role:

This is the senior role within the mechanical discipline and requires a flexible, quick thinking, multi-skilled candidate who is able to operate well in pressurised, dynamic situations. You will manage three mechanical technicians from the fitter/shipwright trades.

You will be based at our workshop facility at Torpoint. There is some office based work, but the core function is hands, on first line management.


The prime daily aim is to ensure that any defects that arise are promptly dealt with to enable the ferry service to operate at full capacity. You are also responsible for prompt completion of planned maintenance items.

In the event of any major defects whether a simple delay or an emergency situation this role is pivotal in managing and responding as necessary. In conjunction with the Technical Manager, you will, where necessary, liaise with any external agencies.

There is a staff supervision and management required on both a day to day basis and longer term development including monitoring probation periods, managing performance, regular appraisals, mentoring staff, managing change and team building.

Due to the nature of the operation the successful candidate must be able to manage multiple concurrent tasks as well as swapping over primary tasks and aims regularly and sometimes part of the way through the day as required.

Technician roles:

The mechanical technician reports directly to the Leading hand (Mechanical) and the electrical technician reports directly to the Leading Hand (Electrical).

The fundamentals of these roles are as per the Leading Hand role above with the exception of the managerial and staff appraisal functions.

Basic Salary/T&Cs:

Leading Hand: £29550 to £33821 based on 37 hours + 5.5 hours contracted overtime.

Technicians: £25255 to ££28601 based on 37 hours + 5.5 hours contracted overtime.


Annual holiday allowance starting at 23 days a year (rising to 27 after 5 years) plus bank holidays.

Local government pension scheme, sick pay, as well as an option to join the cycle to work scheme.

All uniform and safety equipment is supplied by the company at no cost to you.

1. For the Leading Hand role, an ability to manage staff, including appraisals, performance management and development - this is likely to be linked to previous recent experience of staff supervision or ideally management.

2. A relevant apprenticeship, preferably with marine experience.

3. A thorough working knowledge of pertinent engineering workshop machinery and safety precautions

These experiences must be recent and demonstrable in your application and may be tested if you successfully reach later stages in the recruitment process.


You must be prepared to respond to out of hours working requests for which appropriate remuneration will be paid. We are looking for people who are keen to learn, train and develop and move themselves and the company forward.

If the above sounds like you and you match the criteria we would welcome your application.

Applying:
Applications will only be accepted on the official application form (available on our website); letters, CVs or other alternative methods will not be accepted. Presentation of the application form is important and may be assessed as part of the shortlisting process.

Closing date:  Midnight on Monday 28th August 
Interviews: for shortlisted candidates will be w/c 11th September

If you have not heard anything by Monday 4th September, please assume you have been unsuccessful, we are sorry but due to the expected volume of applicants we are unable to inform people individually or give feedback to people who are not successful in reaching the interview stages.

TB&TF is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

For an informal conversation about the role please call

01752 81 22 33 and ask for Pete Biggs (Technical Manager), no agencies please.

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