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RYA seeking to appoint a Technical Manager

by Lisa Rogers 10 Jul 2019 13:30 BST
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The Royal Yachting Association, based in Hamble, near Southampton, is the national governing body for all forms of recreational, competitive and professional boating. It represents dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sportsboats, windsurfing, inland cruising and personal watercraft.

TECHNICAL MANAGER
Salary: £32,000 - £35,000 per annum (dependent upon experience)
Full-time, 35 hours per week
Location: Hamble, Southampton
Range of benefits including pension scheme, free life insurance and a total leave package of 28 days annual leave plus public holidays

The RYA is seeking to appoint a Technical Manager to lead, manage and direct the work of the Technical Team. The team consists of 4 RYA employees whose differing remits cover two main areas; (1) Technical Commercial; and (2) Technical Racing.

As the Technical Manager your responsibilities would include (but are not limited to);

  • Working with the Racing Services Manager to set, deliver and report on the strategic and operational plans & budgets of the Technical Team.

  • Creating strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including volunteers and committees, ensuring regular dialogue is maintained in order to promote a quality service and efficient use of time.

  • Being a subject matter expert in relation to relevant legislation, rules and regulations, whether set by the MCA, World Sailing, or other bodies. Ensuring the Technical team remains compliant at all times, providing advice and support to other stakeholders where necessary.

  • Working with the Racing Services Manager and other RYA staff to represent and negotiate on technical legislation, standards and other regulations at National and International level.

  • Acting as the main point of contact for surveyors, owners & managing agents in the delivery of overall operations as an MCA agent for Tonnage Measurement and as a Certifying Authority for Small Commercial Vessel Certification, providing high levels of customer service.

  • Support RYA National Classes, Clubs and members with advice and support on various technical issues such as class rules, measurement or handicapping.

We are looking for a candidate who has the ability to understand and interpret complex information (i.e. rules, regulations and legislation), with the ability to then be able to communicate this to others in a clear and concise way.

You should have strong customer service skills, being effective in building and maintaining strong working relationships with various stakeholders, combined with a strong commercial acumen. You should also have demonstrable experience in effectively negotiating and resolving conflict as well as experience of leading and developing a team. Current knowledge and understanding of MCA Codes of Practice for Small Commercial Vessels and/or yacht & dinghy class rules & measurement would be considered an advantage.

This role requires some travel, as well as frequent out-of-normal-working hours working, for which time off in lieu is allowed, therefore flexibility is also essential.

To Apply

Please visit our website, www.rya.org.uk/go/jobs, to view the full job description and to download an application form. Completed application forms should be returned, along with an equality monitoring form, to Please note that we do not accept CVs in lieu of a fully completed application form.

  • Closing date for applications: Mid-day on Monday 29 July 2019
  • Interviews to be held: Friday 9 and/or Monday 12 August 2019
The RYA is committed to equality of opportunity.

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