Spotlight on… Jobs in Plymouth

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by Rebekah Valero-Lee on

Home to well over 250,000 people, Plymouth in Devon is second only to Bristol in terms of populous areas in the South West. It’s recently been named one of the friendliest places to live in the UK as well as the best city in the UK for families to live.

Shipbuilding Heritage

Plymouth’s Devonport dock has been a key location in marine and shipbuilding since the 16th century. Over the years it has expanded to become the largest naval refit dockyard in Europe, at approximately three miles from end-to-end.

As the sole nuclear repair and refuelling facility for the Royal Navy, it probably won’t surprise you that there is a huge demand for marine and shipbuilding talent here. Currently, Morson have around 400 contractors working on jobs in Plymouth at the Devonport site in a wide range of roles within marine and shipbuilding. These roles are focused around the repair and refitting of Type 43 frigates, submarines and amphibious craft.

Being the prime location for the refitting of naval surface ships and submarines means that our client in the area is looking to maintain and increase its workforce over the next few years, creating hundreds of new jobs in Plymouth. This is not without its challenges, but Morson are uniquely placed to address these thanks to our broad cross-sector expertise. With many roles, from electrical to technical design engineers, there are currently a wide range of positions available in the area, and the skills required for these are often found within other sectors.

Crossover Talent

As with many other industries, there are skills that are used within marine and shipbuilding that are transferable from other fields of engineering. For example, many electrical roles have transferable skills that translate well into fields such as submarine maintenance, and the ability to obtain SC cleared status while working at Devonport can open up your career options across many other sectors and industries. Morson has a unique foothold across many sectors where these transferable skills are particularly relevant for roles at Devonport.

In addition, with the recent announcement of the green light at Hinkley Point C, this area of the country is set to become a hub for job opportunities. Indeed, in the South West region as a whole has a large part to play in engineering in the UK. The vast majority of the largest aviation companies in the world have a sizeable base in the region and one of the key specialisms in the region is new energy systems – specifically nuclear and marine renewables. These provide further opportunities for cross-skilling.

Paul White, Morson Account Manager at Devonport Royal Dockyard, has been a recruiter in the area for many years and explains the wealth of opportunity he sees in Plymouth

We see a lot of contractors moving on from petrochemical shutdowns into marine and shipbuilding. It’s often surprising from just what industries the skills can be transferred from.

Morson are the sole supplier to Devonport for skilled workers on these exciting naval projects, and with the client looking to grow and expand in the near future, with refit work on Type 45 frigates, it’s never been a better time to see what jobs in Plymouth and Devonport can offer you – from whatever career background you might be.

If you’re interested in jobs in Plymouth, please have a look at our current available positions here.



Cx Jobs

Forecasting Data Analyst

Forecasting Data Analyst Remote/Flexi-working, Central London based - £35,000Are you a recent graduate with experience in Data Analysis or come from a statistical/mathematical background? Want to work for a growing company with a strong ethos and sustainable purpose?A London-based company are growing their Data team looking for a Forecasting Analyst to join them. This is a business that truly invests in their employees, where you will have extensive training available to develop your Data skills and work your way up in the collaborative Data team.This role offers excellent training and development opportunities. You will be working with, and developing your skills in some of the most in-demand technologies available, including Python, R and SQL. What are the key responsibilities?Performing operational forecasting, communicating to suppliers and ad hoc modellingMaintenance of in-house models (written in Python, R, SQL)Assist with reporting and interpretation of performance metricsWorking closely with wider Data team, assisting with data analytics or data insight workSkills Required:A degree in a numerate subject or experience in a role where Data Analysis knowledge is essentialStrong ability with Excel and ability to communicate data in meaningful wayExperience in modelling / forecasting or analysisStrong attention to detail and ability to work with complex technical conceptsAbility to provide insight into data and statistical analysisSome familiarity with either Python / PowerBI / SQL or R. This role will be remote working to begin with - and will remain flexible / part-remote post-lockdown. If you come from a strong statistical/data analysis background and want to develop your skills in an supportive environment, then please apply directly for more information.


Vital are engaged with a Main-Contracting Client who have exciting new projects starting in 2021!We will be delighted to hear from Electricians for a variety of works including Commercial, Fit out and General Building Services. Please forward your CV and ECS along with any other certs for consideration or text Susie on 07703613159 and we will follow-up with you.


Vital are engaged with a Main-Contracting Client who have exciting new projects starting in 2021!We will be delighted to hear from Electricians for a variety of works including Commercial, Fit out and General Building Services. Please forward your CV and ECS along with any other certs for consideration or text Susie on 07703613159 and we will follow-up with you.

Procurement Manager - Raw Materials and Packaging

Title: Procurement Manager - Raw Materials and Packaging Location: Northwich Salary: £45-50k Job overview The Category Manager for Raw Material and Packaging is responsible to the Head of Procurement for delivering the category strategy for Raw Materials and packaging. The Category Manager works closely with the respective Heads of Operations to ensure that suitable contracts are in place to meet operational demand. By working collaboratively with the sites, the operational requirements will be delivered and the opportunities for improved ways of working identified.Key responsibilities Developing a category strategy for raw materials and packaging. Identifying stakeholders and implementing stakeholder management plans to assist in developing the category strategies and operational performance.In developing category strategies identify cost optimisation opportunities and contribute to the broader corporate cost optimisation agenda.Report on Procurement performance against agreed service levels.In conjunction with business leads, as identified in the category strategy, undertake contract management of the suppliers within the category.Implementing Procurement processes and procedures - managing the inputs and responses to the procurement requests from site.Working with the Procurement team to deliver a matrix solution to deliver demand fulfilment. Working collaboratively with Procurement colleagues will help facilitate operational effectiveness.Work with Strategic Procurement to refine Procurement processes and ways of working, including the development of Procurement performance metrics and reporting.Become the P2P subject matter expert for all raw materials and packaging requests and orders; provide guidance and assistance to the business requisitioning community. Liaise and support Operational Procurement in the development and improvement of Procurement systems including P2P.In conjunction with Head of Procurement develop post-contract award contract management and supplier engagement and review. Candidate experience MCIPS or equivalentBachelor's degree in Procurement/ Business/ Finance3+ years in Procurement / Supply chain roles.Manufacturing background or background with mix of direct and indirect spend.Experience of electronic tendering and contract management.Experience of Procurement transformation. For further information please contact Jack Dawkins on / 07966-.531-.875

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