Commissioning Section Manager

  • Location

    Fife, Scotland

  • Sector:

    Aerospace and Defence

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  • Salary:

    Up to £30.00 per hour

  • Contact:

    Morson Rosyth

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

  • Duration:

    6 Months

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Purpose of role:

To drive, lead, manage and oversee the Commissioning Engineer team, in the delivery of Test Forms, sea trials and engineering support requirements to all ships of class and to influence the design and schedule so that it is achieved safely and cost effectively.

Technical Skills:

Specialist operator experience / qualifications in the marine sector.

Ideally Educated to Engineering Degree level or hold a strong HND/HNC with the relevant engineering experience.

Experience in engineering leadership/management in the defence sector or related industry.

Technical authority in one or more recognised business areas.

Commercial awareness, including account construction, management of sub-contractors and risk management.

Practical experience in commissioning and operation of marine systems

Interpersonal Skills:

Strong commitment and self-motivation; determining and successfully delivering the commissioning roles and responsibilities.

Monitor individual/team performance, able to recognise and manage good and poor performance.

Ability to deal pro-actively with customers and sub-contractors.

Analytical Skills and Challenges:

The ability to generate enthusiasm, to pioneer new methods and challenge issues based on commercial applications which may involve implementing difficult decisions and cost reduction objectives.

Sound planning skills to overcome and adapt to change within a complex engineering environment.

Ability to analyse engineering system data and fault find.

Industry Knowledge:

Logical commissioning and ship build functional and schedule understanding to promote valued engineering and Earned Value Management.

The challenge of early delivery, target achievement and anticipation of the customers' needs will require to be demonstrated.

Experience in working in multiple disciple teams and cross company procedures with interaction in all elements of ship build delivery from procurement through to contract acceptance.


Ideally Educated to Engineering Degree level or hold a strong HND/HNC with the relevant engineering experience.

Tasks and Activities:

Manage the operation of T&C safe systems of work that complies with the company's procedures on SHE legislation to ensure the safety of all personnel on-site who work on or near ship's systems.

Responsible to the Commissioning Manager for all the engineering issues relating to the equipment and systems under his control.

To drive the development, co-ordination and delivery of the test & trials programme, to the criteria stated, pro-actively engaging with suppliers to ensure they meet the requirements of the level 3 programme.

Management of the T&C Cost accounts, by monitoring and controlling actual spends against planned and controlling overtime.

Direct management and leadership in developing the team to achieve T&C business objectives.

Implementing processes and procedures to mitigate test and trials related programme business risks.


Direct control and management of sub-contractors during the STW process.

Drive T & C milestones within scope of work to exceed performance, schedule and cost targets.

Provide performance information to support metrics and measures of contractual and individual performance.

Influence design so that the ship can be commissioned on or before time with minimal risk and maximum opportunity identified.

Team development and succession management of staff.

It is the expectation that individuals undertaking this role will be required to attend the Sea Trials of the ship during the test and commission phase. This requirement will be determined by the business and is at the business discretion.


Deliver the acceptance of systems and equipments through the development and execution of dynamic tests, trials integration and acceptance strategies whether to the external or internal customers.

Conduct and manage the platform operating requirements to successfully complete Contract Sea trial elements.

Manage the support services required to maintain STW activities.

To apply for this position, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK and either possess or be able to obtain UK MOD Security Clearance to SC Level.