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Head of Marine Information Products & Services

National Oceanography Centre
Liverpool, Merseyside
Closing date
13 Dec 2020
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Head of Marine Information Products & Services

National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool


Full time (37 hours per week)


Who are we?

We are the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) - the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. We are a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.

The NOC has entered a truly exciting time, moving to independent & charitable status as of 1 November 2019.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community of staff covering a range of specialist fields, backgrounds and experience. A community where each employee adopts a crucial role in furthering the aspirations, advancing the frontiers of science and knowledge through our excellent scientific research, knowledge sharing and contribution to the health of the oceans, with a focus in improving the world in which we live. Our work is balanced by our strong sense of purpose, values and behaviours and an unwavering commitment to a ‘one NOC’ approach.

What is Marine Information Products and Services (MIPS)?

The MIPS team is responsible for the development of user-friendly tidal modelling and prediction software in a variety of formats:

  • Desktop
  • Web based
  • Mobile app

The software platforms are used across a wide range of industries and by diverse global customers.

About the role

The Head of MIPS will be responsible for the overall leadership and management of the group. The successful candidate will be accountable for delivering the long-term group vision, ensuring key goals are met.

This is primarily a commercial role, taking responsibility for growing the current revenue stream from MIPS products. Working across the organisation the successful candidate will be expected to define and develop new and innovative data and software products, leading teams to build and launch them into the market.

As well as defining new products a key part of this position will be increasing profitability from the group’s existing portfolio.

About you

We are looking for someone with a strong commercial background, and a track record of driving year on year growth. Experience of doing this with a large software provider / developer would be extremely beneficial.

The ideal candidate will have experience of product commercialisation and the ability to analyse and assess markets.

Leadership experience is essential, particularly the ability to lead through a period of significant change.

The successful candidate will need to work across the organisation to develop new commercial software and data products, so excellent communication skills will be vital. Customer facing experience will also be essential.

Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits, flexible working conditions and an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

Some of the benefits we offer include 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, a competitive basic salary and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

The centre is part of the University campus and is only a short walk from the city centre and Lime Street station. We support opportunities for further training and development.

Our commitment as an employer

The NOC is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community. There is a guaranteed interview scheme for suitable candidates with a disability and we welcome applications from ethnic minorities currently under-represented. The NOC is an Investors in People organisation, and has signed up to the Athena SWAN charter principles to take action to address gender equality.

How to apply: 

Please click ‘Apply for this job’ and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter.

If you would like to discuss this vacancy further please contact the NOC recruitment team at / 07955 851648.

Closing date: 13 December 2020. Please note this vacancy may close earlier depending on the number of applicants. 

Please note we are not accepting applications via recruitment agencies for this position.


The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean and is one of the top five institutions of its kind in the world.  With sites in Liverpool and Southampton, it is the UK’s leading centre for sea level science, coastal and deep ocean research and technology development.  Working closely with its partners and associates, it provides capability to meet needs across the UK marine science community

Contact Us
  • European Way
  • Southampton
  • SO14 3ZH
  • GB
  • 023 8059 6666
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