Recruitment Pack: Programme Director and Secretary to Councils
About the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)
The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) (www.maritimeindustries.org) is the lead trade association for the
UK’s maritime engineering and business sector and its broad membership ranges from large prime contractors
to SMEs. Member companies select to participate in one, or more, of six groups relevant to their activities in
commercial marine, maritime defence & security, maritime autonomy, ports and terminal infrastructure,
marine science & technology, maritime digital technology. Each group has a council of elected members led
by one of the Society’s directors and reports to the Society’s governing board of senior industrialists.
A vacancy will occur when the present Programme Director and director of the maritime defence & security
group (MDSG) retires before the end of 2019.
SMI is a not-for-profit organisation and provides a wide range of activities both internationally and in the UK
for the benefit of the maritime engineering business community. The members’ interests are represented by
our six councils and our activities follow our objectives of presenting members with business opportunities,
assisting with research and innovation, lobbying government and NGOs to improve the business environment,
facilitating network opportunities and providing marketing and other services.
About the role
The position involves the dual role of Programme Director for the SMI, and Secretary to two Councils, the
Maritime Defence & Security (MDSG) Council and the Maritime Autonomous Systems (MASG) Council.
The candidate is expected to have a strong Royal Navy background having operated at a senior level of
approximately OF5 rank with deep experience of the MOD organisation, of defence procurement and support
and with a good understanding of the domestic and export markets in naval systems and equipment. Ideally,
a background in engineering would be an advantage.
Experience in commercial matters with cost centre responsibility is desirable together with a mature,
confident and personable manner, able to liaise with contacts at the highest level. Excellent communication
skills both orally and in writing are essential.
The candidate must live within a daily commute of our central London office and no relocation package is
offered. The job does involve travel both internationally and within the UK.
Closing date for applications: Friday 14 June 2019
28-29 Threadneedle Street
Programme Director and Secretary to Councils
Thank you for your interest in this position. Enclosed is the information you require to assist you in
applying for the role.
To apply please:
– Provide an up-to-date CV which shows your full career history with any breaks explained – we
recommend that this is no longer than three pages;
– Write a covering letter of one page summarising how you meet the skills, knowledge and
experience required for the role;
– Supply the names of two referees one of whom should be your most recent employer. Please
be assured references will not be called for unless an offer of employment is made;
– Indicate your availability for interview. Initial interviews are expected to be undertaken week
commencing 1 July 2019.
Please ensure your full name is on all documents and saved as name/CV/supporting statement.
Please note that applications will not be considered unless documents are provided.
Applications and supporting statements should be e-mailed to
Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 14 June 2019.
Should you require any further information or wish to discuss the role in more detail please contact
me, on 020 7448 7020 or email to email@example.com.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Society of Maritime Industries
28-29 Threadneedle Street
London EC2R 8AY
Telephone: + 44 (0) 20 7628 2555
Fax: + 44 (0) 20 7638 4376
Chief Executive: John C Murray BSc DIS Society of Maritime Industries Ltd. Registered in England No. 00883132.
Registered Office as above. VAT No GB 24326668.
1. About the Society of Maritime Industries
The Society of Maritime Industries (SMI) is a member based trade association representing
organisations in the maritime engineering and business sector. We promote and support companies
which design, build, refit and modernise ships, and supply equipment and services for all types of
commercial and naval ships, ports and terminals infrastructure, digital technology, maritime defence
and security, marine science and technology, maritime autonomous systems and marine renewable
SMI provides a wide range of activities both internationally and in the UK for the benefit of the
maritime engineering and business community which follow our objectives of presenting members
with business opportunities, assisting with research and innovation, lobbying government and NGOs
to improve the business environment, facilitating network opportunities and providing marketing
and other services.
SMI is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with a Board of Directors elected from the
membership. To ensure the wider interests of members are reflected, Councils are elected from
companies operating in six specific sectors. The Board and Councils direct policy on a wide range of
issues and initiate programmes of activities designed to benefit all members.
Financial decisions concerning SMI and the six specific sectors are exercised solely by the SMI Board.
SMI strengthens its links with government by appointing Honorary Vice Presidents who are serving
Members of Parliament.
SMI is managed by a Chief Executive and an executive management committee, comprised of Council
Directors who are experts in their particular sectors, and four supporting staff.
Further information can be found on our web site www.maritimeindustries.org
2. Job Description
Job title: Programme Director and Secretary to two Councils
The position involves the dual role of Programme Director for the Society of Maritime Industries (SMI)
and Secretary to two SMI delegated Councils, one focussing on maritime defence & security (MDSG
Council) and the other on maritime autonomous systems (MASG Council), as described in the duties
The Director is formally appointed by the SMI Board and reports to the SMI Chief Executive who is
his/her line manager. In addition, the Director will be guided by the chairmen of delegated Councils
in the administration and provision of services to their Councils within the constraints of available
resources set by the SMI Board.
Duties and Responsibilities
– Membership of the Society’s executive management committee under the chairmanship of
the Society’s chief executive which meets on a six week cycle, approximately.
– Attendance, as a non-voting observer, at the quarterly meetings of the SMI governing
– Overseeing the financial viability of Society’s overall events programme which includes:
inward and outward trade missions; conferences, seminars and briefings; management of
and participation in UK pavilions at relevant national and international exhibitions in the UK
and overseas; SMI membership networking events.
– Organising the Society’s annual conference in the UK.
Secretary and Administration of the two Councils:
– Act as Secretary to the two Councils under his/her responsibility.
– In co-operation with the SMI Chief Executive, liaise and sustain relations with appropriate
government departments, agencies and allied organisations.
– Seek the views of the Councils’ members on specific topics and represent their individual or
collective opinions in the right quarters, liaising with the SMI Chief Executive on political
lobbying as appropriate.
– Keep the Councils’ members informed of all matters of interest, including government,
industry and marketing matters and the Society’s wider activities.
– Ensure that Council meeting frequency, format and location engage the full membership,
supporting these with appropriate papers and minutes of previous meetings.
– Ensure minutes of the Council meetings are made available to the wider SMI membership on
the SMI password protected website once the minutes have been ratified by the appropriate
– Provide news and reports, as required, for his/her Councils and for the SMI website.
– Provide professional advice to the wider SMI membership on UK and overseas markets in
maritime defence and security and maritime autonomous systems, consulting, as necessary,
with members of the relevant SMI Councils and other appropriate authorities.
– Put SMI members in touch with prospective customers at home and overseas.
– In conjunction with the SMI Operations Manager, recruit, establish, organise and administer:
o Conferences, seminars and presentations with industry and other speakers.
o UK Groups at national and international exhibitions in the UK and overseas.
o Inward and outward missions including overseas travel.
– Supply contacts/updates to the Operations Manager for the SMI database.
The candidate will most likely be seeking a new career and possessing the following characteristics:
– a strong Royal Navy background having operated at a senior level of approximately OF5 rank
with deep experience of the MOD organisation, of defence procurement and support and
with a good understanding of the domestic and export markets in naval systems and
– a confident communicator, articulate and with excellent drafting and secretarial skills and
proven abilities as a team player in small organisations.
– Experience in commercial matters with cost centre responsibility.
– Capable of understanding the concerns and interests of members and of creatively seeking to
promote members’ interests.
– Mature, confident and personable manner able to liaise with contacts at the highest level.
– Ability to work on own initiative and organise time management effectively.
– Able to manage multiple commitments with over-lapping deadlines and results oriented.
– Computer literate and able to use the full suite of Microsoft Office in the administration of
– Live within easy daily commuting distance of the Society’s offices in the City of London.
– Prepared to undertake travel throughout the UK and overseas, which may involve week-end
travel, on an occasional basis.
The Society reserves the right to amend this job description as necessary, after consultation with the
post holder, to reflect changes in or to the job.
3. Terms and Conditions of Employment
(For information purposes only)
Programme Director and Secretary to two Councils
Permanent (full time)
28-29 Threadneedle Street
London EC2R 8AY
Although the position involves UK and international travel
Hours of Work
Ordinarily Monday to Friday 0900 to 1700
One hour break for lunch each day
Depending on experience a remuneration package in excess of £60,000, including compulsory
employer’s pension contribution,
25 days plus normal 8 public holidays
Sickness pay scheme and interest free season ticket loan once a probationary period of three
months has been satisfactorily completed.
All references will be taken up before an offer for employment can be confirmed as final.