Software & Technical ManagerLocation: LiverpoolDivision: Strategic Business DevelopmentGroup: Marine Information Products & ServicesDuration: PermanentSalary: £50,017Ref No: 11570

National Oceanography Centre

National Oceanography Centre

IT, Sales & Business Development
Liverpool, UK
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023

Software & Technical Manager

National Oceanography Centre, Liverpool or Southampton


Full time (37 hours per week)

£50,017 per annum (Band 5)


Who are we?

We are NOC Innovations Ltd (NOCI), the trading subsidiary of the National Oceanography Centre (NOC), the UK's centre of excellence for oceanographic sciences. NOC is a national research organisation, delivering integrated marine science and technology from the coast to the deep ocean.

We are made up of a dynamic and vibrant community whose focus is on 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.


About the role

The Marine Information Products and Services (MIPS) is a well-established team in NOCI, which develops and sells tidal prediction software including Poltips (Coastal tide predictions), Polpred (Offshore water elevation and current predictions) and TASK (Tidal harmonic analysis package used to parameterise observations of sea levels and currents).

This software has historically been desktop Windows based but more recently we have started to offer software as a cloud service and are looking to add new exciting product features and ocean data layers from NOC, beyond just tides to generate additional revenues. This role will be leading a small team tasked with the upkeep and development of our cloud-based commercial software offering as well as actively contributing to coding and software development effort.


About you

You are an experienced full stack or back-end cloud developer looking for a role leading a small team of where you have autonomy and feel ownership of the products you develop. You will thrive on ability to develop new products and features contributing to the product design and evolution with new ideas and solutions. You will have experience of AGILE working and the ability to apply this knowledge appropriately within a smaller team. If you do not currently possess any knowledge of tidal science, you will be keen to learn those aspects with training and support to integrate scientific algorithms into the software accurately and provide knowledge and support to customers on tidal matters. You will become comfortable and confident in taking responsibility for the accuracy, efficiency, and robustness of the software and, over time, become expert in its application.

You will contribute to team ethos of the wider software development community at NOC and be comfortable working with other developers, marine scientists and commercial staff utilizing customer feedback and NOC expertise to further enhance our software and make it better.


Why the NOC?

We offer a generous set of benefits including 28 days annual leave, plus 3.5 local closure days and 8 public bank holidays, and a contributory Group Personal Pension Plan.

We promote an inclusive and supportive environment where our people can meet their full potential.

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.



This position can be based in Southampton or Liverpool. Our Southampton site is well connected by public transport and has ample cycle parking in addition to free onsite car-parking. The Liverpool centre is part of the University campus and is only a short walk from the city centre and Lime Street station.

The NOC has a hybrid working approach where for most positions staff can work from home up to 2 days per week. If you are interested in this position, but require a more flexible working arrangement, please contact the recruitment team using the contact details below.    

We can support visa applications where required. For overseas applicants who are willing to move to the UK we may be able to offer some financial support with relocation.  


Other information

We are advertising this position using the job title ‘Software and Technical Manager’. Please note the formal position title for this role at NOC is Software Manager.   


How to apply: 

Please click ‘Apply for this job’ and submit an up-to-date CV and cover letter. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the NOC recruitment team at / 07590 805967.

Before submitting your application, please ensure you have reviewed the attached job description and assessment criteria.


Date advert posted: 17/11/2023

Closing date: 15/12/2023. 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.


Assessing applications

All applications to the NOC are reviewed by a real-life person, not a computer programme. Attached to our adverts you will find a ‘Candidate Assessment’ document which clearly sets out the criteria against which applications are assessed. Once assessed the strongest candidates will be invited to interview.

If you have been selected for interview, we will be in touch to arrange a time and date. If you haven’t been selected for interview, we will let you know, although we may not be able to give detailed feedback to every applicant