View From The Desk – March

  • Posted March 21, 2023

Welcome to the latest SYR View From The Desk

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Here at SYR we pride ourselves on engaging with the market on a regular basis, to ensure that our knowledge and awareness of what happens in yachting is as current as it can be.

This week we were in London for the Superyacht Investor event. Attended by individuals from across design, build, brokerage, finance and insurance there were a wide range of discussion points covered. We found particular interest in discussions around the new build journey, the rise of explorer yachts and also the continued successful march of the charter market.

Following the initial address by Burgess, highlighting some interesting industry stats, we spent a lot of the two day event asking attendees their thoughts on the current market.

Whilst many have felt nervous as 2023 began, confidence is increasing and we’re looking towards the market building and growing into the second and third quarters of the year, as the Med season kicks off.

The industry is starting to put the initial shock of the Russian invasion behind it and charge forwards into a new era of yacht owners and charterers.

We’re here to offer advice and practical recruitment support in this ever changing market so if you would like to know more about our services, discuss your career or how we can help grow your business, please get in touch.


ED | CEO |

Yachting continues to get busier and busier as the year progresses and we’re noticing a lot more design projects starting to come online, from new releases in the small craft and tender worlds to major superyacht builds signing off.

Continued appetite from the UHNW market is giving us a busy employment market, with a wide diversity of roles across a number of disciplines. It’s a great time to be considering a move right now!

Senior Design Engineer – Hampshire
A Hampshire-based consultancy are seeking an accomplished Design Engineer to join their busy studio, leading a small team and working across a wide range of projects, including electric craft and superyachts.

This is a great chance to work with a number of world-leading yards and manufacturers on some highly innovative projects.

>>To apply click here

SIMON | Senior Recruitment Consultant – Brokerage, Management & New Build |

The shoreside job market remained cautious in March, with lots of noise but not much action reflecting the uncertainty being felt across the industry. However, I am seeing a gradual upturn in new roles being released which indicates growing confidence and with the Med season looming into view I’m expecting a flurry of activity as we approach Easter.

I’ve been developing several new recruitment services for clients who want to enjoy predictable outcomes in their searches. Traditional contingent models are becoming less effective in today’s market, with a success ratio of 1:5 and a cumbersome process. If you’d like to learn more about how to hack the recruitment process, please contact me directly to arrange a discovery call.

Sales Officer – South of France
A boutique Yacht Agent with a unique USP is looking for a Sales Officer to help it grow its footprint in the south of France/Monaco. Working with the MD and Country Manager, you’ll identify new opportunities across the Captain, supplier and port/marina markets to develop new business in these areas. With a background in sales, you’ll have a good working knowledge of the yachting industry and fluent verbal and written English. A strong package is available for the right candidate.

>>To apply click here

CURTIS | Senior Recruitment Consultant – Skilled Trades |

The UK job market for production was quite stagnant at the start of the year, which is now picking up, so I have been working with more customers across warranty and aftersales. This is an area that many people “on the tools” can often overlook or not fully explore, we have had great success working with highly skilled Engineers/Technicians facilitating the move out of production and into servicing/warranty. I would encourage people interested in this type of career development to reach out and discuss options in this section of the industry.

Across the EU market, we have secured new supplier relationships with various boatbuilding companies, from high-performance racing yachts to luxury sailing and motor yachts. For those willing and able to live/work in Europe we have plenty of requirements for skilled Contractors; Carpenters, Electricians, Composite Boatbuilders and Marine Engineers. If you would like to discuss the job market and/or your career plans, please reach out to me for that initial conversation.

Marine Engineer – Southampton 

Working within an international yacht brokerage providing full refit, repair, maintenance, and servicing support on a variety of motor and sailing yachts. You will be joining a team of skilled Marine Engineers in a fully equipped engineering workshop. The tasks will cover the installation, servicing, repair, and maintenance on a wide range of mechanical and electrical marine systems.

From engines, generators, ancillary items and AC/DC systems, this is a great opportunity to develop your skills with a company which is passionate about your progression. You will be trained through third-party suppliers on all the latest industry equipment and actively encouraged to progress internally. A strong Marine Engineering background is required, ideally from a refit, servicing or maintenance environment.

>>To apply click here

See you next month!

CV Advice From The Experts

  • Posted March 16, 2023

Collectively, the SYR team has more than 20 years of maritime industry recruitment experience allowing us to provide you with an unrivalled knowledge of the global superyacht market. So, if you are coming ashore, looking for your next progression or even for a complete change of career we can help.

Are you new to the superyacht industry? No problem! Our vision has always been to shake up the superyacht recruitment world and we are working hard to introduce talent from industries such as automotive, aerospace and other exciting sectors, a move that is helping to push innovation in shoreside yachting through projects such as electric craft, foils and new materials usage.

In fact, in just over two years we’ve made over 100 placements, 22 of them have come from outside of the marine industry. Of those 22, most have never even stepped foot on a boat, yet they’ve brought huge levels of knowledge and understanding to the design, engineering and build of craft in our sector. Our mission is to increase this percentage to be closer to 50% therefore introducing new exciting talent and ideas to a very traditional industry.

Our friendly team are here to support you through your shoreside superyacht career pathway with not only the most up-to-date job opportunities, but with practical advice that will enable you to have the best possible progression.

In this article you will find practical tips and tricks to ensure that your CV makes you stand out from the crowd.

We asked our recruitment team for their CV advice, here’s what they said.

Start Strong:

Ed, the SYR CEO, recommends that you use the first part of your CV to give the employer a reason to read on. “If you can hook them within the first few lines you’ve already stepped ahead of the next CV in the pile. Write a short and succinct opening statement with a summary of your skills and key accomplishments.” Ed adds, “Always include success stories and key achievements as this will show the reader that you are ambitious and like to exceed the goals you are set.”

Attention To Detail:

Simon, our Senior Recruitment Consultant for Brokerage, Management & New Build, hates to state the obvious but says “It still astounds me the number of CVs I see with spelling mistakes and bad grammar. A lack of attention to detail could really derail your otherwise perfect CV and make it stand out for all the wrong reasons.”

Dave, our Operations Manager, agrees, “Spend a few extra minutes reading through your CV backwards. It’s an old trick I learnt from my publishing days. Proof readers do it so that it’s easier to spot errors as your brain has to read every word rather than skipping along the sentence.”

Formatting Matters:

When it comes to your CV, the reader should be able to easily identify your skills. This can be achieved through a short company introduction with each position listed and bullet points of key achievements or responsibilities.

Curtis, Senior Recruiter for Skilled Trades, says “Something I cannot stress enough is that ‘you eat with your eyes’ and the same can be said for CVs. This relates to the entire document, the length, chosen font and font size. Avoid using colourful underlining or highlighting and try and keep it clean and easy to read.”

After your opening statement, your professional experience should always be chronological starting with the most recent and then working backwards.

Always include any relevant qualifications, additional training or voluntary work you have undertaken.

Customising Your CV:

We have collectively reviewed thousands of CVs and understand exactly what our clients are looking for.

Ed advises, “Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for to maximise your chance of success. Read through the job description and pick out the key words or phrases that they have used to describe the person they are looking for or the skills they require. Look at ways to incorporate them into your CV so that it’s obvious you are the person they need!”

Whilst we don’t advise you to literally copy and paste elements of the job description directly into your CV, it often helps if you adapt your tone of voice or the way you describe certain skills or achievements to match the way the employer has written them, almost like mirroring a person’s body language during an interview to make them feel like you have a connection.

How Much Is Too Much?

This was a point that split the team who, eventually, agreed they would aim to offer advice on each personal case.

Curtis said, “In my opinion, the CV should contain your entire employment history. If someone has retrained mid-career and now specialises in a new area, the previous positions could be just summarised. It’s always best to shorten rather than exclude information.”

Despite agreeing that nothing should be left off, Curtis concluded that “The important and, moreover, relevant jobs, experiences and skills should be the focus of the CV.”

Consistency Is Key:

Ed adds, “Little things like making sure your employment and educational dates marry up and any career gaps are explained, a one liner is usually fine. However, the most important thing is that you show consistency between your CV and your online profile.”

Employers will usually search for candidates on LinkedIn and will check to see if the online profile matches the CV on their desk so make sure they tell the same story!

LinkedIn is the number one online networking platform, so use it to your advantage. Not only does your profile need to be kept up-to-date but ensure that you are making the most out of your connections, following companies that you are interested in and ensuring you get recommendations from past colleagues.

LinkedIn allows you to show your personality in ways a CV doesn’t always permit. By creating your own posts or by commenting on industry relevant content, you are able to prove that you are knowledgeable and engaged and can showcase your soft skills.

We offer guidance on raising your online profile and can advise which companies and industry experts to connect with so that you start getting noticed.

The SYR team really are here to help so even if we’re not currently advertising a role that interests you, get in touch and we can discuss companies you’d like us to approach on your behalf.

We look forward to speaking to you soon!

View From The Desk – February

  • Posted February 16, 2023

Welcome to the latest SYR View From The Desk

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Despite January feeling like the longest month ever, here we are in February and this month SYR has a lot to celebrate.

On the 1st February we turned two and, as a result, ate lots of cake whilst reminiscing about how far we’ve come in such a short space of time, as well as getting more excited about what’s still to come.

We also launched out brand new website – take a look around here. Our aim was to provide a site that is easy to navigate, whether you are a prospective candidate or a potential client. We will soon be adding even more features, including an industry event calendar too, so watch this space.

As we continue with our mission to invest in the industry, this month we proudly announced that we are the 2023 Gold Sponsors for the YPY UK, attended the first event of the year and spent time catching up with our fellow sponsors and members.

Last week we joined the Maritime Training Academy at the Southampton Careers Fair and had a really productive day spreading awareness of the scope of roles available and inspiring up and coming graduates to pursue a career in the maritime industry.

And finally, it seems like only five minutes ago that we were shouting about reaching 2,000 followers on LinkedIn and now we are well on our way to 3,500.

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ED | Managing Director |

2023 was a bit of a slow starter in terms of recruitment, with a lot of our clients holding back on making hiring decisions until later in the month. Confidence has now returned and we’re seeing renewed excitement from the market to recruit across almost all sectors. I see 2023 as another big growth year in shoreside yachting employment.

Senior Project Manager (Electro-Mechanical) – Italy 
A highly innovative new shipyard in Italy is seeking an accomplished mechanical/electrical engineer to join them to run their new build superyacht. A project that is setting new standards in low emissions yachting, this offers an incredible opportunity for the successful individual to be a part of something that will be hugely publicised once officially launched to market.

Experience working on complex yacht builds is advantageous, as is either being located in Italy or being prepared to relocate from elsewhere. Excellent package and benefits on offer along with an immediate start.
>>To apply click here

SIMON | Senior Recruitment Consultant – Brokerage, Management & New Build |

After the traditionally slow start to the year, the management company space is beginning to move with a selection of roles becoming available in sales, charter and operations. I’d encourage any candidate considering a move to reach out as soon as possible.

Sales Manager – South of France
An international yacht agent is seeking an experienced sales officer to help grow the brand in the south of France. Working as part of the country team on the ground, you will develop new business opportunities by liaising directly with captains, suppliers, port authorities and other key stakeholders. Forming part of a sales team with the country manager and MD, you will proactively look for new ways to develop business through partner events, yacht shows, dock walking and social media.

Yacht industry knowledge is key and a proven track record in sales is required. Previous experience as a yacht agent would be advantageous. You will need to be fluent in verbal and written English and French and must be based in the south of France and be able to travel locally. Excellent package and benefits, good career progression.
>>To apply click here

CURTIS | Senior Recruitment Consultant – Skilled Trades |

In the UK market, we are seeing work schedules and production plans for 2023 fall into place. The winter period can be slow-moving for both sides, companies and candidates, it’s good to see this pick up now we are in February with more jobs coming through. In the EU market, we are continuing the supply across several production projects, to fulfil order books and hit project goals.

I am looking to build even stronger teams for our EU customers this year, in 2022 Europe had the largest global market share with 35% of industry revenue coming from the region. If you would like to discuss any of the work available or have a need to hire skilled trades, then feel free to contact me for an initial chat.

Yacht Engineer: Warranty Technician – Southampton

If you know how to fix mechanical and electrical systems on board large yachts and would like to be a travelling trouble-shooter on yachts up to 80ft then this is the job for you. Ideally you will have worked at sea on yachts or have experience in warranty/aftersales with a large yachting brand.
>>To apply click here

LAUREN | Recruitment Consultant – Naval Architecture, Design and Engineering |

After what seems like the longest month for many, January has finally come to a close and we can think about what the year ahead looks like. With the current market in the Superyacht industry, there couldn’t be a better time to be hiring. Candidates are more competitive than ever and many are looking to make a move now the weight of January has lifted.

Our project aimed at working with graduates and spreading awareness for the maritime industry is off to a great start, after attending our first UK Careers Fair in Southampton. Make sure to keep an eye out on upcoming developments and where we will be next.

Senior Design Engineer – France
This is an excellent opportunity to join an innovative and forward-looking team primarily designing boats for the power craft market, both recreational and superyacht tenders, but also with huge experience in the production and development of catamarans worldwide.
You will be a part of a passionate, dedicated multi-functional team, participating in a wide range of design activities to develop new vessels from concept to delivery.
>>To apply click here

See you next month!

Navigating Graduation

  • Posted February 8, 2023

There are always questions upon graduating university of ‘what do I do next?’ ‘where will my degree take me’ and ‘where do I even begin’. It can be challenging and daunting deciding your next move, however this step may just be the most important one.

It’s tempting to take whatever role first presents itself upon finishing your degree, whether it be relevant to your studies or a completely different avenue. This however, can impact your future applications and chances of getting your foot in the door of your dream career. There are many circumstances which can sway your decision in taking the first offer. Time can be a determining factor and there is always pressure whether it be financial or the location of the job.

During your time at university, placements are a great way to get introduced to your chosen field and make those connections with established industry professionals (which will come in handy post-graduation). Online, training and courses outside of university are also a great opportunity to get familiar and learn those crucial skills needed to progress. Throughout your work experience you can gain insights into these prestigious companies and see what life after university could look like.

Most employers do look for relevant experience to the role you are applying for and once you deviate from your desired path it can be hard to find your way back. It unfortunately always poses the question of why have you chosen to go down a different route to your education. Like the reasons listed above, you cannot always help taking a role which may not align with your studies, after all your 20’s should be about making mistakes, finding what you are really passionate about and deciding what you want to do in the future.

It isn’t easy to come straight out of university and land your dream job, it is almost unheard of. However there are certainly ways to increase your chances:

Do your research – learn about the companies and their missions, what your average day could look like if you worked there and the responsibilities they hold.

Experience – whilst studying do as many placements and as much work experience as you can, this is your chance to explore those various avenues and find your niche.

‘Job Hopping’ – try to avoid multiple, short term roles in different sectors, this is off putting for employers in terms of commitment and loyalty to a company.

Network – always take any opportunity to go to networking events, shows and lectures, (they are usually free and open to the public!) Make connections with industry professionals in person and on sites such as LinkedIn, in most businesses it’s ‘who you know’ which gives you the real advantage.

Recruiters are also not the enemy, as a young professional I see disheartened graduates almost every day. We are here to help you find your dream job or at least the stepping stone to it, not to waste your time. I advise candidates who are currently studying or approaching graduation on everything mentioned above and more, I urge you to persevere through your studies and seek help if you are unsure on what to do next. The world after all, is our oyster.

If you would like to discuss your next step then get in touch!

Happy 2nd Birthday To SYR!

  • Posted January 31, 2023

It’s hard to believe that two years have passed and SYR is celebrating its 2nd birthday! It has been an incredible journey so far, incredibly rewarding for the majority and incredibly stressful at times, but that’s the joy of owning your own business, right?

In February 2022, on our first birthday, I said that “We want to challenge the industry. We want to give back and support the grassroots side of yachting. We want to grow, continuing our international presence and offering flexible and relevant services not only in recruitment but in data, surveys and marketing support.”

I’m proud and amazed that we’ve achieved all of that and so much more! In the last 12 months we have:

  • played a key role in one of the industry’s largest research projects on diversity and inclusivity within the superyacht world, in collaboration with Boat International.
  • pledged a £21,000 donation to UKSA to work with them over the next three years as they support young people, particularly from diverse backgrounds, to discover and hopefully pursue a maritime career.
  • partnered with YPY UK giving us a relevant platform to offer advice, guidance and open up opportunities to the up and coming talent in the industry.
  • attended 17 industry events.
  • increased revenue by nearly 50%.
  • helped over 100 candidates across four continents find a new career.
  • connected with over 2,000 new followers on LinkedIn (hello to the 3,000+ people following our journey!).
  • engaged, as a team, with a collective 42,000+ industry professionals on LinkedIn.
  • successfully launched the Superyacht Supper Club,
  • created a brand new website that makes navigating the recruitment process a whole lot easier, whether you are looking to hire or seeking your next role.

None of this would have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the SYR team who have consistently been doing what they do best; working with the finest companies, sourcing the greatest candidates and posting the most awesome career opportunities.

My vision has always been to shake up the superyacht recruitment industry and it really feels like SYR is more than just a Shoreside Superyacht Recruiter now.

Here’s to many more years of growth and success!

View From The Desk – January

  • Posted January 30, 2023

Welcome to the latest SYR View From The Desk

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ED | CEO |

It’s great to be back from the Christmas and New Year break and I find myself back in the thick of recruitment due to such a huge influx of new roles.
All desks have taken on new positions in the last week and we’ve also seen a big increase in candidate applications across the board. January is a great time to be job hunting, so get in touch if you’d like to discuss your next career move.

Yacht Accounts Manager
A fantastic opportunity for a Yacht Accounts person or Purser seeking a shore based move to join a Hampshire based yacht management brand with an enviable reputation.
Working with a busy fleet of yachts, you’ll oversee the financial management of your assigned fleet ensuring their ongoing smooth financial running and working with the crew and external stakeholders to provide accurate reports.
This is a full time, office based role that would appeal to a self-starter with ambitions for long term career growth. To apply click here


The current market focus is centred around operations and management roles, so any Yacht and Operations Managers looking for their next career step are encouraged to come forwards; opportunities exist in the UK, the Med and the US across all experience levels. The charter market is beginning to move again, with a flurry of requests for experienced brokers; if that’s you please reach out to learn more about charter roles in Q1.

Yacht Manager – South of France

A boutique management company is looking for a Yacht Manager due to growth in their fleet. Existing experience is required and a strong knowledge of ISM would be advantageous. This is an office-based position with travel, so you must be in commutable distance to Antibes. An exciting opportunity to be part of the growth and development of the managed service, as the client is seeking proactive collaboration with the YM to define the client services. There is also a career roadmap to develop your own position, plus a generous package and salary. Interviewing now! To apply click here


I will be attending Boot Düsseldorf from the 24th-26th January this year.
This being the 1st time I have visited Boot Düsseldorf, I am looking forward to seeing how it measures up against the other annual industry events, such as METS, SIBS and Cannes Yachting Festival.

I will be more than happy to meet with any prospective clients or candidates looking to understand more about the opportunities with SYR and our wider services. If you are attending and keen to talk, please drop me an email at

Project Managers – UK and Europe
With the industry picking up where it left off in 2022, I am currently on the look out for experienced Project Managers across both the UK and Europe.
If you have experience, or believe you have the right credentials in a project management capacity across either; Superyacht Tenders, Sail/Motor or Electric vessels, please get in contact. We have a number of exciting clients seeking project management professionals in 2023 and I would welcome the opportunity to speak with interested candidates looking for a new challenge.


As expected, the New Year has brought about plenty of new work with our clients looking for skilled trades. My desk has been super busy working on requirements across Europe and along the south coast of the UK.
I have ongoing projects in Spain, France, Sweden, Italy and plenty of work in Southampton, Portsmouth and Poole. As always, I am keen to speak with all skilled trades about these opportunities – maybe this year is the time you look for a better-paid position? Or do you want to get into contracting? Whatever you are looking for we will be able to help find it.

Infusion Laminators – Italy (contract or perm)
I am looking for people with a great level of knowledge in the resin infusion process, from a boatbuilding background, to help our client bring the infusion process in-house. You will be working on some visually stunning yachts, setting up and performing the infusion of hulls, decks and components. If this sounds like a good fit for your skills/experience and you can live/work in Italy – I would love to hear from you! To apply click here


As we start the new year the demand for candidates across the Naval Architecture and Design Sector is forever growing, with niche roles in both commercial and luxury Superyachts. With numerous roles out there at the moment, the candidate market is thriving with new and experienced talent.

I have recently started a project aimed at working with graduates, universities and local career fairs to encourage and advise the upcoming generations on the ever changing maritime industry. Make sure to keep an eye out on upcoming developments and where we will be next!

Design Office Manager – France
An internationally renowned company for ocean cruising and sail boats is now looking to take on a Design Office Manager based in France.
We are looking for someone to contribute to the creation of an exceptional, high-performance and stylish product, by working on the most cutting-edge technologies and with some of the leading experts in this field. To apply click here

SYR, more than just Shoreside Superyacht Recruitment

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Happy 2023! This is the start of a BIG year for SYR.

Ed Ewer has long held a passion for inspiring young people to join the yachting world and we will be working on a number of initiatives this year as we develop our partnership with the UKSA.

Also, in collaboration with the Maritime Training Academy, we will be attending university career fairs. Targetting the next generation, we will be offering, not only careers advice and guidance, but a real insight into the scope of opportunities within the superyacht industry .

We have a couple of exciting projects in the pipeline focusing on diversity. Watch this space.

This year we are the Gold Sponsors for the Young Professionals in Yachting allowing us to engage with the brightest minds to get a fresh perspective on global industry issues.

And we will continue to bring you all together with our Superyacht Supper Club networking events both in the UK and (drumroll…) abroad!

Of course, on top of all of this, SimonCurtis and Ed will be working with the best companies, sourcing the greatest candidates and posting the most awesome career opportunities.

SYR, more than just Shoreside Superyacht Recruitment.

View From the Desk – December

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Welcome to the latest SYR View From The Desk

The team will be taking a well-earned break from Wednesday 21st December until Tuesday 3rd January so we would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


ED | CEO |

November saw a bit of a slowdown in applications and new enquiries, however as we’ve entered December the number of new roles and indeed applications has been gather some real pace. We expect to see a very strong finish to 2022 and an equally positive start to 2023.

We have seen a host of new sales roles inbound, showing faith in the long term potential of the market, with clients looking to grow their commercial teams in response to a busy market appetite. Ambitious salespeople required!

Sales Manager – Software

An exciting opportunity has arisen to work with one of the leaders in international yachting media, supporting their yachting intelligence platform. Hybrid working from their London office, the role will suit a hunter-style salesperson with a keen interest in overachieving targets and networking across the industry.

The role comes with a great salary and commission package plus a chance to travel internationally on a regular basis.  To apply click here


With Christmas fast approaching, it is a great opportunity to look back and reflect on this year’s achievements, trails and tribulations.

The demand for candidates across the Naval Architecture and Design Sector has flourished over the course of 2022, with niche roles in both commercial and luxury Superyachts.

With numerous roles out there at the moment, heading into the new year is a great opportunity to look for your next career move. Celebrate the start 2023 with the excitement of a new job.

Calling all Structural Engineers in the Yachting Industry!

A great opportunity to join a company making waves within the industry, as well as working in close collaboration with some of the top specialists in the engineering of Yachts. From project conception to delivery, operation and refit, this is the perfect role for an ambitious and experienced Structural Engineer.  To apply click here


As we wrap up a busy 2022 in the boatbuilding sector, with companies seeing huge demand to fulfil record order books, SYR is already looking into projects for 2023, which promises to be another record-breaking year.

With work across all areas of the industry, from production, refits, servicing, and aftersales/warranty, the job market for those with skilled trades has never been better!

With the start of 2023 on the horizon, it is the perfect time to reach out and see what opportunities are out there – So, please get in touch to see what options we have for you in the New Year.

Aftersales Technician

I am currently looking for a skilled Marine Engineer/Technician to work as an aftersales technician on a range of motor yachts up to 40m. In this position, you will get to travel to some of Europe’s leading yacht destinations and perform a range of servicing, refit and maintenance tasks.

Working in this environment requires a lot of skill/experience, ideally from a refit or warranty background, there is a great package in place with a company bonus scheme and allowance for overnight stays.

If you are a Marine Engineer looking for an exciting job, with international travel, then this could be the perfect one for you. To apply click here


The desk remains busy with opportunities in operations, yacht management and technical in the UK and EU. Experienced sales and charter brokers are in demand across the management company sector, so please do reach out if you are considering options in 2023

The recently announced partnership between SYR and MTA will create exciting opportunities for both candidates and clients alike, so i’m looking forward to helping all parties leverage the skills and diplomas obtained by newly qualified candidates.

Charter Manager

I am working in close partnership with a leading Charter brand in London representing a number of exciting yachts in the 25-50m sector. This Charter Manager role will be London based and offers a strong salary and uncapped commission structure.

With a passion for the industry, you will ideally have worked in a similar role before and be confident in dealing with clients, brokers and owners in a professional manner, constantly considering the commercial opportunities of each conversation.

If you are an experienced Charter Manager and would like to discuss the role in further details, we would love to hear from you. To apply click here


The market for experienced production and project managers is starting to heat up for early 2023 and I have a number of opportunities available throughout Europe, remote and other locations.

Another area of interest would be for individuals in production management within composite builds. Many of our clients have had a dramatic increase in orders off the back of the various yacht shows over the past few months, with a demand for experienced candidates within production/technical management.

With the Christmas break fast approaching, many clients are reflecting on a busy year and setting plans for further growth in 2023. If you are seeking opportunities to further develop your career and test yourself in new surroundings, please do get in contact for an overview of our current opportunities or just an informal chat to see where we can offer our advice and support.

Finance Director

I am currently seeking an experienced Finance Director to work with a leading brand within the maritime industry. The ideal candidate will have the ability to manage the financial operations of this exciting brand with a good knowledge within PE, VC and Corporate Finance.

The role will entail the management and structure of financial operations, along with supporting and providing valued input to the senior management team and further growth of the business.

The role will be primarily London based with some travel required to their Hampshire office.  To apply click here

View From The Desk – November

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Welcome to the latest SYR View From The Desk

What a busy few months we’ve had; Cannes, SIBS, Monaco and METS took us all out of the office for a few days and we were delighted to host our inaugural Superyacht Supper Club event with our sponsors MIMO Connect and Heirlooms.

This was a great opportunity to meet with key influencers within the Superyacht industry. The event was a resounding success and we certainly managed to see value across such topics as; client/supplier collaborations, recruitment trends, career advice and general brainstorming in a relaxed informal environment.

We would highly encourage anyone who didn’t manage to attend our first event to get your name down early for what will be a regular and valued industry event moving forward. The December event is now sold out but by following us on eventbrite you will automatically be notified when the next date is organised.

If you are interested in becoming a Superyacht Supper Club sponsor or host please get in touch.

As we come to the end of the calendar year, we’re continuing to experience strong enquiries on new roles across all areas. Within executive search we are noticing that many employers are looking to bolster their top teams through new C-Suite appointments. This is most prevalent in the yacht building sector.

Alongside recruitment projects, I’m also hard at work on developing a number of other initiatives that will further promote skills development and also address the massive elephant in the room right now, diversity!

To end the newsletter on a high note we’ve have just clicked past 2,000 followers on LinkedIn.  If you already follow us we really appreciate your support and if you don’t follow us yet what are you waiting for? FOLLOW US


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We’re seeking a General Manager to lead a European superyacht marina.

Managing a state of the art facility with capacity for yachts up to 150m and a host of on-site retail and residential properties, this role requires a commercially astute individual with previous experience in a service driven superyacht business.  You’ll be tasked with continued occupancy growth, development of the overall site and continuing to build a world class customer experience. An excellent package is on offer. APPLY HERE



We are working with a fantastic brand, based in London, that work to procure OS&E/FF&E for the UHNW sector. Part of a broader international organisation, the company have experienced strong growth across all markets and the London team continue to go from strength to strength.

Due to this expansion they now seek a Project Manager for their Yacht Interiors department. This is an amazing opportunity to join an internationally reputable company at such a pinnacle time in their journey. APPLY HERE


Our client is leading the change in marine propulsion systems, looking for a Control Systems Software Engineer to be part of this positive change. The company has developed an all-electric powertrain for yachts, widely introduced into the automotive sector and it’s about time the yacht sector had the same electric revolution.

This is a huge opportunity to join an exciting company in its formative years, with excellent backing and a strong forward pipeline of work, there is fantastic future progression. APPLY HERE



Head of Learning & Development – leading an influential business unit delivering tailored programmes to UHNW clients, you’ll have a strong background in business development, project management experience and budget/P&L responsibility.

A very challenging but hugely rewarding leadership role within one of the most respected management companies internationally. Package reflects the senior status of the role. APPLY HERE


Currently I am seeking an experienced Head of Manufacturing for an exciting boat builder based in the Netherlands. The Head of Manufacturing will be an influential part of the senior management team driving operational process and improvements of the site and a point of contact for the department heads. You will be the link between the office and the floor and will report directly to the CEO. APPLY HERE

Q&A with Matthew Elliott From The MTA

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Following the recent announcement of our training and development partnership with the Maritime Training Academy, we asked Matthew Elliott, Global Account Manager, a bit more about the MTA and its courses, why you would want to undertake an MTA course and the future career potential following completion.

How long have you worked for the MTA and what is it that gives you such passion to represent them and sell their courses?

I have worked at MTA now for 5 years and enjoy it more every day. I take pride in selling our courses because it is a product that I truly believe in. I see everyday how our courses can help students and it is great seeing them progress through the ranks post studying. One of the job highlights is traveling around the world to yacht shows and being able to represent the company and meet our students. We focus on providing a personal service and try to go that extra mile for our clients and students.

On average, how many courses do the MTA run each year and how many individuals enrol on them?

We currently have 26 Diploma courses and a number of short courses. Our student numbers vary depending on the course, we get up to 60 students each year on our Diplomas. Each course has an annual start date, there is always a good time to enrol and begin studying.

Do you find that course attendees come from a specific area of the industry?

Mainly onboard, we have a huge number of students studying with us who are either looking to study something such as Superyacht Operations to improve their knowledge and learn more about the onboard operations involved. Or, we have a lot of students onboard who are looking to move into a shore based role within the near future and study anyone of our shore based Diploma courses.

An example being a Captain who has worked onboard for 15 years, who is now looking to be closer to home and study the Superyacht Management Diploma. They can achieve their goal of moving shoreside, but at the same time be able to put their onboard experience to good use. That experience will ideally help in their future role, but will also help in whichever course they choose.

What is your most popular course?

We have a lot of courses throughout the maritime industry, they range from Maritime Law to Maritime Firefighting. Currently our Superyacht courses are proving to be the most popular. The two courses that get the most attention are Superyacht Management and Yacht Brokerage.

You have some incredible lecturers on your courses from all corners of the industry. Do you also work with governing bodies and recognised industry associations to ensure that your courses remain current and in line with wider qualifications?

We know how important it is for our students to have a qualification that they feel will help within their career, meaning recognition is an important aspect when it comes to choosing which training provider and which course to study. Our Course Authors and Directors are all working within the industry so they know the information that our students need.

Because of this, we have a lot of support. Our superyacht courses are recognized by various leading companies such as Camper & Nicholson, Burgess, RINA, IMAREST, PYA, Ocean Independence. We have many students working for the biggest yachting companies who value the support we are able to give and reputation an MTA Diploma carries within the industry.

What can a course attendee expect from an MTA course in terms of learning, support and post-course career opportunities?

Students will enjoy full support throughout their course. It is up to the student to make time for their studies and they will need to dedicate a good amount of time to complete the course. However, we have a Training team on hand who are dedicated to giving the student support. There is always someone that the student can reach out to whether that is over the phone or via email.

We are there to help if the student needs help, or if they simply want to reach out for some advice. We also give our students access to our LinkedIn group and Facebook community, this gives them a platform to reach out to other students on their course. It is great for networking and we have had students find their current job roles based on these groups.

What do you offer in terms of pre-course and post-course careers support?

We offer advice and can help a student pick the right course for them in the initial stages, and our Training team are on hand throughout the students journey when completing their course. But, post-course we are always looking for ways to improve our service, which is why we are very excited to work with SYR.  We feel this will benefit our students massively and offer them that post-course career support that we know they are looking for.

Do you find that having an MTA course on a CV is leading to candidates enjoying a higher chance of success?

From our point of view, it’s a simple yes. I am very lucky in the fact that I get to travel around the world and meet with various yacht management companies, crew agencies, shipyard manager etc. When I speak with them, the feedback I get is that they take candidates very seriously if they have an MTA Diploma. We can’t promise students their dream jobs, but we can provide a course that will help their careers and certainly lead to more opportunities within the industry, and get that dream job! Whether that is progressing their superyacht career, or helping them get their first role within the industry.

Mid & Late career retraining and upskilling is becoming more and more popular, especially in the post-COVID era. Do you see a lot of your course attendees looking to bolster their skills within their existing role, or taking part on a course on the basis of seeking new employment?

We have all types of individuals on our courses at various stages of their career, we have students who are new to the industry and looking to find their first job role within the industry, they may be struggling to find that role so they are looking to show potential employers their commitment to self-development by studying our courses. We also have individuals who have many years of experience within the industry and are now looking for an industry recognized qualification to add on their CV alongside their experience.

We also have individuals who are enjoying retirement and simply like to read our course material. Our courses are updated annually with any changes and developments that are happening within the industry, so a lot of student’s study with us to simply update themselves on the latest industry knowledge.

What’s in the pipeline for the MTA moving forwards in terms of product offering?

We are always looking on ways that we can improve a students experience with us. We are always looking at how advances in technology can help a students ability to learn. Added to this, we always take feedback from our students very seriously. We are often asking our students which courses they would like us to bring out next, so we are regularly bringing out new courses and looking to find new Authors/Directors who can help with new course material.

If you’d like to know more about the SYR/MTA partnership or indeed about job placements then please contact SYR at 

For training, courses and career advice please contact MTA at or visit