View From The Desk – December

  • Posted December 13, 2023

Welcome to the latest SYR View From The Desk

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Christmas is nearly here and bringing with it a close to a busy year across all desks at SYR. We’ve enjoyed working with clients old and new in 2023 and have seen the SYR brand continue to grow across the yachting sector.

We’re still seeing a busy jobs market, with new roles coming online daily and it’s good to see that our client base are continuing to hire all the way up to Christmas, with many roles still interviewing and offering for January starts.

We’re expecting the busy period to maintain through into the new year and encourage jobseekers to spend the break wisely, to apply for that new role!

In further news from November, we had a great time at METS, attending a number of exciting events and engaging with the international markets to onboard a number of new roles. We noted some great new innovations such as the ‘Startup’ and ‘Foiling’ pavilions and attended a number of talks both within METSTRADE and The Superyacht Forum. Take a look at my full show report below.

This closed out our show schedule for 2023 and we’re already busy planning for what we’ll be attending in 2024.

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

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ED | CEO |

Design and Engineering has continued to be busy with new roles coming online at a number of yards that span both commercial and superyacht, bringing a diverse role selection. We’ve made a number of placements for talented graduates too, showing our prowess at both ends of the experience spectrum. Looking forwards, we’ve exceptional opportunities in the Netherlands, Italy and the UK to recruit for into 2024.

Electrical Design Engineer – Liverpool
A challenging and exciting role for an experienced Electrical Engineer to work for a leading brand in commercial and defence craft building. Ideal for a maritime experienced candidate or someone looking to come across from the automotive world. Excellent career development potential!

To apply click here

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

Although the festive break is looming, the desk remains busy with a raft of technical roles covering operational, refit and new builds so I’d encourage any candidate with relevant experience in these fields to reach out. However, all positions are within the EU so interested candidates are invited to consider their personal working rights on the mainland before applying. Once Christmas is done, we will be looking at the start of the 2024 season and I anticipate a number of sales and charter opportunities in the run up to the Med season so if you are a candidate in either field considering your next move, please reach out to me in advance so we can be ready for new vacancies in these sectors.

Having been asked to assist with hiring projects in both family office and private household sectors. I’ll be branching out into both fields in 2024. Therefore, I’m inviting both clients and candidates to contact me directly for a discussion about how we can work together in 2024. Additionally, I’m interested in developing my networks in both the US and ME as I am seeing more career opportunities in both territories. Please drop me a line if you are hiring, or looking for a move, in either region. Happy Christmas!

Project Manager – Yacht Refit and New Build
I am currently seeking an experienced Yacht Captain to assume the position of Project Manager. The successful candidate will collaborate with Project Engineers in Italy and will be entrusted with the management of a fleet of yachts, overseeing both refit and new build projects.

The ideal candidate should possess an extensive understanding of regulatory frameworks, including IMO, MLC, MCA, class rules, flag rules, ISM, ISPS, PYC, SOLAS, etc. A minimum of 5 years of experience in the yachting industry is essential, accompanied by a Master 3000GT certification.

To apply click here 

CURTIS | Senior Recruitment Consultant – Skilled Trades |

As we come close to the end of 2023, we are wrapping up a few projects and looking into the new year and what exciting positions are on the horizon.

That is not to say there isn’t plenty of work still available during the Xmas/New Year period, if you want a change in 2024 – now is the perfect time to get in touch with SYR to discuss what the next step in your career will be.

We have urgent requirements for Laminators and Boat Builders on the south coast working on a range of yacht builds, open to contract or permanent applications.

Our customer base in Europe is also expanding and there are lots of exciting positions available for those eligible to live and work in the EU – check my job of the month for one such position I am currently working on.

I’d also like to say thank you to all the people I have dealt with during 2023 and wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Paint Manager – Europe
SYR is partnered with a fantastic European brand looking to make big steps forward in the Med market. As part of their growth plans, they seek a Paint Manager to drive the development of their Coatings Department.

The role will require extensive travel, so aside from being based in Europe with the ability to travel freely, your home base is not important. English language skills however are essential, and any other languages spoken are a bonus.

To apply click here

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!