View From The Desk – February

  • Posted February 16, 2023

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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!