Systems Technician – Thames

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Systems Technician - Thames

  • Post Date:26th May 2023
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Job Description

rnli logoSalary: £28,000 – £32,680 (dependent on experience + London Weighting Allowance)
Allowance: London (Inner) £3411
Vehicle: A vehicle will be made available to carry out your duties
Contract type: Permanent
Hours: Full Time
Location description: This role will be covering stations on the Thames
Interview date: To be confirmed
Closing Date: 22-06-2023
Reference: 15041
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Our purpose is simple, to save lives at sea and this is your opportunity to be part of a cutting-edge technical team at the RNLI in the South East area predominantly Covering stations on the River Thames. We are looking for an enthusiastic, self-motivated Systems Technician with mechanical knowledge who can work with full-time staff and volunteers to maintain some of the most prestigious and technologically advanced equipment at the RNLI.

Development and training will be provided to ensure your skills and knowledge can be utilised fully within the RNLI. We have a broad and interesting range of equipment needing to be supported and we welcome enquiries from suitably qualified technicians working within the following sectors.

Suitable candidates currently working within following industries.

  • Commercial/leisure Marine maintenance/service/repair
  • Construction equipment maintenance/service/repair
  • Heavy goods vehicle maintenance/service/repair
  • Agricultural equipment maintenance/service/repair
  • Car/Van maintenance/service/repair
  • Military equipment maintenance/service/repair

Some of the benefits

  • Salary £28,000 – £32,608 (dependent on experience)
  • Inner London Weighting Allowance
  • Tools are also provided.
  • A vehicle will be made available for you to carry out your duties
  • 26 days’ annual leave plus Bank Holidays
  • Outstanding pension scheme (contributions of up to 16% of basic salary)
  • Life assurance
  • Health and dental cash plan
  • Training on specific equipment and development opportunities provided

Your Role

You will become part of a unique, diligent and professional team working along side the Thames Systems Engineer predominately covering our stations on the Thames. You would be working predominantly out of our shared facility with the Metropolitan Police in Wapping, and alongside our Lifeboat Station Mechanics, Lifeguards, Contractors, and other technical staff to carry out planned maintenance, fault diagnosis and defect repair on mechanical and electrical equipment across the South East Region.

Part of your duties as a Systems Technician will include trials of existing and repaired equipment so you will need to possess and demonstrate an excellent mechanical knowledge and show understanding of basic electrics.

You should have a desire to stay current in the use of existing technology and a willingness to learn and be involved in the roll out and assessment of new equipment which is constantly changing within the RNLI’s search and rescue assets.

About You

Due to the specific locations covered in this job you will ideally live within the London area but this is not essential.

Ideally you should have a strong background working in the marine industry and be conversant with Volvo Penta Models and Hamilton Jet maintenance, however training can be given on this to the right candidate.

This post requires a valid driving licence.

As this is a sea-going appointment, you will need to satisfy the institution’s medical and eyesight standards.


The RNLI is committed to safeguarding; ensuring the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk. We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment and have a zero tolerance approach to proven incidents of bullying, abuse, harassment or exploitation. The suitability of all prospective employees and volunteers will be assessed during the recruitment process in line with this commitment. This will include relevant criminal record checks being carried out dependent on the eligibility of the role. (England & Wales; DBS check, Scotland; Disclosure Scotland PVG, Northern Ireland; Access NI, Republic of Ireland; Garda Vetting; International, International Child Protection Certificate process).

Diversity at the RNLI

Our staff and volunteers have been saving lives at sea without prejudice for nearly 200 years. We respect and value diversity of background, skills and perspectives within our teams, and consider it essential to help us deliver a world-class lifesaving service. We are an inclusive organisation and welcome applications from everyone. In addition to having the skills needed for the role, we also look for applicants who share our commitment to living our RNLI values (trustworthy, courageous, selfless, and dependable), and helping us work towards Our Vision: To save Every One.