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Job Opportunity: Suunto UK Seeks Operations Manager



Suunto Diving UK are recruiting for a new Ops Manager to be located in Alton, Hampshire.

Scheduled Hours: Full Time, Monday – Friday plus weekend event cover

Salary: Dependent on Experience

Are you an experienced Operations Manager who has a passion for delivering excellent customer service within a sales and distribution centre? Are you looking for an exciting new challenge to exert your skills and expertise? If so then Suunto Diving UK would love to hear from you.

Role and Core Responsibilities

scuba diving job, recruitment, Suunto Diving UK, Operations Manager, Ryan Crawford, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, diving vacancy, As our operations manager, you would be based on a permanent basis at our Alton, Hampshire sales and distribution centre.

Reporting to the Business Manager you will manage the daily operations of the business ensuring all sales support, distribution and customer service tasks are carried out in an efficient and timely manner. You will also be responsible for ensuring that future demands of the business are considered and will implement changes to meet these.

You will understand the importance of communication and can motivate a small team ensuring customer needs are met and exceeded whilst striving to improve best practice. You will lead by example and are not be afraid to roll up your sleeves and join in all for aspects of the business. You must have a keen eye for detail whilst being able to see the bigger picture to ensure all departments work closely together.

You must be a confident trouble-shooter and manage challenges that arise on a daily basis. You will take the lead with the implementation, sustaining and reporting of KPIs to not only guide all team members, but continually motivate them and ensure that company values are maintained.

You will have experience in inventory management and forecasting/purchasing ensuring that stock is controlled to provide best return on investment. You will be a strong communicator liaising with the internal sales team, Head office staff and trade customers to implement the forecast and for any promotional sales.

You will be responsible for the facilities, infrastructure and health and safety of the site ensuring that all functions can be carried out seamlessly ensuring the wellbeing of staff.

scuba diving job, recruitment, Suunto Diving UK, Operations Manager, Ryan Crawford, Rosemary E Lunn, Roz Lunn, The Underwater Marketing Company, diving vacancy,

Experience and Qualifications

  • Batchelor degree level qualification, ideally in business administration or a similar management qualification (Other qualifications/experience to be considered for the correct candidate)
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience within an operations role with a strong understanding of sales and distribution
  • Team leadership
  • Have previously worked in a customer service related field
  • Inventory control and forecasting/purchasing
  • Health and Safety management
  • Scuba diving qualifications would be an advantage
  • Sage 50 Accounts experience would be a strong advantage

Important qualities

  • Be self-motivated and able to work under own initiative
  • Be self-confident and possess strong leadership skills
  • The ability to troubleshoot
  • Maintain a methodical and organised approach to working
  • Good time management skills
  • Have a good business judgement and initiative to make decisive decisions


Excellent remuneration package including benefits and performance based bonus schemes.

Think you can manage this? Apply now by sending your CV to

About Suunto Diving UK

Part of the Amer Sports group, Suunto Diving UK are the UK and Irish distributor for the scuba diving product range manufactured by our parent company. We provide sales, distribution and after sales support to all our customers both in the diving trade and end consumers.

Hear more from Roz at The Underwater Marketing Company Blog.

Roz is the Founder of The Underwater Marketing Company, Co-founder of EUROTEK, and established TEKDiveUSA. She is a PADI IDC Staff Instructor, a BSAC Advanced Instructor, and a rebreather and Trimix diver. Before moving into the PR field she worked as a full time recreational instructor in the UK and abroad, on History Channel and National Geographic documentaries, as a safety diver, and modelled underwater.


Photo Gallery: Dive Fest Barbados



In our Gallery feature, we let the photos tell the story… Each Gallery showcases a selection of outstanding images on a chosen theme, taken by our Underwater Photography Editor Nick and Deputy Editor Caroline of Frogfish Photography. This time they reflect on their visits to the Caribbean Island of Barbados for the annual Dive Fest celebrations.

Dive Fest Barbados is a week of celebrating the marine life, diving and snorkeling this idyllic island has to offer. There are activities organised each day for all those that attend that include wreck diving, marine conservation, learning to dive, snorkeling and one an unusual dive for us – riding a submarine to the bottom of the Caribbean Sea! Dive Fest Barbados allows divers to get the very best out of a trip here, with plenty of diving, but also to sample the unique atmosphere, mouth-watering food and drink, stunning scenery and beautiful beaches.

For more images from Barbados and around the world, visit the Frogfish Photography website by clicking here.

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Marine Life & Conservation

Video Series: The CCMI Reef Lectures – Part 4 (Watch Video)



Introduced by Jeff Goodman

Never before since human beings have had major influence over our earths climate and environments, have we come to so close to the brink of global disaster for our seas and marine life. We need to act now if we are not going to crash headlong into irreversible scenarios.

A good start to this is understanding how the marine environment works and what it means to our own continued survival. We can only do this by listening and talking to those with the experience and knowledge to guide us in the right direction.

CCMI (Central Caribbean Marine Institute) are hosting an annual Reef Lecture series that is open to the general public and Scubaverse will be sharing those lectures over the coming months.

Part 4: Stop Whining! Life as an Ocean Ambassador; Ellen Cuylaerts

Ellen Cuylaerts shares her insights on how to act, practice what you preach and use your voice to contribute to constructive change. Ellen is a wildlife and underwater photographer and chooses to take images of subjects that are hard to encounter like harp seal pups, polar bears, orcas, beluga whales and sharks, to name a few. By telling the stories about their environment and the challenges they face, she raises awareness about the effect of climate change on arctic species, the cruel act of shark finning and keeping marine mammals in captivity.

During this seminar, Ellen will take you on a virtual trip and show you the stories behind the shots: how to get there, how to prepare, how to create the most chances to come home with a shot, and how to never give up!

Ellen Cuylaerts is an ocean advocate, underwater & wildlife photographer, explorer, and public speaker.

For more information about the CCMI click here.

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Sharks Bay Umbi Diving Village is a Bedouin-owned resort with stunning views and a lovely private beach. It is ideal for divers as everything is onsite including the resort's jetty, dive centre and house reef. The warm hospitality makes for a diving holiday like no other. There is an excellent seafood restaurent and beach bar onsite, and with the enormous diversity of the Sharm El Sheikh dive sites and the surrounding areas of the South Sinai, there really is something for every level of diver to enjoy.

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