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Job Opportunity: Suunto UK Seeks Operations Manager

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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

Benefits

Excellent remuneration package including benefits and performance based bonus schemes.

Think you can manage this? Apply now by sending your CV to info@suuntodm.co.uk

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.

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Diving below the waves of the Western Cape, South Africa – Long Beach at night (Watch Video)

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Head under the waves of False Bay and explore the incredible diversity that is found along the Western Cape. The bay has popular dive spots from diving amongst the biodiverse underwater kelp forests to jumping in with the playful and friendly cape fur sealions (Arctocephalus pusillus). The bay along with the rest of the South Africa coast is known for the range of shark species that are found from the shallow coastal shores out into the open oceans. The coast is also home to numerous endemic shark species such as puffadder shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) and Pyjama shark.

Longbeach is a shallow shore dive close to the coastal town of Simonstown on the Western Cape. The dive is mainly made up of diving across the sand with a few wreckages, rocks and outcrops where there’s algae growing. A pipeline can be found at the site which provides locations for species such as Pyjama Sharks (Poroderma africanum) and octopus (Octopus vulgaris) to shelter. Diving at night at the site provides the opportunity to see species that are more often hidden during the day such as cape Squid (Loligo reynaudii) and Biscuit Skate (Raja straeleni). Other shark species such as the small Puff Adder Shyshark (Haploblepharus edwardsii) are also occasionally seen at the site.

Diving with the local dive club – Cape Town Dive Centre.


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Book Review – The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe (2007)

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It was the height of the Cold War. The Soviet Cruiser Ordzhonikidz, supported by two destroyers, had brought Soviet leaders Khruschev and Bulganin to Britain for sensitive meetings with the British Government. The ships were moored in Portsmouth harbour and the Prime Minister, Sir Anthony Eden, had expressly forbidden any clandestine inspection of them. However, on the morning of 19th April 1956 Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabbe, an experienced naval diver, slipped into the cold waters of Portsmouth harbour. His top secret mission was to photograph the hull, propellers and rudder of the Ordzhonikidze. He was never seen alive again.

A badly decomposed body, with head and hands missing, was discovered by fishermen in Chichester harbour months later. It was claimed to be the missing body of Buster Crabbe – but many had doubts. The incident marked the start of a controversy that claimed the posts of several high ranking naval, government and intelligence service personnel. The author of The Final Dive, Don Hale, claims it is one that still rages and which may not be resolved even when secret government files are released in 2057.

Don Hale, an acknowledged campaigning journalist and former Journalist of the Year brings all his experience and skill to unravelling this longstanding scandal. He has drawn upon official reports and private letters, statements from government representatives, fellow officers and friends to piece together Buster’s life and events leading to his disappearance and subsequent investigation. He speaks of “inquiries blocked by intrigue, constant cover-ups and government bureaucracy coupled with threats relating to the Official Secrets Act” (p. xi). If you like reading about subterfuge on a grand scale you will enjoy The Final Dive.

Don Hale’s meticulous account of the life of Buster Crabbe is supported by dozens of black and white photos and extracts from numerous official documents. It reveals how an amazing series of civilian jobs, wartime activities and friendships with high ranking government officials, British intelligence officers, American CIA operatives. . . and now known spies, prepared him for his final dive and perhaps his fate. One of Crabbe’s acquaintances was the author Ian Fleming – of James Bond fame. Indeed, it is suggested that Fleming based the character of 007 on Buster Crabbe. After reading of his exploits, both before WWII, his bomb disposal work during the war, and afterwards it is easy to see why. Certainly, those who worked with Buster Crabbe “all agree he was fearless.” (p.59). After reading of his exploits one wonders if he was too fearless.

In the later stage of Buster’s life, prior to his disappearance, Don Hall recounts “a constant merry-go-round of overseas assignments” (p. 118) for Crabbe and how he “began to receive increasingly hazardous commissions” (p. 136). It culminated in the morning dive in Portsmouth harbour. Hale’s forsensic-like account of the events surrounding the final dive and aftermath reveals absolute panic and bungling behind the scenes as official answers conflict with known facts. He describes how “The whole incident still seems bathed in secrecy, with the true facts deliberately buried in bureaucracy, and supported at the highest level by an incredible cover-up operation”.(p. 205).

A final comment by Don Hale adds to the intrigue. He states “The only part of the Crabbe puzzle about which I am not certain is not who sent him – we know the answer to that – but why on earth he was he sent, possibly at considerable risk?” (p. 248). After reading The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe you will no doubt have your own ideas.


The Final Dive: The Life and Death of ‘Buster’ Crabbe (2007)

  • By Don Hale
  • Stroud: Sutton Publishing
  • ISBN 978 0 7509 4574 5
  • 260 pp

Don Hale was a professional footballer before becoming editor of several regional newspapers. He has received numerous national and international awards for investigative journalism including Journalist of the Year. In 2002 he was awarded an OBE for his campaigning journalism in the Stephen Downing miscarriage of justice case. He has championed several others who have been wrongly convicted.

His other books include Town without Pity (2002), Murder in the Graveyard (2019) and Mallard: How the ‘Blue Steak’ Broke the World Speed Record (2019).


Find out more about Professor Fred Lockwood, who is also a published author, at www.fredlockwood.co.uk.

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