Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking to recruit into Orcina's consultancy group. If, after consideration of what's written below, you feel qualified, then please apply by email, attaching your CV, to recruitment@orcina.com. Please also include an explanation of what attracts you to the job and why you think you are suitable. For further information or an informal discussion, call Gill McKinnon on +44 (0)1229 584 742. Strictly no agencies.

1. The Vacancy

Requirements

Candidates should have at least the following skills and strengths:

  • a sound technical background as evidenced by a good honours, or higher, degree in a predominantly numerate subject;
  • a strong analytical ability and a sound understanding of basic engineering principles, ideally in the areas of stress analysis and hydrodynamics;
  • an enquiring mind, along with attention to detail and a strong desire to fully understand technical issues;
  • clarity of thought together with excellent written and oral communication skills, and a confident outgoing manner consistent with the group's customer liaison activities;
  • candidates with work experience should have a demonstrably strong and successful track record in both numerical analysis and associated client-liaison activities.
In summary, candidates with a liking for, and aptitude in, numerical analysis are best-suited to our type of work. For this reason we welcome applications from those with a background in mathematics or physics as well as from those with a background in engineering.

Experience in the offshore oil and gas sector is clearly an advantage, although the right skill set (see above) is more important still.

All our consultants undertake a reasonable amount of UK and international travel. Successful candidates will be expected to fully participate in this in order to properly support the activities of the group.

Induction

As part of an informal induction programme, new employees are mentored from the start by an experienced member of staff.

Typically a new employee would begin by undertaking supervised technical support for our software clients, this being an effective way of introducing the wide range of models and the problems experienced by users. If we have suitable analysis projects in-hand, a new employee might also undertake supervised work on these.

The delivery of software training courses is a key aspect of our work. After a graduated introduction, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in the delivery of these courses.

Experience with technical support and training courses provides the natural background for a new employee then to participate in the company's marketing activities. This is undertaken, initially, alongside other members of staff.

The successful candidate will be expected to move rapidly through the induction program so as to contribute on all these fronts.

Benefits

Orcina offers a competitive salary and a discretionary bonus system. We run a Group Personal Pension scheme open to all, where individual contributions are bolstered by the company through the 'salary sacrifice' mechanism.

Although not contractually obliged to do so, Orcina runs a death-in-service (group life) scheme and an income protection scheme for its employees.

We pride ourselves on having a friendly, flexible, informal working atmosphere, believing this to be conducive to achieving the technical excellence which underpins the success of our firm.

2. The Company

Orcina is a small software and engineering company supplying dynamic analysis software principally to the offshore industry, although we also serve clients in the defence and renewable sectors. The company has been trading for over 25 years and has grown steadily during that time.

We have a strong reputation in our market for technical excellence and first class timely and friendly client support. We are committed to ensuring that these remain at the core of the service we offer.

Our major activity, and the focus of the business, is in developing, selling, maintaining and supporting our main product which is a program called OrcaFlex. This software is used throughout the world to model the dynamics of offshore systems, including risers, moorings, towed systems and installation activity. In addition we supply two specific-purpose analysis programs, OrcaLay and OrcaBend. OrcaLay is used to analyse pipelay operations and OrcaBend to design elastomeric bend stiffeners. You can find out more on these products from our website.

Broadly speaking the company identifies three main internal functions - software & technology, administration (including marketing) and consultancy. We don't have rigid distinctions between them, so in principle all staff can contribute effort to these functions. However, in practice, skill sets and aptitude usually mean that staff focus only in one or two areas.

Those on the software & technology side write and publish the programs, dealing with development of the user interface, ease-of-use functionality and the mathematical models used in the software.

The administration group deals with accounts, software dispatch and licensing, and internal IT support. They also provide the marketing framework for the company's products and services.

Despite its name, the main activity of those contributing to the consultancy function is to support and train clients in the use of our software, and to market our products. A small amount of consultancy analysis work for external clients occurs but this is reducing as a proportion of all activity.

3. The Consultancy Group

The consultancy group currently has staff with varied backgrounds including aeronautical engineering, marine hydrodynamics, bend stiffener manufacture, armaments, subsea connectors, stress analysis and heat transfer. All have gained considerable experience of offshore system dynamics and related fields during their time at Orcina. The work of the group falls into four main areas: software support, analysis projects, training and marketing. All members of the consultancy group assist in these activities.

Software support forms the largest single part of the group's work and is, by its very nature, unpredictable both in terms of quantity and content. Support work often entails working on complex and challenging models which by their nature are not 'routine'. We also undertake a limited number of, usually small, analysis projects. These are commercial projects using OrcaFlex for clients who may, or may not, be users of our software.

Training our clients to use our programs is an important part of the group's work; it is vital that users of our software know how to use it properly and efficiently. We offer training which is open to all comers, as well as client specific training, which takes place in either the client's office or our own. This year we will give courses in the US, China, India, Norway, Brazil, SE Asia, Australia and France, as well as the UK. In some locations we provide several courses a year.

Clearly all companies need to market their products, and we put considerable effort into marketing our software. This usually means manning exhibition stands at conferences or trade shows, or direct 'marketing' visits to existing and potential customers. Where these activities take place outside the UK, we may be supported by our local agents, who assist us in the US, Brazil, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, China, India and the Middle East. Supporting the marketing effort is a significant demand on the resources of the consultancy group.

4. The Location

Orcina's office is a purpose-built modern office on the edge of the small market town of Ulverston, Cumbria, located on the south-west fringe of the Lake District. We are 30 minutes from junction 36 of the M6 motorway and two hours from Manchester airport by either car or train. Existing members of staff live in or around Ulverston within easy commuting distance. The location suits those who enjoy outdoor activities and in particular the opportunities afforded by having the Lake District National Park on our doorstep.