Bench Joiner - Team Leader

Oyster Yachts - Hythe

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Built on the foundation of over 20 million blue-water sailing miles and 75 circumnavigations, we pride ourselves on putting people first. As a growing business, we enable our employees to take ownership of their work and to be the best at what they do. Are you passionate about taking responsibility and having the ability to make a difference?

An opportunity has arisen for a dynamic and proactive individual to assist the Boat Build Manager in the joinery department ensuring the smooth running of the workshop. You will lead the team of employees and ensure that the construction of the joinery is maintained to the required Oyster standard.

The Bench Joiner Team Leader will report directly to the Boat Build Manager in Hythe

Main Responsibilities of the Bench Joiner Team Leader Role

  • Oversee the day to day running of the workshop.
  • Ensure joinery produced is in line with drawings, work instructions and Oyster quality standards.
  • Working closely with other departments to resolve any issues that arise to ensure the smooth running of the workshop.
  • Identify areas for improvement that will increase efficiency or product design.
  • Lead daily team briefings, communicating progress, priorities, and toolbox talks.
  • Monitor departmental KPIs and take corrective areas where required ensuring on-time delivery.
  • Provide training support and guidance to the joinery team, supporting management in putting in place personal development plans and reviews.
  • Be actively involved with the performance reviews of all team members in conjunction with the Boat Build Manager. Provide accurate feedback and continually identify possible areas of improvement.
  • Maintain a clean and safe working area in-line with 6S standards.

The Person


  • Robust boatbuilding construction knowledge.
  • Relevant City & Guilds Qualification or equivalent.
  • Excellent communication skills as well as ability to be self-motivated to keep up to date with new technologies.
  • Ability to work on own initiative.
  • Proven track record of motivating and developing others.


  • Experience of managing a fast-paced department.
  • Health and Safety qualified.
  • Knowledge of 6S and lean principles.
  • Previous experience of working with Oyster Yachts.

This job description is indicative of the range of current duties and responsibilities for the post, it is not comprehensive. It is inevitable that the duties will change to reflect organisational change and it is essential therefore that it is regarded with a degree of flexibility, so that changing needs and circumstances can be met.  All changes will be discussed with the post holder.

If you are interested in applying for this role, please contact the HR team at [email protected]