Composites Team Leader

Oyster Yachts - Hythe

1 Oyster 885 90 Foot Sailing Yacht Cruising v2

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?

The Composite Team Leader will report to the Head of Production, based at our facility in Hythe.

Principle Job Responsibilities

The Composite Team Leader is responsible for supporting the management team / business to ensure the smooth running of the composite teams within the workshop. The post holder will lead a team of employees and ensure that the composite work is carried out to the required Oyster standard.

General Requirements of the Role 

  • Ensure a positive Health & Safety culture exists with no exceptions. You must be consistent and sustained in your approach, following the company Health & Safety guidelines, being proactive in promoting the use of safe working practices
  • Support management and production teams to create a feasible schedule for your product line
  • Work to agreed schedule, ensuring the product line remains on time vs allocated budget hours, track progress daily against the task lists and report any deviation from the budgeted hours
  • Provide suggestions for a catch back plan if the schedule was to slip
  • Provide feedback by completing DCR in the case of drawing issues
  • Lead the composite team in compliance with Oyster’s policy and procedures, predominantly in relation to Code of Conduct, H&S, Oyster Work Instructions, Quality and Performance Management and Development
  • Carry out employee development and performance management activities
  • Improve productivity and quality, encouraging ideas from the team as well as communicating progress of such improvements
  • Coach junior members of the team, following up on their training and development, provide updates to the OCT management team on their progress
  • Ensure accurate completion of documentation relating to production & quality for the product line
  • Take responsibility for overall cleanliness and organisation within your work bay
  • Oversee the work completed by all staff on your product line
  • Carry out staff management, such as return to work and performance & absence management

The Person


  • Lead by example - maintaining a positive “can do” attitude, acting as a brand ambassador
  • Robust Composite knowledge and hands on experience including infusion
  • Able to make decisions and follow through with them
  • Excellent communication skills, as well as the ability to motivate yourself and the team to keep up to date with new technologies
  • Proven track record of motivating and developing others
  • Ability to read and understand technical drawings


  • Experience of directing and motivating a team in a fast-paced facility
  • Previous experience of working with Oyster Yachts

Key Performance Indicators

  • Consistently reduce time spent in the overall production of your line
  • Reduce the amount of rework required on your production line
  • Maintain a clean and organized workspace using Lean/SS tools

Key Responsibilities

  • Daily completion of Build Logs and Job Cards (as well as other associated documentation)
  • Ensure that all required materials, items and assets are in place for the successful build of your product line, ensuring that purchase requisitions are completed as required
  • Preform quality inspections to ensure all parts of the product line conform to Oyster quality standards
  • Complete DCR and other quality related documents
  • Maintain and manage HSE on your line and within the workshop
  • Manage your teams direct HR requirements such as timesheets, back to work interviews and holiday requests
  • Ensure your work bay is Clean, Clear and Organized (using 5S and Lean Techniques)

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]