Head of Production - Oyster Composite Technologies

Oyster Yacht Close-Up

The Business

Oyster has a worldwide reputation as a leading builder of quality cruising yachts and has a global footprint through its sales, offices and activities. The Company produces yachts from its UK sites, in Southampton Hampshire and Wroxham Norfolk and has support offices in Palma Mallorca and the US. Oyster provides full life support with refit, after sales and technical support together with new and used yacht sales.


Company Values


Focus on being the best and constantly getting better.


Caring deeply, taking accountability, and being proud in what we do.


Always doing the right thing, being respectful, and keeping promises.


Being one team with heart, supporting each other and having fun together.


The Contract:

Job Title

Head of Production Oyster Composite Technologies

Reports To

Chief Operating Officer




40 Hours


Ashmanhaugh, Norfolk

The Role:

To manage Oyster Composites Technology facility in Ashmanhaugh Norfolk and to be the composite expert across the Oyster Group.

 Main Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for the supply, scheduling, quality control and transportation of mouldings to Oyster’s shipyards in Norfolk and Hampshire.
  • Strategic planning for the supply and delivery of main and ancillary mouldings.
  • Ensure that the composite facility operates to the highest quality standard and to Lloyds and DNV/GL accredited standards at all times.
  • Ensure the Ashmanhaugh facility is maintained to world class standards by utilisation of 6S principles and lean manufacturing techniques.
  • Responsibility for cost and delivery of the moulding facility and main mould tools.
  • Effective problem solving to improve quality, cost and delivery of the mouldings.
  • Feedback to the Design Team on changes and ideas to reduce the overall cost / mould cycle time of each model, this to include materials selection.
  • Work closely with Production management to ensure schedule adherence for boats in plan.
  • Partner and collaborate with Group Supply Chain to ensure that delivery requirements (all materials) are planned and communicated.
  • Comprehensive line management of Composite leads/supervisors involving regular 1:1s, feedback on performance and identification of training needs, where appropriate.
  • Ensure Health and Safety policies are acceptable and adhered to by our employees and visitors to protect their safety.


  • Extensive knowledge of composites in both wet laminations and infusion
  • In-depth knowledge of Infusion technology
  • Detailed understanding of Engineering drawings
  • Health and Safety legislation application in Production facility and specifically for mouldings
  • Working knowledge of NX design software (desirable) and AutoCAD design


  • Strong communicator with Production Team and Senior Management
  • Ability to influence and collaborate across sites and functions


  • Management of moulding facility with a proven track record of leading and developing teams
  • Experience of working to specific standards i.e. requirements of ISO14001 environment standard
  • Proven track record of delivering against KPIs, specifically output quality and on time delivery
  • Supplier and contractor management


  • BEng Composites Materials
  • Infusion technology specific qualification/certification

 Personal Characteristics

  • Intricate eye for detail
  • Methodical approach to work
  • Motivational manager/leader
  • Results driven

 Other Requirements

  • Driving license
  • Able to travel between sites – on average once a month

 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 our HR department at [email protected]