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From Apprentice to Operations Manager

Name:        Jamie Campbell

Position:   Operations Manager

Site:            Environmental Services, Aberdeen


How long have you worked for Briggs Marine?

I started working for Briggs as an Apprentice Plant Mechanic/ Oil Spill Operator in Aberdeen in August 1999 – so a long time!  During my four-year apprenticeship I attended college, it was great to have the combination of practical and academic learning when I first started.

Since then I have worked my way through the ranks and I'm now Operations Manager of the Environmental Services Division.

What does your role involve day to day?

Although based in Aberdeen, I split my time between there and our Burntisland site.  Day to day I am responsible for the management and co-ordination of the Spill Response Base in Aberdeen.  I also oversee health & safety, recruitment, and the training and development of the oil spill response staff at our Aberdeen and Burntisland sites. 

Liaising with Clients and generating new business opportunities, alongside providing technical and operational input in the preparation of tenders, quotes, ongoing and planned response operations is also part of my role.

What challenges do you face in your role?

By the nature of our work in emergency response you never know where or when you might end up so planning work can be a challenge, the role can be a juggle sometimes, but I live by the motto “make a plan then change it”.

Timelines for planning and tenders can be quite tough again due to the emergency side of things, I could be working in my office one minute then the next heading for a flight to respond to an oil spill in Australia.   Flexibility is the key as is a great core team who support one another.

What do you enjoy about your work?

Every job we do is different, one day we can be 4,000ft above sea level on snow-capped mountain tops recovering oil from a crashed fighter jet and then the next day we could be salvaging a ship 20m below sea level. The environments we work in can be quite harsh at times so the job keeps you on your toes and does challenge you daily. There's never a dull day in oil spill response!

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I like to spend as much time as possible with my two children whether it be out for long walks, taking them to the park or having them work alongside me refurbishing off-road buggies and quad bikes, which is a hobby I enjoy.  I also like to work out at the gym or go for a 5k run if the weather is nice.