Welcome from Claire Tobijanski, Group HR Director 

At Survitec, we recognise that to be the best at what we do, we need the best people. My team and I strive to make Survitec the best possible place to work. This means attracting the best talent; providing training and development opportunities so colleagues can grow in their careers with us; rewarding our people for going the extra mile and living our values; and building an inclusive culture - where everyone thrives and feels empowered to be their best self.

I joined Survitec over seven years ago as the HR Manager for our Birkenhead site and during my time with the organisation, I have had the pleasure to work in a variety of different roles. The very best thing about my job is the people that I work with. Every day our people come to work, whether in that’s in HR, Finance, Manufacturing, Engineering or Sales, motivated by the same purpose; we all play a part in protecting the lives of our customers.

I want everyone to have a long-lasting and fulfilling career with Survitec and my role is to ensure that every single person is given the opportunity to learn, develop, progress, be recognised and feel proud to work here. Nothing gives me more pleasure than when I speak to colleagues who have joined Survitec when they first left school and 50 years later are still delighted to work here. 

But don’t just take my word for it . . .

CLaire Tobijanski

 


Continuing the legacy

Survitec, then known as RFD, was founded by Reginald Foster Dagnall in 1920 in a garden shed. Little did he know the legacy he was about to create. RFD was fundamental in creating solutions such as the world’s first inflatable liferaft and the world’s first marine evacuation system. For the past 100 years, our people have been at the forefront of delivering innovative solutions that keep our customers safe. Join us and be part of the Survitec legacy.

Meet our team

 

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Anna Arnold, Customer Quality Coordinator, Survitec Birkenhead

QHSE

I joined Survitec over 5 years ago as a Business Admin Apprentice and was quickly offered a permanent position as a Design Administrator where I learned about the products we manufacture, and the design and validation processes involved to ensure our products are safe and high quality.

An opportunity then arose in the Quality department and I was offered the position of Customer Quality Coordinator, serving as the single point of contact for all complaints received from customers regarding product and process issues. This means that I am responsible for handling and expediting each complaint until we have reached the best resolution for the customer. I have always been interested in Quality and being in this role has made me realise that this is the career path I want to pursue. 

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Tony Brown, Project Engineer, Survitec Dunmurry

Engineering

I joined Survitec over 2 years ago straight from university as a Graduate Project Engineer. I wanted to work here because it provided me with the ideal combination of working in both design and hands-on testing. I felt that the opportunity to combine my MEng in Mechanical Engineering with my passion for the sea was unmissable. Since joining the technical team, I have spent most of my time working with and leading the design, development and qualification for a range of new aerospace products.

The best part of my job is getting stuck into the practical testing of new products and ensuring they perform as intended. It normally gets me out on the water, and I get a real feel for customer design requirement to ensure we have the best products on the market.

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Joyce Smith, Manufacture Supervisor, Survitec Peterhead

Manufacturing

I joined Survitec just over 23 years ago as a sewing machinist. During my time with the company, I have held various roles including training machinists - both in the UK and overseas. Getting visit so many different places to train my colleagues is a perk of the job. 

The best thing about working at Survitec though has to be the people. I love being part of a team and working with colleagues that have a great attitude to the job at hand (which my team members do). I also love seeing a product go through the manufacturing process, from start to finish, at such a high standard. The icing on the cake is then of course seeing the end product going out to the customer.

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Annie Chew, Senior Personal Assistant, Survitec Singapore

Administration

I have been with Survitec for over 20 years.  As the Senior Personal Assistant to the SEA Managing Director, my role includes supporting the regional team, organising local conferences, exhibitions and tours, preparing internal memos and forms and managing the local team’s calendars for new meetings and appointments. 

I was attracted to the role because of a variety of reasons, including the location and the job scope. I’ve had many memorable experiences in my last two decades here but working with my team and meeting colleagues from across the business has been a consistent highlight. We work hard, play hard and work as a team. 20 years later, I can say that it’s still a lot of fun.

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