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The OSCAR campaign (The Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children’s Health and Research) is an innovative fundraising partnership uniting the international shipping community to raise funds at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health (ICH).
Background of the OSCAR campaign
The campaign is the inspiration of Phil Parry, Chairman of Spinnaker, whose son Oscar received life-saving care at GOSH. Oscar had leukaemia twice and endured three transplants before being cured by some pioneering research.
Since its inception in 2011, the OSCAR campaign raised over £2million, helping to refurbish vital facilities at the hospital, and funding pioneering research into childhood cancers and immune diseases at GOSH and the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health.
One of the biggest fundraisers for the OSCAR Campaign is the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race, held in London every September. Find out more here: https://spinnaker-global.com/charity
“Thanks to a lot of great people in shipping, the OSCAR Campaign has raised more than £2 million to help advance the work of the leading children’s bone marrow transplant and cellular medicine experts.
The simplest way to describe what we fund is ‘lab bench to bedside’ medicine – treatments that weren’t available yesterday, which may save children’s lives today and go on to save more lives tomorrow from what we learn. That’s how Oscar himself was saved – the treatment pioneered on him is now routinely used to save others.
It’s incredible – we are now able to use patients’ own immune systems to target their cancers. It’s like taking off the cancer brakes and enabling patients’ cells to re-see the cancer. A new ‘OSCAR Research Fellow’ will develop this work. It needs to be rolled out for more diseases and constantly adapted to an evolving enemy.
OSCAR funds are crucial to this work. Without them, there would be no new research fellow and the Great Ormond Street BMT team’s ability to disseminate its work worldwide, train its team and learn from the work of others would be severely restricted.”
Phil Parry, OSCAR Chair
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Shorebased jobs from Spinnaker
Since 1997 we’ve been helping candidates in the shipping industry take the next step in their careers.
Our clients: shipowners, shipmanagers, brokers, energy and oil companies, operators, bunker traders, charterers, law firms, insurers, P&I clubs, consultants, commodity groups, ports and terminal operators, ship registries, maritime security companies, marine software providers and equipment manufacturers, technical service providers, professional bodies, ship agencies and classification societies.
At Spinnaker, we build relationships. For over 20 years we have established great connections with maritime people; individuals, companies, organisations and industry bodies. We get to know our candidates. We visit our clients. We provide our members with unique insights. We take our reputation very seriously, and we partner with some of the most respected names in the industry.
This means you can rest assured we spend the time to get to know you.
Maritime is our business. We know this industry inside out. Founded by shipping people, we’ve been immersed in the industry since we launched in the 90s. Whether it’s maritime law, P&I, operations, technical maritime, shipping finance or sales, we understand. Our team are talking to the decision makers within the industry every day, so are on top of the issues within shipping as they happen.
This means we totally understand you, your business and your market.
Since 1997 we have been building our global network. Our team travel the world to meet our clients, candidates and contacts in person. Our monthly HR and recruitment newsletter has a global readership of 40,000, our website receives healthy traffic as one of the largest online sources of shore-based shipping jobs, and we have a strong presence on social media. Wherever you are in the world, we’re connected.
This all means we have an unrivalled network that we can tap into for you.
Whether you’re a candidate applying for one of our roles or a business owner making a hire, we know how important company culture is in the recruitment process. There are different ways of understanding a business culture – like getting to know a client through regular communication, visiting the workplace and building a picture that we can promote to prospective new hires. We also offer team personality profiling so that the landscape of a business can be fully understood – where skills gaps lie and how different personalities can support and complement each other.
This means we are not only looking at skills and competencies of candidates, but we will be looking for that all important personality and culture fit for you.
Spinnaker are the specialists within a niche specialism – maritime. It’s our business to make sure we’re the experts within this ever-changing industry. It can be difficult to understand maritime unless you’re in it, this means that you’re in safe hands to help your business, whether it’s through recruitment, search, salary benchmarking or leadership training.
Spinnaker has long been a champion of diversity and inclusion within the shipping industry. Managing Director Teresa Peacock is on the board of WISTA UK, she is part of the Women in Maritime Taskforce, and sits on the All Party Parliamentary Group for Women and Work. Karen Waltham, Managing Director, is also part of the Women in Maritime Taskforce and has led significant research into the gender pay gap via our salary benchmarking. Spinnaker partners with Diversity & Ability (DnA) which supports cultural shifts in the workplace to allow everyone of all backgrounds and abilities to thrive. In 2019 Spinnaker was awarded Maritime UK’s Diversity Award.
So you know when it comes to diversity and inclusion we can confidently support you.
Since 2005 Spinnaker has been benchmarking global maritime salaries, ensuring best practice within the industry. Spinnaker is secretariat to two benchmarking associations; the Maritime HR Association for shore-based salaries, and the Seafarer Employers’ Association. With over 150 members involved, Spinnaker has access to truly unique data within the industry. Spinnaker has a team of data professionals who exclusively handle the salary data, distributing it to members and producing reports to comment on industry trends.
This means you have access to up to date information that is credible and reliable.
Trust & integrity
Spinnaker’s reputation has been built on a solid foundation of trust with our network. When we embark on a relationship with a new client, whether it’s for recruitment, search, salary benchmarking or our bespoke HR products, we pride ourselves on our reliability, discretion, and integrity. We’re dealing with potentially sensitive situations – perhaps we’re assisting with succession planning and need to execute the utmost subtlety, or we are handling large amounts of very confidential salary data. We have been a trusted partner for many of maritime’s most influential companies since 1997, and our reputation is something we take very seriously.
So, you can rest easy with confidence in our discretion.
We don’t just say the right words – we deliver. Some of our clients have used us to recruit their top talent for over twenty years. Our salary benchmarking members renew their memberships year after year. The feedback we get on our maritime people services are humbling and make us very proud of the work we do. The testimonials from our network speak for themselves.
So you know you are using a proven service.
Spinnaker can provide proactive alerts and intelligence on changes in the industry, and fast. We know who’s moving job within the market. With our salary data we can provide real-time intelligence. We screen candidates quickly and efficiently. Our recruitment consultants work in teams to ensure continuity and speed of service.
We’re fully tapped into the market, meaning you won’t get left behind.
At Spinnaker, we’re proud to support charities in our social activities. From bike rides to bake-offs, we can often be found fundraising for charities such as Sailors’ Society, Seafarers UK, Mission to Seafarers, Apostleship of the Sea, Alzheimer’s UK, and many more.
Spinnaker is also a supporter of the OSCAR (The Ocean and Shipping Community Advancing Children’s Health and Research) Campaign for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. Founded by Spinnaker Chairman Phil Parry, the OSCAR Campaign is named after Phil’s son Oscar, who received life-saving care from GOSH at a very young age.
Every September, Spinnaker hosts the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race in London, which brings together the shipping community to fundraise for the campaign. Since 2013, the OSCAR Dragon Boat Race has been a big date in the maritime social calendar, often bringing 500 industry people together to race on the Thames. In 2019 the 6th annual race raised £155,000 in a single day, bringing the total raised for the OSCAR Campaign to over £2million.
The money raised goes directly to live research into childhood cancers, helping saving the lives of other children just like Oscar. Find out more about the OSCAR Campaign at www.gosh.org/oscar.
Your CV is your personal advertisement. Together with a covering letter, it gives you an opportunity to sell yourself and impress a potential employer.
Always remember that the employer may have another 50 CVs in the in-tray. Lots of CVs don’t even get read because they are too long, too boring and badly laid out. You need to make your CV stand out from that pile. Make it easy to read!
The 7 golden rules for your CV
- Start with a summary
- Keep it short
- Keep it logical and include clear headings for the following sections:
- Employment history
- Education history/qualifications
- Languages – state whether basic, proficient or fluent
- Computer literacy
- Professional memberships and offices held
- Always check for spelling mistakes or grammatical errors
- Always include a short factual summary at the very beginning. This grabs the reader’s attention within the first 10 seconds of reading your CV. Don’t use clichés such as ‘I work well on my own and as part of a team’
- Your CV should be no more than 2 pages in length. Including every detail will take attention away from important information
- Lay out your CV neatly. Don’t use formatted boxes or tables – many employers have HR software that stores CV in plain text format. If you use tables, the text is often stored in the wrong order.
Spinnaker’s top 7 tips on job interviews:
- Do your homework
The one thing employers can’t stand is someone who turns up for interview without researching their company on their website and in any published documents such as annual reports and accounts.
- Read the job spec
Think about the tasks and responsibilities listed and then make a list of examples of achievements in your past (work and non-work) that prove your ability to do those tasks.
- Know who you’re meeting
Make sure you know who you will be meeting (it may be more than one person), their job titles and their relevance to the role you have applied for.
- Dress to impress
Dress smartly for the interview. Be conservative. Like it or not, books are judged by their cover! Look your best and show the interviewer that you’re the perfect fit for the organisation.
- Learn your CV
While it’s important to fully understand the job spec, it’s also essential to be able to explain what’s on your CV: why your experience is relevant, your work history, why you left previous jobs, what your ambitions are, and what you’re like as a person.
- Be interested
Be ready to ask questions about the company, the role, the working culture, and the career opportunities. You’re selling yourself, yes, but the employer is also selling the opportunity to you. Have some questions mapped out in advance and don’t be afraid to take notes with you so you don’t forget anything.
- Close the sale
Sell yourself! Talk about your achievements, and examples where you’ve performed well. Quote relevant numbers – profits made, budgets met, targets achieved and money saved. Give examples of how you’ve managed people if that’s relevant to you.
Spinnaker uses a unique personality profiling tool designed specifically for the modern workplace, bringing it to the maritime world. Unlike tests which put people into prescribed boxes, Facet5 measures people on the five facets of their personality.
The facets are:
- Will (determination, assertiveness, independence)
- Energy (enthusiasm, sociability, involvement)
- Affection (openness, sincerity, warmth, generosity)
- Control (structure, order, self-discipline)
- Emotionality (stress tolerance, confidence, emotional state)
The fifth facet, emotionality, can be especially insightful in maritime, an industry where people can be in high-pressure, potentially dangerous situations. Stress tolerance can be measured here, which addresses risk management. Although Facet5’s main factors are distinct sets of character traits, they are made up of a number of sub-facets, so an individual will be able to see how much of each of the factors and sub-factors are inherent in their personality.
Spinnaker offers Facet5 profiling at an individual level, but also can provide company-wide team reviews; once enough individuals within an organisation have been profiled, it becomes possible to pool their data and consider the behavioural patterns that may emerge. Imagine you could gain insight into how likely an organisation is to address conflict? Or to work together? Or support and trust each other?