Job vacancy: Carpenter

Position title

Carpenter: high-end skilled carpenter/joiner/cabinet maker/shop or bar fitter, etc. 


Based in Dunbar, East Lothian, UK (EU citizens only), but extensive travel possible, including overseas

Job type

Negotiable: contractor preferred or employee/full/part time position (standard business hours or subject to negotiation)


Subject to qualifications and experience, ranging £25,000 – £30,000 (pro rata, if part time)

Start date


Key responsibilities

This role requires a high-end skilled carpenter/joiner/cabinet maker/shop or bar fitter, to work alongside our Estate Manager and Engineer. This position will involve custom design and construction for a diverse range of projects, such as, inter alia, fitting out kitchens, building extensions, using expert knowledge to source the requisite combination of off-the-shelf and/or locally sourced (and potential recycling of) timber and materials. Each commission must be project-specific and unique, representing character of the building, carefully considering and incorporating design elements linked to the client’s life and personal experiences. Much of the furniture must be constructed to last a lifetime, as opposed to mass produced, disposable furniture. Melamine and medium-density fibreboard (MDF) are dirty words in this job. Work includes primarily high-end carpentry/joinery design and execution, but also lesser tasks such as painting, fitting locks, and all other aspects of being a carpenter/joiner. Headquarters are at the OSC Dunbar head office and warehouse, but travel to the OSC Aberdeen site, and also at multiple sites and buildings located within a 10 km radius of Dunbar, comprising roughly 18 acres of both private and industrial grounds and buildings, potentially working on OSC’s vessel based down in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, and joinery maintenance of a second, smaller vessel based at the Dunbar office. Duties include, but are not limited to:


  • Design, sourcing, and execution of all manner of wood and other materials for buildings and vessels;
  • Storage facilities in a loft conversion;
  • Plastering/painting after jobs are finished;
  • Assembly of pre-existing (no-bespoke furniture) as and when required (the only time MDF may apply…);
  • Sourcing, purchase, basic maintenance & repair of tools;
  • Potential work on a ship in Liverpool and an inshore work boat (based at the head-office in Dunbar);
  • Bespoke design of all aspects of carpentry/joinery for plethora high-end properties, such as kitchens, bedrooms, hallways, studies, libraries, swimming pools, steam rooms, etc; and,
  • Overnight, and potential extended periods away from home, including overseas (repeated again, just in case you missed that part).


  • Keep order of all estate records – this is to include plans, operating and instruction manuals, permits, and maintenance schedules;
  • Inspection of properties and grounds to identify defects and appropriate remedies;
  • Uphold health and safety matters relating to security, fire and testing;
  • Monitoring and supervision of any external contractors on site;
  • Key holding;
  • Co-ordination and carrying out of minor repairs;
  • Managing and effective monitoring of budgets;
  • Obtaining quotes from external contractors to undertake necessary third-party work (if not able to perform in-house);
  • Inspection of completed works of external contractors;
  • Day-to-day carpentry/joinery-related expenditure and liaising with admin/science staff;
  • Keeping workstations tidy and safe;
  • Stock and quality control of tools;
  • Keeping time sheets, including tradesmen; and,
  • Occasionally taking main calls when staff are busy, and relaying messages to appropriate personnel.

Other responsibilities

  • Assist with maintaining company’s International Organization for Standardization (ISO) certifications relating to role; and,
  • Carry out any duties which your line manager may request reasonably within the broad parameters of your role.

Qualifications, skills, & experience

Prepared to fit in with the team and to also assist the Estates Manager with practical jobs, as and when required. Capable of autonomous thought, hardworking, honest, and prepared to help others out. A full clean driving licence is preferred (if not clean, let us know, as has insurance implications for company vehicles); confidence driving small to medium-sized vans. Experience driving plant and machinery advantageous, but not a pre-requisite. We would prefer it if you had your own tools; however, tools could be bought for the job (you’d need to advise what was required). You must be prepared to work in a fast-paced-work environment and meet tight deadlines, and work equally as well independently and as part of a team, good organisation and planning, adept at multitasking and prioritising, commercial awareness, flexible with working hours (altering start and finish times to reflect management’s requirements across our different world-wide office locations and time zones, and may include occasional evenings and weekends). 

To apply for this role please send your CV to Only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interview. Application deadline: 15 August 2020.