Operations Manager.

Work Location: Nationwide (Head Office: Horsham. Primary Depot: Essex)        

Salary: £50-60K


Established 1984, Allen Watson Ltd is a specialist privately-owned Trenchless Technology contractor. We own and operate an extensive and diverse range of boring equipment in the UK.  The company operates across a wide range of sectors including Rail, Water, Sewer, Gas, Electricity, and Telecoms, installing pipes, ducts, and cables.  Allen Watson Limited is a part of the Cappagh Group of Companies.


The Position

We are seeking an outstanding candidate to fill the position of Operations Manager. You will have a demonstrable track record of successfully leading a team of site operatives and you will be well-respected in your field.  You are likely to have experience in one of the fields of directional drilling, auger boring, civil engineering, or significant experience working on sites in an operational capacity.  AWL operates across the country carrying out prestigious contracts so you will need to be prepared to stay away from home during the week. In-between projects primarily you will be based at the company's Essex depot (accommodation available if required), where you will coordinate routine maintenance of plant and equipment, using the time to prepare for the next project mobilisation. The successful candidate will be energetic and passionate about doing a first-class job and will have an eye for detail. Not afraid to get your hands dirty and "Muck in" on site, you will also be expected to be able to converse with our clients at ease and develop great working relationships.  Your planning and logistical skills will be evident as you will need to plan ahead, making sure the right resources attend the right location at the appropriate time.  In other words, you will be a good all-rounder. You will have a technical background, but be equally at ease managing the team and dealing with client queries. You will help grow the company strategically and carefully, to build on the strong foundations that already exist.


This position will be a senior appointment within the company and there will be an excellent progression opportunity for the right candidate who develops into the role.  If appropriate, more detail of the growth opportunities will be discussed at the interview.


Essential Personal Attributes and Skills

Great drive, ambition, and energy

A good "people person", able to manage and motivate site staff

A quick learner with an inquisitive mind

Excellent Grammatical skills

Excellent communication skills, able to converse at any level

Accuracy and eye for detail

Strong all-round I.T. skills including e-mail (Outlook), PowerPoint and Excel

Reliable and trustworthy

Strong sense of personal accountability for achieving targets

Compelling personal safety culture and a desire to keep people safe at all times


Other experience that would be beneficial

CAD Literate

Mechanical or Electrical capability

Vertical drilling



May have already run a business unit or small company





Attractive salary

Bonus scheme

PAYE permanent position

Company vehicle or allowance

25 days annual leave

Private medical insurance

Defined contributory pension scheme

Family-owned, friendly environment


We are likely to hold a 2-stage interview process before appointing the successful candidate. The initial stage will involve a panel interview.


Allen Watson is an equal opportunities employer

Apply Today

If you would like to apply for this position please send initial interest via the Allen Watson Web-Site.

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Allen Watson Limited

Offices at:
- Horsham, West Sussex
- Harlow, Essex
- Barnsley, South Yorkshire

01403 790772

Case Studies

Wessex Water Engineers site visit
Allen Watson Limited latest project was visited by Wessex Water Engineers to witness the installation of DN225 Naylor Denlok VC pipes by guided Auger boring

Press release - Allen Watson Acquisition
Trenchless contracting services added to The Cappagh Group's technical capabilities following Allen Watson Limited acquisition.

Drive Shaft under construction
Allen Watson Limited are currently on a Southern Water project titled Ebbsfleet green, Swanscombe subcontract works which requires the installation of pipelines.

Social Media

Allen Watson complete another deep pipe installation for a prestigious housing development on the banks of the rive… https://t.co/54WUphtQUe

AWL continue to invest in new equipment with the delivery of the first of four new vans complete with full livery.… https://t.co/wYU8AEy4rh


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