International Laser Class Association Seeks Assistant Technical Officer


POSITION: Assistant Technical Officer

COMPANY: International Laser Class Association

REPORTS TO: Technical Officer

LOCATION: You must have the ability to work remotely and travel extensively.

FULL/PART TIME: Part-time, contract basis. Will transition to a full-time position for the qualified candidate. 


The International Laser Class Association (“ILCA”) is looking for an Assistant Technical Officer (“ATO”) to augment our technical team. ILCA is a member-based sailing organization representing owners of Laser class sailboats worldwide and our class is confirmed for the Men’s and Women’s One-Person Dinghy events for the 2024 Olympic sailing competition. Part of our responsibility to our members and stakeholders is to oversee and audit the class manufacturers and suppliers to ensure that all boats and equipment are made to the strict standards and specifications of the ILCA Build Manual.

As part of the process for securing our Olympic selection, ILCA and the class commercial parties have committed to the introduction of new builders and equipment suppliers worldwide to comply with World Sailing’s new Olympic Equipment Policy. Consequently, ILCA is now seeking a detail-oriented professional with strong writing and technical skills to help us cover the increased workload for technical compliance. As an ATO, you will report to the Technical Officer and will assist with a variety of technical projects including, factory inspections, equipment audits, report preparation, technical writing etc.

This position is open immediately on a part-time, contract basis. It is expected that this job will transition into a full-time position for the qualified candidate after training in conjunction with the class Technical Officer. Flexibility to adjust hours and travel to cope with the changing workloads will be necessary.


  • Provide technical and inspection services with the aim of ensuring that all boats and equipment are built to the strict standards and specifications of the ILCA Build Manual.
  • Assist with training and certification of new builders and suppliers including hull manufacturers, spar manufacturers, sailmakers etc.
  • Work with builders and suppliers to improve processes and tighten tolerances whenever possible to ensure the highest degree of uniformity across manufacturers.
  • Carry out regular inspections of class builders and suppliers manufacturing facilities.
  • Provide regular reporting to the Technical Officer and Technical and Measurement Committee.
  • Liaise with World Sailing technical staff on class inspection and compliance issues.
  • Provide engineering services to aid problem resolution and promote reasonable and controlled future development.
  • Work with the ILCA Technical Officer, Chief Measurer and Technical and Measurement Committee (TMC) to manage and update the ILCA Build Manual and ILCA Class Rules when required.


  • A college degree or higher in engineering, naval architecture, or a related technical discipline.
  • Experience in quality assurance and improving quality in a manufacturing environment using statistical and problem solving techniques.
  • Marine industry experience including familiarity with boat, sail, spar, foil and fitting, design and construction.
  • Sailing background is a plus, including competitive sailing in Laser class boats or similar.
  • Product development experience a plus in order to contribute to the development and evolution of the boat.
  • Have sufficient language, time management and computer skills to work efficiently and effectively in varied, non-office based environments, including, on line communications, report preparation and document management.
  • Computer skills including Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word, CAD, CAE, computer graphics.
  • Familiarity with sailing class rules and inspection techniques preferred.
  • Language: Fluency in written and spoken English. Additional languages are a plus.

Extensive international travel is required.

Please submit your résumé and supporting information to before 30 April, 2020.