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VAC4016 - Head of Business Unit, Lowestoft, UK

Division Operations
Location London, U.K.
Department P&O Maritime Services - DEP
Closing Date 05-May-2017
Operations and Technical Manager

Accountable to the Managing Director for all operational aspects including the operational capability, safety and pollution prevention management of all allocated vessels and contracts, leads and manages the Lowestoft offices to deliver cost effective, timely and high quality services to meet the contractual requirements of P&O Maritime.

The role is the senior “in Country” representative.

  • Ensure fleet vessels are maintained and fully operational to meet statutory and charter obligations
  • Ensure appropriate operational KPI’s are implemented to enhance performance and achieve continuous improvement
  • Liaise with Masters, Chief Engineers and sea staff to address any concerns with regard to vessel and equipment functionality and personnel
  • Ensure BU operations comply with Company policies and procedures and regulations including Port State Control, ISM and health, safety and environmental legislation
  • Assist with the management of technical projects as required including dry dockings, new installations, conversions
  • Maintain procedures and processes which allow ownership and accountability by senior ship staff regarding operational expenses
  • Ensure adequate asset and equipment acquisition and planning
  • Undertake routine inspections of the vessels to verify the maintenance and operation of all shipboard equipment, to confirm that correct procedures are being implemented and in particular the effective and proper operation of cargo, safety, security and lifesaving equipment.
  • Accountable for vessel vetting performance, attend company vessels during clients vetting and inspections if appropriate and provide a response to the vetting, PSC & Flag observations and non-conformities.
  • Carry out sea-riding voyages to verify standards are being maintained and provide advice to Masters and Senior Officers.
  • Responsible for reviewing and responding to ships safety meeting minutes and safety inspection reports and advising the Group Operating Director on unresolved matters or those that are not resolved within a timely manner. 
  • Well-developed leadership and management skills
  • Sound financial management skills
  • High level analytical and problem solving skills
  • High level communication and interpersonal skills including report writing
  • Effective time management and organisational skills
  • Able to work under pressure and respond to changing work demands
  • Strong customer service orientation
  • Experience in the management of bulk carriers and oil tankers including areas of technical, human resources, industrial, budget development and control, operations and compliance
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Quality and Safety Management systems in the marine industry
  • Must have Marine Management Experience
  • 1st Class Motor Certificate of Competency or Master Class 1 Certificate of Competency with substantial experience in shore based ship management
Other Information
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office and relevant software applications
  • ISM Auditor accreditation (ISM/ISO/ISPS Auditor preferred)

Dubai, UAE :DP World, Ltd. (DP World) alerts job applicants and the public about a fraudulent scheme in which DP World has been impersonated.

The scammers fraudulently:
  • Impersonate DP World;
  • Impersonate DP World employees;
  • Conduct “job interviews” via text message, telephone, e-mail, and/or instant message (including Google Hangout) communications for work-from-home positions;
  • “Hire” employees to join DP World;
  • Provide the “employees” with funds to buy home-office equipment and pay DP World “vendors” via fraudulent checks and money orders; and
  • Instruct the “employees” via e-mail, text message, telephone, or instant message to deposit the checks into their personal bank accounts and wire or cash transfer some portion of the funds to “vendors,” which are actually the scammers.
DP World informs job applicants and the public that:
  • DP World is not expanding its operations in the United States in the next 3-6 months (as the scammers allege);
  • DP World’s operations in the United States are currently limited to Charlotte, North Carolina and are not expanding to any other locations for the foreseeable future;
  • DP World does not solicit potential employees via text message or instant messaging;
  • DP World does not interview employees by text message, e-mail, or instant messaging (including Google Hangouts);
  • DP World does not issue payment to its employees, prospective or otherwise, via paper check or money order;
  • DP World does not require employees to buy their own office equipment or personally pay vendors; and
  • The scammers have fraudulently used the name of DP World and its employees without authority and for malicious purposes.

One of the red flags that distinguishes a false communication from a legitimate DP World communication is the poor grammatical use of the English language, which is apparent in conversations with the scammers. Another red flag is the method of communication as DP World does not use commercially-available e-mail providers. No legitimate DP World communication would come from a common, publicly-available email service like Gmail, Hotmail, Yahoo Mail or Microsoft Outlook.

Further, false communications can also be identified by the tasks requested by the scammers. DP World does not request that its employees pay vendors personally, whether from their own funds or from funds provided by DP World. Likewise, DP World would never ask an employee to cash a check or money order and then make a deposit into a vendor’s account.

Contacted individuals should not respond to any communication regarding the scam, and under no circumstances should any individual deposit any checks, money orders, or other payments from the scammers into their bank accounts. If such funds are for some reason deposited, no payments should be made from those funds for at least seven (7) days after the funds are deposited to ensure the individual’s bank has accepted the check, money order, or other payment.

DP World encourages potential employees to refer to its website and its “Careers” section if they are seeking employment with DP World.

If you have any concerns about the authenticity of any correspondence or documents that purport to be issued by DP World, you should direct your concerns to DP World at HO.Recruitment@dpworld.com.

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