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Aberdeen - Westhill, London - Sutton, Paris (Suresnes), Rio de Janeiro

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Subsea7 has an exciting opportunity for a Vessel Operations Manager to work within our Pipelines Group team at either our Aberdeen, Sutton, Paris or Brazil offices on a staff basis.

The Vessel Operations Manager plays a crucial role in overseeing and supervising the operations of a vessel. They are the primary point of contact for the project, early engagement, and tendering teams, ensuring that all teams have access to the necessary information regarding the vessel's capabilities, performance, cost base, and technical library.

During project execution, the Vessel Operations Manager works closely with the Project Manager/Project Operations Manager and the Offshore Management Team (OMT) to ensure the vessel program is delivered according to schedule. With the primary responsibility of ensuring consistent and efficient ways of working, the role is responsible for delivering predictable performance while prioritising safety and compliance with industry standards. 

The Vessel Operations Manager's role extends beyond project execution. They also contribute to the continuous improvement of the vessel's performance through regular monitoring and evaluation. This involves identifying areas for improvement and implementing strategies to enhance efficiency, performance, and safety.

Overall, the Vessel Operations Manager serves as a key member of the vessel's management team, overseeing the safe and efficient operation of the vessel. Their expertise and effective communication are essential for ensuring the effective execution of projects and the smooth operation of the vessel.

What will you be doing?

  • Provide information on vessel equipment to facilitate additional checks during screening, providing support where CAPEX/Business Case contributions are needed, and ensuring that preliminary studies of the vessel's capabilities and operation are robust.
  • Support Tender Teams to navigate vessel information libraries, guidelines, and procedures. Allocate Field Engineers if needed to assist in the tender preparation process.
  • Approve Vessel Offshore Schedule ensuring correct Vessel NORMs are used.
  • Work with the tender team to determine the most effective methods of mobilisation and demobilisation considering outgoing and incoming projects.
  • Offer technical expertise for operations that fall outside of standard operating envelopes.
  • Deliver Cost and Schedule for Vessel Equipment Upgrades.
  • Identify threats, opportunities and provide qualifications relating to vessel equipment and vessel assurance requirements.
  • Provide vessel expertise in technical reviews, design reviews, and HAZID, HAZOP, and HIRA reviews.
  • Identify and allocate a Field Engineer to assist in the development of onshore engineering.
  • Validate installation procedures and project-specific equipment that is outside of the range and track record of standard vessel operation.
  • Ensure that operations requiring high equipment utilisation have been approved, and raise awareness of risk associated with such activities, such as higher maintenance levels.
  • Ensure that appropriate vessel stability and DP assessments have been performed. 
  • Verify that the offshore schedule is unchanged when incorporated into the project schedule. Variation should be documented and assessed.
  • The PG Operations RACI should be consistently applied and shared with the project teams to ensure consistent methods of working while adhering to PM7 best practices.
  • Develop a vessel readiness program, roles, responsibilities, and tools in partnership with the Project Operations Manager and participate in its implementation. VOM is accountable for all vessel specific readiness actions.
  • Maintain a consolidated vessel POB.
  • Ensure that the equipment and crew logistics plan is suitable for the vessel.
  • Work closely with Project and Crewing teams to ensure that all visa, training, and medical requirements specific to the Project are understood and identified. Oversee crew readiness and escalate issues as necessary.
  • Maintain a risk register for upcoming project activities to mitigate threats and capitalise on opportunities. Identify and escalate issues to management as soon as possible. 
  • Ensure that security plans are implemented according to the operation's region.
  • Prepare a detailed schedule for port calls between Projects and Offshore Resources activities. Ensure that GVS and regional planning teams are informed.
  • Providing offshore expertise at onshore locations. 
  • Ensure that a mobilisation plan has been prepared in advance and that a mob notification has been circulated by the project
  • Monitor and report on the vessel's operational performance regularly. Negative trends should be highlighted, addressed, and resolved.
  • Participate in daily conference calls with Project and take the lead on resolving issues. 
  • In the event of a vessel breakdown or HSEQ incident, ensure roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, communicated, and understood. Before returning to work, close all necessary actions.
  • Coordinate between projects to maximise equipment re-use and minimise mobilisation and demobilisation costs. 
  • Ensure that schedule changes are validated and evaluated. 
  • Ensure that the GVS is maintained according to the actual performance forecasts. Discrepancies should be highlighted for resolution.
  • Participation in meetings regarding the schedule of country operations.
  • Maintain regular contact with the Vessel Superintendent and Global Vessel Planning to ensure that change, risks, and opportunities are appropriately monitored.
  • Maintain and enhance a positive HSEQ culture within Subsea 7.
  • Engage in routine interactions with the vessel's operational management team.
  • Assure that HSEQ performance, worksite HSEQ reviews, safety observations and interventions, safety statistics and safety training are implemented, measured, and reported regularly, so that trends can be identified and acted upon.
  • Formally record cost of loss and take corresponding action.
  • Participate actively in the verification of effectiveness process to ensure that case closure is validated.
  • Engage in the role of safety champion, sharing critical learnings and seeking regular feedback from the OMT to ensure continuous improvement.
  • Validate the operations report and operational performance as built.
  • Engage in debriefing exercises for projects, operations, and spooling.
  • Ensure that lessons learned are captured in relevant systems for use in future Early Engagement studies, tenders, and projects.
  • Recommend and provide input to the offshore resources CAPEX/OPEX process.

What experience would we like you to have?

  • Demonstrated ability to solve operational problems without supervision, bringing effective solutions to the table with a clear sense of accountability.
  • A thorough understanding of stakeholder management with a focus on escalating changes in a timely manner and providing sufficient information to support the decision-making process.
  • An understanding of vessel capabilities, operations, and experience collaborating with vessel teams and projects.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with leaders and guide team members.
  • Creativity and good negotiation skills are essential in this complex and diverse environment.
  • Planning, time management, and prioritization skills are essential.
  • Flexible, self-motivated, and capable of multitasking in a fast-paced environment.
  • Assumes responsibility for the delivery and execution of vessel operations.
  • Must have proven communications skills and the ability to tailor messages to a variety of audiences. This includes technical and non-technical, internal, and external clients, vendors, and leadership. In this context, communication includes verbal, visual, digital, and body language.
  • Proactively engages in Quality and HSE initiatives.
  • Demonstrates the ability to take the initiative and learn from both successes and failures.
  • Shares knowledge and works as a team for the benefit of the organisation and embraces diversity of thought.

What do we offer?

  • Career development – with access to a range of learning and development opportunities, as well as being part of a culture that encourages growth and development
  • Flexible working – lots of our people work flexibly in different ways. Whether it’s hybrid, part-time or flexitime working. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but let’s have a discussion to see how we can make it work.
  • Enhanced maternity/paternity leave/adoption leave
  • A fantastic benefits package – which includes a generous holiday allowance, pension scheme, discounted health and wellbeing packages, electric car salary sacrifice scheme and more.

Who are we?

We are Subsea7, a global leader in the delivery of offshore projects and services for the energy industry. We make offshore energy transition possible through the continuous evolution of lower-carbon oil and gas and by enabling the growth of renewables and emerging energy.

At Subsea7, we are looking for people who think differently. We want people who can bring new ideas and who are willing to take on challenges that will enable us to make a positive impact on a global stage.

In turn we will lift you up and encourage you to go further. Onshore or offshore, embark on a journey of opportunities, continuous learning, and development.

Start your journey with us today.

An environment where you can thrive

We recognise that having a diverse team makes us a better, smarter team. Diversity is something we value and regard it as key to our success.

We encourage new ways of thinking and celebrate our wide range of skills that help us continually challenge the status quo and inspire innovation. An inclusive and diverse environment fosters creativity, improves decision-making and introduces new ways of thinking.

Our people are at the heart of what we do at Subsea7 and we are committed to creating an environment where everyone can thrive. Fair employment practices, fair treatment for all individuals and equal opportunity on the basis of merit are the foundation of how we work and develop together.

What happens next?

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