Bulker Operations Manager

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Our global Ship Management client is on the lookout for an Operations Manager to join them in their London-based office.
The Operations Manager will co-ordinate the day-to-day operational activities of a fleet of Bulk Carriers in an efficient, timely and cost-effective manner, to ensure the Owners and Charterers’ expectations are met.  Whilst actively promoting the company’s safety culture and standards aboard the vessels.
  • Ex sea-going officer (Chief Officer or Captain) on Bulk Carriers.
  • You hold a degree in Shipping Operations, Masters Certificate or equivalent.
  • Previous experience of carrying out the shore-based day to day operations of a fleet of Bulk Carriers. (Minimum 2. Years with Sea Experience / 5 Years without)
  • Demonstrated understanding and awareness of vessel design, cargo types, voyage instructions, stowage plans, vessel KPI’s, key ports and voyage routes.
  • Clear, precise and confident in verbal and written communication to support credibility and position of expertise.
  • Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills to effectively build and maintain strong relationships with key contacts.
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills together with the ability to support decisions with sound reasoning and judgement.
  • Proven record of commercial awareness and ability to apply sound commercial judgement.
  • You have a strong focus on delivering quality and meeting deadlines. A successful track record in dealing with a broad set of activities within a fast-paced environment, whilst managing ambiguity and pressure well is a requirement for this role.
  • Ensure that all voyages are conducted with primary regard to the safety of crew, vessel and protection of the environment.
  • Minimise the operational costs and controlling vessels’ performance to ensure overall performance of the voyages are in line with Owners and Charterers expectations.
  • Within the required timescales, provide the Master with all required information, including but not limited to, CP terms, stowage plans, discharge instructions and method statements.
  • Effective co-ordination of bunker supplies in accordance with company guidelines.
  • Checking freight/hire invoices upon completion of loading or upon delivery to Charterers.
  • Negotiating Agency fees and appointing agents as necessary.
  • Ensure all parties are continually updated on voyage orders and vessel itineraries.
  • Checking and approving cargo documentation such as bills of lading and statement of facts etc.
Vessel Attendance:
  • Attending ships as required.
Emergency Response Procedures:
  • Assist as part of the emergency / crisis management team and make appropriate requirements.
Marine Compliance:
  • Remain current on industry rules, regulations and best practice and ensure that procedures are updated accordingly.
File / Report Management:
  • Maintain and update the daily Vessel Position list for each vessel.
  • File and maintain all voyage correspondence.
  • Assist with the commercial analysis, preparation of company operational and annual reports, and Lay Time and Off-hire statements on completion of each voyage.
  • Promptly and professionally respond to incoming messages.
  • Recognised as an expert advisor on all operational matters and to maintain open communication. with all departments, offices, vessels and contacts.
  • Ensure all communication is timely, clear, concise and accurate.
Competitive Salary and Benefits Package