What exactly does an Offshore Crewing Coordinator do?

On a daily bases I provide support for Offshore Resources, ensuring the managements and planning of a properly resources and competent pool of offshore personnel, the main areas of support cover; I am responsible for all the logistics and specific project requirements and mandatory client requirements to ensure we provide a competent and safe crew for offshore operations.

Apart from formal qualifications, what other skills or characteristics do you need?

The main characteristics you need in this role is to be flexible, proactive and efficient. I have to be priorities my work load and work to tight deadlines. I spend a lot of time on the phone discussing and dealing with agencies and personnel, which I need to, have strong communication skills to do this sufficiently. I need to be proactive and plan ahead so reactive situations don’t occur.

What sort of organization do you work for?

I work for an Oil & Gas service company providing Subsea Services.

If this wasn’t your first job after your studies, what did you do in between?

My first job when I left school was a Commercial Assistant for a major Subsea Company; I was responsible for providing general admin support to the Commercial department.

Do you travel within the UK or overseas very much?

Not really, Occasional I travel to Thornaby where our Reef Subsea Power & Umbilical’s division is based. I have the opportunity in 2013 to broaden my skill set by travelling to our entities in Houston and Norway to increase my networking skills.

Do you work a regular length day/week or are shifts involved?

I work a regular office week Monday-Friday, my day starts at 08:30 and finishes at 5:30. Due to the nature of the business and my role it is necessary to stay back if there is work to be done.

What do you enjoy about your job?

I love my job I feel l I am well valued member of the team.

I mostly enjoy the challenges and responsibility that I have with every working day, no one day is the same.

I have been given the opportunity to complete the CIPD Diploma in Human Resource Practice in 2013, this will develop my skills and career prospects, enabling me to broaden and deepen my knowledge and skills whilst proving an ideal opportunity for supporting continuing professional development.

What advice or extra information do you wish you’d had before starting this career?

I feel that knowledge in the Subsea Industry would have benefited and helped me in my role.

What position would you like to hold in five years’ time?

My ambition is to work towards the Crewing Managers level. The reason for this is because my line manager (Crewing Manager) is my role model.