Senior Maritime Consultant

Type: Permanent, full time

Closing date: 23 January 2022*

Do you know about marine operations?

Are you looking for a project management role that uses your understanding and skills to inform marine development decision-making?

ABPmer is looking for a maritime specialist to provide marine consent and service development support. 

This is a great opportunity for somebody with marine operations experience and a strong analytical mindset to join a growing team working on UK and worldwide projects. 

About the role

Working alongside other maritime specialists, you will be involved in all stages of a project from tender preparation and delivery to ongoing client support. 

When undertaking navigation assessments, you will be using quantitative techniques and state-of-the-art technology to validate expert judgement.

Your role will focus on the following areas:

Service development

  • Continuous improvement of assessment techniques and tools
  • Managing enquiries and preparing proposal documents
  • Business development including attending conferences and networking

Development consent

  • Assessing site location and boundaries by identifying constraints and potential project risks
  • Preparing Navigational Risk Assessments proportional to the development
  • Preparing documents for the Environmental Impact Assessment process
  • Consulting with stakeholders and hosting of workshops
  • Providing post consent support for operations including aids to navigation, procedures and vessel logistics

As well as working with our maritime specialists, you will also be engaging with other teams in ABP and multidisciplinary consultancies, providing specialist maritime advice and input to projects concerning proposed developments and operations. 

As we deliver varied projects throughout the UK and overseas, some of our project work requires site-visits and working away from home for extended periods (circa two weeks).

Who we are looking for

We are looking for someone with drive and motivation who wishes to make a difference in the maritime sector, whether it is working with ports, renewable energy or marine developments. The role involves significant amounts of report writing and presentation of information to technical experts and industry representatives. 

This role might be right for you, if you have...

  • A degree-level in a relevant subject, deck officer or equivalent RN training
  • Working knowledge of marine/vessel operations
  • Consultancy or project management experience
  • Strong analytical skills with a scientific mindset
  • Excellent communication skills in the form of technical reports and presentations to senior personnel
  • Excellent time-management, organisational and prioritisation skills
  • A driving licence and a self-sufficient mindset is essential (travel is an expectation)

Desirable skills and experience

  • Understanding of risk management processes
  • Familiarity with consenting processes (Marine Licensing, NSIP)
  • Experience with port marine operations

About us

ABPmer is a marine consultancy and survey company that specialises in understanding one of the most complex environments on earth. Known for our technical ability, professionalism and service excellence, we have been helping clients sustainably manage, operate and develop in the marine environment for more than 70 years. Based in Southampton, our support and advice is used around the world.

As part of Associated British Ports Group, maritime operational support is a key component of the work we do. We have a proven track record in offering navigational services and providing technical advice to ports, harbours, offshore developers, recreational users and the aquaculture sector. Such is our reputation, our services are always in high demand, we are recruiting to ensure we can continue to grow and meet evolving client needs.


As well as a generous leave, salary and pension package, we know there is more to life than work. That’s why our working practices and benefits are based on supporting your well-being so you can enjoy your time in and out of work.

The nature of our work allows for flexible working enabling you to tailor your working hours to meet personal and project commitments, as well as choosing where you work (from the office or your home) depending on the situation.

We support our team members with personal development whether that is through mentoring, training or professional memberships and tailor the tasks and projects to best fit the skills and experience of the individual. We encourage individual professional interests and support team members in developing new services in the maritime sector.

ABPmer’s services are provided using a project management approach this means you may be leading a team on one project and part of the solution delivery on another. Such an approach allows for continuous professional development and progression. We encourage the sharing of knowledge and experience between our people and regularly provide updates on the interesting projects that we are part of.


ABPmer is part of Associated British Ports Holdings Limited; please apply via the link below, which will take you to Associated British Ports website.

* Please note the closing date for this role is Sunday 23 January, however we may close the vacancy early if we receive a large amount of applications, so we recommend you apply as soon as possible.

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