Chief Officer (XO - SDPO)

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Chief Officer (XO - SDPO)
Serco Out of Port Terms
Fixed Term - 24 Months
Full Time - 5 weeks on, 5 weeks off 
Competitive Salary + Benefits

Serco Maritime deliver maritime support packages tailored to our customers' needs all delivered within a national accreditation framework.
As owners and operators of specialist vessels, from harbour workboats to oceangoing support vessels, we provide world class integrated maritime services both in the UK and abroad. Our vessels provide a range of support, which include for example: dive support, military training, submarine rescue exercises, target/test equipment deployment/recovery and passenger transfers.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Chief Officer (XO-SDPO) to join our team aboard an RFA vessel in support of an exciting project. The successful candidate will oversee the day to day working of the Deck Department, including bridge watch keeping, cargo operations and maintaining high standards of upkeep. 


Main Accountabilities 


  • Manage the organisation, administration and operational readiness of Ship Operations.
  • Direct the management of seamanship activities, ensuring that the
  • required state of readiness is maintained at all times.
  • Ensure that general ship husbandry, the material condition and
  • serviceability of all ship operations equipment, machinery and nominated areas of responsibility are maintained and preserved to the required standard
  • Undertake the planning and management of the ships programmeand operational tasking, ensuring that the ships commitments are completed in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Manage the operational sea safety training requirements of the ship in accordance with the requirements laid down in the continuation training guide.
  • Manage the effectiveness, welfare, safety, discipline and training of embarked Officer Cadets.
  • Manage and co-ordinate the security organisation in accordance with relevant doctrine. Induction/familiarisation will be provided.
  • In consultation with the Master, the Chief Officer is responsible for the correct loading, discharge and ballasting of the ship having proper regard for stress, strain and stability
  • Ensure all cargo, stores and deck equipment is secure before departure and the hatches, holds and other openings are watertight.


What you'll need to do the role: 


  • Able to achieve SC Clearance as a UK National 
  • NI SDPO qualification and demonstratable previous experience
  • Certificate of Competence as Chief Officer (Unlimited) (as a minimum)
  • STCW Personal Survival Techniques (5 Year Refresher Course)
  •  STCW Personal Safety and Social Responsibilities (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Certificate of Proficiency in Survival Craft (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Proficiency in Designated Security Duties (5 Year Refresher Course)
  • STCW Elementary First Aid
  • Unrestricted ENG 1 Passport
  • Ship's Safety Officer Certificate -Preferred
  • Ship's Security Officer Certificate - Preferred
  • Methodical in approach
  • Good standard of education


What we offer: 

  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme.
  • Serco discounts which include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships.
  • A safe and supportive culture.
  • Interesting and enjoyable work.
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion.

About Serco
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 

Please click on the apply button to complete your application. Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment. 

At Serco, we see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates and strongly encourage applications from a diverse candidate pool. We are open to discussions around flexibility and flexible working. We operate a hybrid work structure in many of our business areas. We are proudly Disability Confident Leader employers and holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.  For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

At Serco we support fair access to employment for those with unspent criminal convictions through the 'Ban the Box' pledge (some may be exempt due to the nature of the role and the security clearance required). Please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000 to discuss.

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11/10/2023 02:18:00
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