Chief Officer (XO - SDPO)

Plymouth | Other

Chief Officer (XO - SDPO)
Serco Out of Port Terms
Fixed Term - 24 Months
Full Time - 8 weeks on (TBC) | 8 weeks off (TBC) 
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 programme and 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: 


  • Competitive salaries with annual reviews 
  • Up to 6% contributory pension scheme.
  • 25 days annual leave plus bank holidays.
  • A range of benefits to support the health and wellbeing of you and your family such as Employee Assistance Programme, Simply Health Plans, Annual Leave Purchase Scheme, free flu vaccines and more.
  • Access to a huge range of discounts and exclusive deals such as Merlin Attractions, Mobile Phone discounts, Cinema discounts, Leisure, and Hospitality discounts.
  • A fantastic culture and supportive team where you'll get the chance to make a positive difference in a company passionate about diversity and inclusion.
  • Interesting and enjoyable work.
  • Committed to professional and personal development with a wide range of training and coaching opportunities to expand your capabilities.


To discover more about our careers in Defence, meet our team, and to find out more about what we offer, please follow this Link. We're also a signatory of the UK Governments Women in Defence Charter, to find out more please click here.


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. As a proud Disability Confident Leader and holder of the Gold 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. 



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31/07/2024 01:20:00
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