Saturday, January 15, 2011

Vacancy: Technical Advisor (Jan 2011)


Sonangol Marine Services (SMS) provides commercial and technical marine oversight services to subsidiaries of its parent company, Sonangol EP, the national energy company of Angola. SMS is recruiting to fill the position of “Technical Advisor – Suezmax Fleet Operations”. This position will oversee the technical management and safe operation of the corporation’s Suezmax fleet and new building program.
This position will report to the SMS Suezmax Fleet Manager in Houston, Texas. You will provide technical support in two primary areas, the oversight of the technical management of the company’s existing Suezmax tanker fleet (5 tankers) and its Suezmax tanker new building program (5 tankers). In conjunction with the fleet management staff you will ensure that the contracted third party technical ship management companies man, maintain, equip and operate Sonangol’s Suezmax tankers to Sonangol’s technical/safety standards and budget requirements, which you will be instrumental in updating and implementing. You will also be responsible for overseeing the execution of Sonangol’s Suezmax tanker new building construction program and ensuring that the third party new building construction manager and builder (DSME) meet their contractual requirements. In all phases of your activity you will be directly involved with and responsible for the career development and training of Angolan Marine Superintendents and mentoring junior Angolan marine technical staff.

You will be a Class One (Chief Engineer) certificate holder or have a B. S. in Marine Engineering. You will have significant tanker sailing experience as a marine engineer in a senior capacity as well as tanker management experience in a shore-side capacity. You will have direct experience managing tanker new building construction programs and negotiating ship operating/drydock budgets. You will be comfortable preparing detailed, timely and well-written reports in English and will be computer literate (Word, Excel, Power Point). The position in based in Houston, Texas but will require domestic and international travel. Fluency in English and a US passport or green card are pre-requisites.

SMS offers a competitive compensation and benefits package which includes medical/dental/vision/LTD insurance and a 401(K) plan.

Resumes should be sent to or Sonangol Marine Services (AS), 1177 Enclave Parkway, Suite 350, Houston, Texas 77077. All replies will be acknowledged.

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