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Our client is seeking an accomplished Head of Vessel Operations to lead our cruise ship management team. Operating within a dynamic 3rd party cruise ship management business, you will be responsible for overseeing the complete maritime operations of the fleet. Your expertise will drive operational excellence, compliance with industry regulations, and the seamless execution of exceptional cruise experiences.

  • Provide strategic leadership to the vessel operations team, ensuring alignment with the company's mission and goals.
  • Oversee the planning and execution of cruise ship schedules, optimizing for efficiency and guest satisfaction.
  • Manage vessel resources, including crew assignments, procurement, maintenance, and operational budgets.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders, including ship owners, port authorities, and vendors.
  • Ensure compliance with international maritime regulations, industry standards, and safety protocols.
  • Analyze operational data to identify opportunities for improving performance, cost-effectiveness, and guest experiences.
  • Develop and implement operational procedures, continuously refining processes to enhance efficiency.
  • Lead crisis management efforts during emergencies, prioritizing passenger safety and minimizing disruptions.
  • Foster a collaborative and motivated work environment, nurturing professional growth among team members.
  • Deliver regular performance reports to senior management, highlighting operational achievements and challenges.
  • Bachelor's degree in maritime studies, business, or related fields (Master's preferred).
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressively responsible experience in cruise ship operations or maritime management.
  • Proven leadership experience, demonstrating the ability to lead and inspire cross-functional teams.
  • In-depth knowledge of international maritime regulations, industry best practices, and safety standards.
  • Strong analytical skills with the ability to make informed decisions under pressure.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, capable of building relationships with diverse stakeholders.
  • Proficiency in using maritime software, technology, and operations management tools.
  • A track record of driving operational excellence, innovation, and continuous improvement.
  • Exceptional organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Flexibility to work irregular hours and travel as required by the nature of the cruise industry.
If you are a results-driven leader with a profound understanding of cruise ship operations and the ability to navigate the intricacies of third-party management, we invite you to apply for the role of Head of Vessel Operations. Join our team and play a pivotal role in shaping the success and reputation of our cruise ship management business.

You must have the right to live and work in the EU to be eligible for this role.