First listed on: 24 May 2022

Ship Management Coordinator - Marine National Facility


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The Opportunity

  • Coordinate MNF and the Vessel Management Contractor to ensure safe and effective vessel operations
  • Maintain physical resources such as fixed and mobile laboratories, scientific equipment and instruments
  • Work positively and collaboratively to support the delivery of world-class science

Funded by the Australian Government since 1984, the Marine National Facility (MNF) provides a keystone element of the nation’s research infrastructure by providing the only blue-water research capability available in Australia.  The 94m research vessel, Investigator was commissioned in 2014-15 and is available for multidisciplinary research in the oceans and seas around Australia, from the tropics to the Antarctic ice-edge.

As the MNF Ship Management Coordinator, you will ensure the physical resources of the MNF are maintained, enabled and ready to deliver successful and safe scientific voyages as scheduled.  Note that vessel operations, technical management and crewing are managed by the Ship Management Contractor.  Fostering and maintaining a collaborative relationship with the Ship Management Contractor and crew, you will have oversight of the effective and safe delivery of the Ship Management Contract.  Some travel is required and there may be an opportunity to go to sea as part of providing support more broadly in the MNF

Your duties will include:

  • Manage the effective and efficient delivery of the ship management contract.
  • Provide timely, accurate and objective advice and assist with the planning and execution of safe and effective research voyages.
  • Ensure a risk-based, integrated approach to safety planning and response in accordance with the MNF HSE Framework.
  • Contribute to the planning of vessel modifications and installations in response to identified new science capabilities.  
  • Oversee and manage the performance of external resources during the mid-life refit dry docking. 
  • Support the Facilities Manager and the Facilities Program Director with timely, objective and evidence-based quality advice. 
  • Represent MNF on relevant working groups and committees in relation to wharf operations and vessel requirements.

Location: Hobart, Tasmania
Salary:  AU$117k - AU$138k per annum, plus up to 15.4% superannuation

Tenure:  Indefinite, full-time
Reference: 84266

To be considered you will need:

  • Tertiary qualifications and/or extensive experience in ship management operations, practices and standards.
  • Experience in the co-ordination and provision of logistical, operational and technical requirements associated with maritime operations.
  • Experience in health and safety leadership in the maritime sector, including risk-based planning.
  • The ability to coordinate and manage complex projects in a dynamic team environment.  
  • The ability to liaise, negotiate and influence others to achieve organisational objectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a proven ability to communicate on technical and specialist matters related to maritime operations. 
  • Knowledge and experience in contract management practices and an understanding of procurement and financial procedures.

To see the full list of criteria for this role, please view the Position Details 


  • Applications are open to Australian or New Zealand Citizens, and Australian Permanent Residents.
  • The successful applicant will be required to obtain and provide a National Police Clearance or equivalent, and may be subject to other security/medical/character requirements.

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How to Apply

Please apply online and provide a CV and cover letter outlining your motivations for applying and your suitability for the role, paying particular attention to the requirements outlined in the Position Details.

Applications Close

Tuesday 7 June, 2022 (11pm AEST)

We reserve the right to withdraw this ad prior to the closing date.

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