Upstream MQA Specialist (USA)

24th May 2024

Ensuring all MQA activities conform, as a minimum to the standard operating procedures and risk profile agreed with the client.

This role is only open to candidates who have a right to live and work in USA.

Key Responsbilities 

  • Perform vetting and clearance activities, including assessment, screening and clearance of Upstream vessel operational types and platforms.
  • Conduct evaluation of vessel and terminal operator audit / incident reports to determine their conformance with relevant standards/expectations and their suitability for use in client affiliate service.
  • Conduct risk assessments of third-party marine assets for use by client. Where these assets fail routine marine assurance assessments and where the business is unable to find suitable alternatives, make recommendations to client management on risk mitigation factors.
  • Provide operational assurance for time-chartered vessels and ensure delivery of HSSE performance of the time-chartered fleet. Including requesting and review of MESQAC and D&A declarations.
  • Provide support to client in conducting new build and charter tonnage inspection / attend for DP trails and factory acceptance test where required.
  • Provide training to newly appointed Upstream MQA Specialist and support the Upstream Superintendent in ensuring competency within the team.
  • Support the Upstream Superintendent in ensuring consistent application of all marine assurance policies and procedures.
  • Lead vessel operator OVMSA verification audits to confirm they are aligned with self-declarations and comply with client acceptance criteria. Produce audit reports and close out follow-up actions with the vessel operator.
  • Provide feedback to employed and sub-contracted audit and Inspection team members to support the development and promulgation of audit / inspection best practice with the objective of achieving global consistency of audit / inspection activities.
  • Contribute to defining the scope of current and future shipping and marine related activities.
  • Provide early marine advice to ensure compliance with the client’s marine quality requirements and procedures, including involvement in projects/peer group reviews and pre / post start up audits.
  • In conjunction with other regional offices, maintain data within the SharePoint / OneDrive systems and ensure that other relevant data sources are used to sustain accurate and contemporary information.
  • Provide vetting and clearance support and advice to clients Upstream Business units, vessel operators, and other shipping and marine activities as requested.
  • Provide feedback to the Upstream Superintendent on regional compliance through internal reporting systems and direct inspection of all relevant marine standards and expectations.
  • Provide innovation and development to support continuous improvement of systems, processes, procedures, and capabilities thereby ensuring efficiency of the business model is continuously improved.
  • Produce management stewardship reports that detail KPI, business metrics and SLA performance
  • As directed undertake other tasks that are relevant to the position


Candidate Requirements 

  • Class 2 OOW deck
  • Marine degree-based qualification together with extensive industry experience as Naval architect / Classification surveyor etc. Lead Auditor


  • Nationally recognised Barge Master licence.


  • Class 3 OOW deck in conjunction with successful completion of structured training plan to progress from Marine Quality Assurance Specialist Assistant role.
  • Dynamic positioning licence


Job-related experience 

  • Offshore DP vessel operation
  • Management level experience on Offshore vessels Chief Officer or above.
  • Or significant experience as an Upstream MQA Specialist

Closing date: 7th Jun 2024

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