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Manager, Maritime Safety in Miami, FL at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Date Posted: 4/11/2019

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Job Description


This position is responsible for developing, implementing and sustaining shipboard marine safety programs, equipment, procedures and policies as they relate to the Fire & Evacuation operations. The position focuses on strategic level solutions across the main elements of Fire & Evacuation operations: firefighting, lifesaving appliances and evacuation - including emergency planning as it relates to these elements. The position will support the management of a traveling team of safety professionals.
Utilize internal and external data to support evidence-based decision making while developing and maintaining processes that support ship board safety plans and provide monitoring and analysis for incidents, suggestions and non-conformities. The position must project manage corrective actions/new regulations/continuous improvement initiates related to the maritime safety program. Ensuring alignment towards a unified vision for a solution across all brands and presenting outcomes and status to senior shipboard officers and all levels of shoreside management, such as SVP and business leaders.


  • The Maritime safety group has a diverse portfolio of responsibility and the Manager will be tasked with being the key driver for deck safety innovation and must therefore maintain expertise of fleet operations, situation management, safety policies & procedures, as they pertain to their specific ownership area. Work with all RCL brands, Global Marine Operations and Global Marine Technical Services as well as all levels of shipboard officers and crew to continuously improve safety culture through policy, procedures and project management.
  • Manage the corporate maritime safety working groups including scheduling, agenda, minutes and action plans. Provide project leadership and ensure accountability of team members on a portfolio of projects as identified through the FOCUS (Fleetwide Operations for Continual and Unequaled Safety) program which is the cornerstone of maritime safety for the corporation. Utilize project management tools to ensure unified goals and tasks. Consolidate work flows into concise/visual reports to senior management.
  • Develop, maintain and extract business insight from shipboard assurance programs including fire, evacuation and human elements specific audits and exams.
  • Coordinate all aspects of this program and provide routine feedback to senior management.
  • Work closely with the Manager of Maritime Safety Training to develop training programs including regulatory STCW (Standards for Training and Certification of Watchkeepers) shipboard training.
  • Project manage corrective/preventative action items in terms of obtaining finances, planning, execution and sustaining. Items such as new regulation adoption will be taken as projects under their responsibility. The priority is a standardized and aligned solution for all brands.
  • Support accident/incident investigations as required.
  • Manage the fleet safety team and their associated service portfolio; including but not limited to: transition training, safety reviews, dry dock safety, station bills and NB start up training
  • Act as primary point of contact for external authorities including Classification Societies, Government Agencies and Flag State Administrations during unique circumstances, safety inspections, audits and investigations as they relate to their area of responsibility.
  • Monitor internal and external safety reports including Accidents, Incidents, Compliance and Suggestions for improvement.  Coordinate feedback and monitor Corrective Action status for self reporting and automated reporting systems, Internal/External Audits, Master¿s Annual Review and Safety First Program.
  • Generate reports and statistical data from the accident reporting database (and other safety databases) as required for senior management including Board of Directors and management review meetings.  Provide analysis of data and present action plans related to this information. Monitor self reporting/automated reporting database accuracy and provide content-based support and training for shipboard and shore side users.
  • Maintain current knowledge of safety related regulatory issues with focus on IMO, Flag State and Port State Regulations.  Represent the industry and company at international regulatory meetings such as the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the maritime division of the United Nations. Attend IMO Committee and Sub Committee meetings and actively participate in relevant Correspondence Group work intersessionally.  Represent RCL in industry working groups such as the Cruise Line Industry Association (CLIA) and other meetings and for a sharing knowledge and best practices for safety improvement.
  • Research new technology for deck safety and develop safety related policies and procedures.
  • Serve as expert advisor to the Newbuild department on design and technology for new ships with focus on, safety systems, evacuation, fire safety, training and LSA as it relates to their area of ownership. 
  • Maintain working knowledge of shipboard safety systems and equipment such as e-mustering, Fidelio, station bills and safe return to port software.
  • Supporting and coordinating with other shared services, such as supply chain and Global Marine Technical Services. In addition, focus on supporting the sales teams in terms of vetting and coordinating approvals for special requests by groups and charters.
  • Member of the corporate situation management team, on call to respond and fulfill safety related and marine operational roles including liaising with external authorities during a situation and providing briefings to the executive situation management team. 


Job Requirements


  • Minimum of 7-10 years of experience is required with primary responsibilities in the marine operations, regulatory and safety fields with primary responsibility in the training, implementation and administration of safety system and processes.
  • Bachelor's degree or Technical graduation, and a Maritime license with shipboard/platform experience required or equivalent military experience.
    Proven ability to motivate and drive cross functional collaboration
    Experience working with internal and external customers and vendor partners
  • Experience managing and mentoring RCL teams
  • Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills. Ability to communicate technical material to executive leadership and non-technical audience
  • Preferred proficient knowledge of maritime laws and regulations and reporting requirements as applicable. 
    Knowledge of relief and public safety organizations, both local and federal.
  • Preferred experience in agile management settings
  • Project management experience preferred
  • Certificates, licenses, registrations required
  • Advanced knowledge of personal computers within a Windows environment including e-mail, Microsoft Office 365 (word, excel, Power BI, Sharepoint, etc) and related printers and equipment.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to communicate with all level of employees and management in a multi-cultural environment, with business acumen and support for business decision make.
  • Superior writing and analytical skills; able to provide quality work with minimum direction. 
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. 
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence and procedures manuals.
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk. 
  • The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance. 
  • The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

It is the policy of the Company to ensure equal employment and promotion opportunity to qualified candidates without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, sexuality, gender identity or expression, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by law. RCL and each of its subsidiaries prohibit and will not tolerate discrimination or harassment.

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