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Chief Officer/1st Mate – Fixed Term

  • Post Date:11th March 2021
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Job Description

Wightlink is main link between the Isle of Wight and the mainland. Every year we carry over 4.6 million passengers, making us one of the UK’s largest domestic ferry operators. We provide Island residents with an easy and frequent service to the mainland, as well as giving millions of holidaymakers a taste of Island life.

We are also dedicated to giving excellent customer service and the best facilities on board and at our Terminals. We are truly a part of Island life and are proud to support IOW communities wherever we can from sports sponsorship to local regeneration projects.


We are looking to recruit Chief Officers/ 1st Mates to join our teams in Portsmouth and Ryde on a Fixed Term Contract starting April to cover our Summer period. The successful candidates will preferably hold a Master or Chief Mate Certificate of Competency although a minimum Officer of the Watch Unlimited Certificate is acceptable. You will ideally have previous experience working with passengers.


Key elements of the role are:


  • Ability to lead a Team effectively and communication across all grades is essential.
  • Overseeing the Deck department, including managing the safe and efficient control of passenger and vehicle loading,
  • Ensuring the Deck Crew meet all relevant statutory requirements
  • Acting as the interface between the Master and Ship’s crew.


In addition to professional skills and qualifications you will be extremely customer focused, empathetic and able to motivate your Crew to deliver excellent customer service.


As a Chief Officer or 1st Mate you will be employed on a 6 month Fixed Term Contract to cover our Summer period from April 2021. Working a notional 35 hour week you will be required to work across all days of the week including weekends and Bank Holidays.


In return we offer a competitive salary, a comprehensive range of travel and retail benefits and the opportunity to work at sea but still go home at night!


To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to detailing your reasons for applying, qualifications, skills and experience. Please include your contact details including address, landline and mobile telephone numbers.