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Chief Engineer

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Job Introduction

At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.
We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators,committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

Serco and Proud - Make a difference every day.

Please note this opportunity is subject to contract award

Here at Serco we’re looking for a Chief Engineer to join our established business in Belgium.

You’ll play a key part in supporting the marine research team on ‘Belgica II’, the new Federal research vessel of the Belgian government.

Join our team as we embark  on this new Belgian project where we will support marine research and scientific projects.  

Role Responsibility

The key person will be responsible for:

  • Ensure safe and efficient operation and maintenance of all propulsion, auxiliary and deck  machinery, electrical appliances, air conditioning, domestic installations, boilers, fittings  and structures within and without the machinery spaces and such items as may be detailed  by the Company from time to time. 

  • Consult at least daily with the Master in order to achieve the maximum economy consistent  with the minimum efficiency required of the machinery under his charge. He/she must  keep the Master promptly and fully informed of any occurrences in the engine room which  might affect navigation, propulsion or the essential services under his control. 

  • Assist the Master to ensure compliance with all relevant Oil and Environmental Pollution  Prevention Legislation and to ensure that all responsible Officers are familiar with  Emergency Procedures, Contingency Plans and capable of operating all Safety and  Pollution Prevention equipment and appliance. 

  • Become familiar with details of vessel’s construction, machinery and operating  characteristics. 

  • Submit accurate figures to the Master each day, showing the quantities of bunkers,  lubricating oils and water consumed and remaining on board. 

  • Ensure that all Planned Maintenance and both normal and emergency repair work is  carried out. Ensure that all work is planned for minimum disruption to the vessel’s overall  programme and maximum reliability and availability of the plant. 

  • Follow Company policies/procedures relating to his department, making sure he is alert to  Company requirements particularly safety, on any relevant matters. 

  • Be in the engine room whilst entering or leaving port, in confined waters and as specifically  requested by the Master or dictated by any trials programme. Short breaks may be taken  from this routine, but the 

  • Chief Engineer will ensure that he/she is easily contactable in order to take charge of the  Engine Room. 

  • Make sure that navigational requests/telegraphic or other orders from bridge in so far as  they affect the vessel’s propulsion plant are carried out promptly. 

  • Make regular inspections of machinery and machinery spaces so that at all times he/she is  aware of condition and operational capability of all items of machinery. 

  • Personally superintend the bunkering of the vessel taking care that the quantity and quality  is as ordered. 

  • Arrange all transfers of fuel/lub oil/ballast/fresh water, checking his plans with the Master  prior to actioning. 

  • Prepare all spare gear orders, spare gear inventory lists and ensure spares are sorted  properly, all procedures as per Company instructions.  

  • Is responsible overall, for Engine Room stores, inventories and ensuring storage is correct. Endeavour to maximise efficiency of machinery and equipment in conjunction with Ship’s  Management Team. 

  • Ensure that any repair work undertaken by repair staff under contract is carried out  satisfactorily. 

  • Return to Base Office any Company Reports and Forms agreed by the Company in timely  manner.  

  • Responsible for discipline of all engine room staff as well as the completion of Appraisal  Forms as necessary. 

  • Maintain administration and upkeep of Classification Society Survey requirements of both  hull and machinery. 

  • The security of all watertight compartments in the engine boiler and machinery spaces. To give/receive an appropriate and detailed handover when joining/leaving a Company  vessel. 

  • Give and receive an appropriate/detailed written handover when leaving/joining the Ship. To be fully conversant with the use of all safety equipment, emergency procedures and  vessel contingency plans. 

  • Be familiar with safety routines and ensure necessary safeguards are in place before any work commences.

Successful Candidate

The key person should have:

  • Valid Certificate of Competency as Chief Engineer (Unlimited) STCW III/2
  • Personal Survival Techniques (A-VI/1-1) (Updated within 5 years)
  • Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention (A-VI/1-2) (Updated within 5 years)
  • Elementary First Aid (A-VI/1-3)
  • Personal Safety and Social Responsibility (A-VI/1-4)
  • Proficiency in Security Awareness (A-VI/6-1)
  • Proficiency in Medical First Aid (A-VI/4-1)
  • Advanced Fire Fighting (A-VI/3) (Updated within 5 years)
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats (A-VI/2-1) (Updated within 5 years)
  • Unrestricted Medical Fitness Certificate
  • Valid Passport
  • Ship’s Safety Officer Certificate – Preferred
  • Methodical in approach
  • Good standard of education
  • Position is only open to Nationals who are also residents of a Member State of the European Economic Area and of Switzerland.
  • You will be subject to a security check carried out by the competent Defence services.
  • Working language of the ship is English



Any offer of employment is contingent upon you providing documents to verify your identity and employment eligibility, as required by law.

Applicants are reminded that they will be requested to produce such documentation during the recruitment process.

Please contact a member of the recruitment team if you require further details of acceptable types of documentation required for verification of identity and work authorization. 

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You may submit a written request revoking your consent to this agreement at any time.

Package Description

Excellent Salary 

Corporate Benefits Package 

Relocation Assistance (if applicable)

Further information available from the Serco Europe Recruitment Team

About the Company

Why should you join Serco ?

At Serco not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play.

Meaningful and vital work - You’ll contribute to methodologically intercepting challenges whilst achievements will also be recognised and celebrated.

A world of opportunity - You’ll be wholeheartedly supported with development and career progression

Great people - You’ll become an integral member of a well-defined and supportive team. who believe passionately in the value of our work.

What we offer

  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the public services sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Permanent employment with comprehensive Serco Benefits package.
  • Pension

About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play when managing complex public services.  

We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world, we are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks – SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging. 


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Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities.  Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.

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