Position Description

Assistant Manager, Marine Personnel - 12 Month Limited Term Employment
Company - Location Seaspan Marine - North Vancouver, BC
Employment Duration Full-time limited term salaried
Posting # 3743
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Assistant Manager, Marine Personnel - 12 Month Limited Term Employment

The Assistant Manager, Marine Personnel is responsible for all training and career progression plans for marine personnel, as well as crewing and personnel issues pertinent to the Company’s seagoing personnel. The Assistant Manager acts as the back-up Manager for the department, indirectly supervises department personnel, advocates for marine personnel while balancing the business needs and attends meetings and negotiations on behalf of the Manager. This is a 12-month limited term contract position.

Duties and Accountabilities

  • Investigates and resolves disputes and personal conflicts for seagoing personnel.
  • Applies and interprets collective agreement and, determines appropriate dynamic discipline measures and corrective actions as per policies and collective agreements. Liaises with Human Resources and Labour Relations as needed.
  • Collaborates with the Operations Supervisor and Manager on the job postings process.
  • Builds and implements the education and training plans for all Mariners working for Seaspan and all its divisions and partnerships.
  • Works with Vessel Operations and HSEQ to consolidate existing standards and develop new standards, policies, and procedures to support training, education, and talent development for seagoing personnel to ensure consistent, transparent, and effective training and career progression within the fleet.
  • Supports Officers to develop their abilities to hold effective performance assessment conversations and work closely with Vessel Operations to build and implement effective performance improvement plans for seagoing personnel.
  • Works with Learning and Development to create, identify, and implement courses and programs to improve people management skills such of leadership, conflict resolution, and effective crew management for prospective and current Officers.
  • Assists in management and development of a consistent recruitment, selection, and onboarding processes for seagoing positions to ensure optimum crewing levels are maintained. Coordinates community outreach and recruitment events such as job fairs, school tours and visits.
  • Builds, implements, and manages the succession planning program for seagoing personnel, including working with the Vessel Operations department to develop and implement a competency-based training and career progression program.
  • Creates and maintains a clear career path and training from Deckhand to Captain anchored in Company training programs.
  • Identifies training needs for seagoing personnel and coordinates marine training/schooling programs which include coordination of education approvals, tuition reimbursement, and return to work schedules, ensuring required certifications are in place and crewing needs are balanced with training and education needs.
  • Works with Vessel Operations to create, manage, and report on the training and education budget based on company needs.
  • Champions and supports full inclusion by embedding Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion principles and practice into all recruitment, training, and career development initiatives.
  • Evaluates and reports on the effectiveness of training, education, and career progression initiatives.
  • Supports the Manager, Marine Personnel, by indirectly supervising department personnel and may attend meetings including contract negotiation preparation (S.I.U., C.M.S.G, I.L.W.U.) and hearings (Arbitration, Human Rights Commission, Labour Board) ensuring smooth operation of the department in the absence of the Manager.

Qualification Requirements

  • Post-secondary degree or diploma in a related subject area such as business administration, human resources or marine operations.
  • 5-7 years of experience in a Human Resources, Finance, or in an Operations leadership capacity including at least two years of marine industry experience in a supervisory role
  • Experience in and in-depth understanding of the interpretation of union collective agreements.
  • Experience in the negotiations process is considered an asset.

Skills, Knowledge and Required Competencies

  • Knowledge of Tow Boat vessel operations.
  • Understanding of Marine Operations.
  • Problem solving, conflict resolution and communication skills.
  • Leader of change management.
  • Knowledge of the Canada Labour Code, Canada Shipping Act, and Marine Personnel Regulations.
  • Understanding of payroll systems, processes and employee health and wellness plans
  • including disability, entitlement and eligibility
  • Proficient computer skills in Microsoft Word and Excel.


Seaspan is committed to Employment Equity, supports diversity in the workplace, and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including, women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, and persons with disabilities. Furthermore, we are committed to providing an inclusive and accessible environment. If you require reasonable accommodation during the recruitment process, please let us know, and we will work with you to support your request.

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