Issue 516
19 December 2017:


Rovco successfully completes Wave Hub survey project

UK-based Rovco has successfully completed a subsea cable survey and inspection for the world’s largest and most technologically advanced offshore renewables test site, Wave Hub. The inspection programme included the first commercial trial of Rovco’s 3D visualisation technology to create scaled, high resolution models of subsea infrastructure with millimetre accuracy.

Rovco also delivered a detailed bathymetric survey utilising a state-of-the-art multibeam echosounder (MBES), alongside an ROV video inspection with ultra-short baseline tracking for Wave Hub’s entire offshore cable network, off the coast of Saint Ives Bay, Cornwall.

The 3D system, collects raw data which is then processed to obtain 3D volumetric information, ensuring a true representation of the underwater environment. With short mobilisations and no need for large specialist vessels or technical support teams, the system generates cost savings of up to 80% compared with traditional survey methods.

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Ashtead teams up with Newton Labs to deliver underwater inspection for Subsea 7

Global subsea equipment specialist, Ashtead Technology has successfully delivered an advanced subsea laser scanning project for Subsea 7 on Chevron’s Captain field located in the UK North Sea. The project saw Ashtead carry out a well inspection utilising Newton Lab’s M210UW and M3200UW subsea laser scanning systems.

Ashtead designed and engineered bespoke deployment tools that enabled the scanning systems to accurately capture subsea scans at water depths of 110 meters using divers. The scope of work included an internal casing inspection and a horizontal mapping survey to capture more than 100 short and long range scans. This allowed Ashtead to successfully generate a 3D model of the structure with sub-millimetre accuracy.

The subsea laser scanning systems were fully tested at Ashtead’s purpose built facility in Westhill, Aberdeenshire before undergoing a simulated dry-run for the client ahead of deployment. The project was mobilised within two weeks of the contact being awarded and was completed on time and within budget.

The contract marked Newton Labs’ first subsea project using its recently launched M3200UW laser scanner. The system can operate with either a scanning or a fixed laser line to measure underwater objects to 0.02 millimetre accuracy. Designed for ROV or diver deployment, the tool is fitted with a high resolution camera, allowing data to be streamed live, in real-time for maximum efficiency.

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Predicting the movement of unexploded ordnance in the North Sea

If their locations are not precisely known, the presence of unexploded wartime ordnance in the sea can present an obvious hazard, such as during the construction of offshore grid connections, and, in particular, during the laying of cables to bring offshore wind energy to shore. HR Wallingford has been using its Fast Flow Facility to help TenneT and the University of Rostock to obtain data that will help to predict the movement of unexploded ordnance in the North Sea.

Potential sites for offshore cable routes and platform locations undergo a dedicated unexploded ordnance (UXO) survey, often followed by the identification and disposal of debris and, in a few cases, of UXO prior to installation. While these surveys allow UXO locations to be pinpointed on a particular date, the action of currents and waves may mean that the UXO migrate over time, making it necessary to repeat these UXO measures, for example in the case of a cable repair.

Funded by TenneT, the University of Rostock in Germany has developed a model of unexploded ordnance movement for which it has already conducted small-scale modelling at the University. Now, with co-funding from TenneT, a leading European electricity transmission system operator (TSO) that supplies electricity to 41 million end-users in the Netherlands and Germany, this new project is seeking to generate large-scale data to better inform and validate this model.

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Aleron Subsea Technology in £145bn Salvage Operation

Aberdeenshire-based ROV solutions provider, Aleron Subsea has boosted its track record by recently taking part in a salvage project in the Atlantic Ocean, utilising its AUXROV subsea system.

Aleron and the AUXROV were selected by James Fisher Marine and Britannia’s Gold Ltd to assist with a high-profile salvage operation, targeting wrecks that were sunk during the First and Second World Wars. During both wars, some 7,500 merchant ships were sunk of which approximately 700 were identified as carrying shipments of gold under UK Government direction.

Britannia’s Gold Ltd has been established to finance the recovery of targeted cargoes and return them to the UK for the benefit of the government, investors and merchant marine charities. This inaugural salvage work scope takes place after 25 years of planning, and the successful completion of a significant crowdfunding campaign.

The AUXROV work scope comprised over 850 lifts, moving over 500 tonnes of debris with three different hydraulic grabs, and providing real time information on the grabbed materials. During simultaneous operations with two work class ROV systems, it then provided power and assistance in dredging operations on the wreck. Remaining in the water for up to 90 hours at certain stages, the AUXROV was able to enter several constrained, hard to reach areas of the site assisting in the overall efficiency of the operation.

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N-Sea and University of Strathclyde collaborate for practical implementation of deep learning for subsea video annotation

Integrated subsea service provider, N-Sea, and the University of Strathclyde’s Institute of Sensors Signals and Communications at the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, have developed a deep learning video annotation model for automatic eventing of subsea survey video.

The project is supported by The Data Lab Innovation Centre with the collaboration by combining the state-of-the-art inspection expertise of N-Sea and the innovative data analytics research at the University of Strathclyde.

The algorithm developed by the project annotates video frames from three general-purpose ROV cameras, automatically and in real-time. Whilst time consuming, the task of identifying events in the video footage is relatively straight forward for an expert operator. However, results are frequently affected by sand agitation, sea-life or vegetation. The approach taken by the project team utilises ensembles that combine the output of three classifiers operating on the three video streams, port, starboard and centre independently.

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Riptide Autonomous Solutions announces expansion of UUV payload options

The ease of integration of payloads into the Riptide product line of UUVs has been a key value proposition for diverse customers. This flexibility was recently demonstrated by the rapid integration of a new sonar and a WiFi data system.

Riptide recently participated in a US SOCOM effort to evaluate diver assistance aids.

In this program a Klein 3500 Combined Side Scan and Interferometric Sonar was integrated into a Riptide 1MP 1 Man Portable 7.5” (190mm) diameter UUV/AUV in less than 4 working days. This rapid integration was followed by successful field demonstrations.

The Klein 3500 is an excellent example of the high-performance sensors that can be easily integrated onto the Riptide UUV/AUV platforms. The combined data set of the 3500 has been shown to increase the Probability of Detection (Pd) for small and difficult targets, providing an effective alternative to the size and complexity of a Synthetic Aperture Sonar (SAS).

In a second situation, Riptide was provided with a µUUV® payload section containing an underwater WIFI sensor installed by the instrument manufacturer. Riptide added nose and tail sections to this third party produced payload section and, the vehicle then completed demonstrations of the underwater WIFI in both a pool and offshore operating environments.

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Bibby Offshore completes multi-million-pound contract with Maersk Oil UK

Bibby Offshore, a leading subsea services provider to the oil and gas industry, has successfully completed a multi-million-pound contract with Maersk Oil UK, providing both subsea structure and pipeline inspection support in the UKCS.

The four-week campaign, completed in October this year, saw Bibby Offshore’s subsea support and construction vessel, Olympic Bibby, operate across Maersk Oil’s Gryphon and Dumbarton fields. The workscope was also supported by Bibby Offshore’s project management team based in Westhill, Aberdeen.

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Impact Subsea and SCHOLZ Distribution Agreement

Impact Subsea is pleased to announce the appointment of SCHOLZ Ingenieur Büro as a distributor of Impact Subsea products within Germany.

SCHOLZ will provide local support for Impact Subsea’s range of underwater Altimeters, Depth Sensors, Attitude and Heading Reference Systems.

Based in Fokbek, Germany, SCHOLZ Ingenieur Büro operate largely in the fields of underwater and environmental meteorology. The company has a strong focus on providing complete solution packages for marine research, offshore and environmental engineering.

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Ampelmann offers innovative solution to meet new lifeboat safety regulations

The oil and gas industry has just 18 months to upgrade critical release hook systems on offshore lifeboats to meet new regulations imposed by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) to improve safety at sea. According to the organisation, the number of failures during drills and inspections which resulted in casualties or injured crew members has been unacceptably high. Launched in 2011, the IMO regulations state that lifeboat release and retrieval systems must be evaluated and replaced no later than 1 July 2019. This will involve the complex and costly removal, retrofit and replacement of lifeboat systems globally.

Ampelmann is offering its Atlas motion-compensated lifeboat exchange system to the oil and gas industry to provide a faster, safer and more cost-effective alternative to traditional procedures which can be performed within a wider operational window. The Atlas system can also be used to transfer large pieces of equipment and delicate or complex cargo as well as replacing lifeboats to meet personnel on board (POB) requirements.

The Atlas system involves the lifeboat being lowered directly onto the cradle of an active heave compensated installation system located on the deck of the supply vessel. The hexapod absorbs any vessel movement in significant wave heights up to 3.5 metres, while the davit retrieves the lifeboat from a fixed horizontal position. It can also be used for multiple change outs across several assets within the same operation, both on conventional and free-fall lifeboats.

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Geotek X-ray CT equipment helps identify when and how the British-Irish ice sheets came to an end

The Britice-Chrono project is a five-year £3.7m UK Research-Council-funded project, aiming to gather data that reveals key details of past movements of ice shelves on Earth. The project joins leading scientists at nine universities, the British Geological Survey (BGS) and the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).

Following two years of studying the samples collected both onshore and offshore, the first results have been published. Dr Tom Bradwell of the University of Stirling collected high resolution (c.70 micron per pixel) X-ray images, using the Geotek XCT at Geotek’s specialist core logging laboratory, based in Daventry, UK.

The high resolution X-ray images of glacial sediments were critical to observing the plethora of thin laminations of mud, silt and sand which have settled out of meltwater from the front of an enormous partly-floating glacier. Non-destructive X-ray imaging of these core samples also enabled the identification of shells useful for age dating of these sediments and gravels that have fallen from icebergs and ice sheets thousands of years ago.

The X-ray scan collected from the Geotek XCT by Dr Tom Bradwell will be analysed by his team to help improve forecasts for the future of decaying ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica.

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Ecospeed chosen for scrubber outlets

Subsea Industries’ glass-flake, non-toxic hard coating Ecospeed has been chosen to protect the exhaust scrubber outlets of three newbuild container vessels building at a yard in Zhoushan, China.

A durable coating was required, with the ability to withstand the very high exhaust gas temperatures and the chemical pollutants encountered in this application. Scrubbers are intended to filter out oxides of sulphur and harmful hydrocarbons, soot, particulates, heavy metals and ashes to prevent pollution of the atmosphere. Some scrubbers, such as those fitted to these vessels, can also reduce the amount of nitrogen oxides and carbon gases.

However, according to Subsea Industries, some shipowners have experienced damaged pipework at the outlet end of the scrubber system due to the highly corrosive wash waters produced during the exhaust gas cleaning process.

Ecospeed’s durability has been proven by the fact that classification society DNV GL awarded it the highest B1 classification following tests of its suitability as a ballast tank coating. B1 is the superior grade in a six-grade classification system.

Independent research has shown Ecospeed to be 100% toxin-free, with no adverse environmental effects resulting from its use or application, unlike other coatings which can contain biocides, copper or tin compounds.

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Hydrex cracks tank repair without delaying vessel

Hydrex recently carried out a repair to a crack in the port side grey water tank of a 145m chemical tanker. The damage was permanently repaired by Hydrex technicians, using an insert, during the vessel’s routine port call in Amsterdam.

The Hydrex team of diver/technicians began by carrying out a comprehensive inspection of the damaged area, working both underwater and onboard. The crack was found to be 480mm long, and had split in two at the port side end. The proposed repair was discussed with the vessel’s superintendent and the attending class surveyor, the decision being to install an insert, 700mm long and 300mm wide.

The engineers took measurements of the rounded hull shape using a special frame. This enabled a steel mobdock to be fabricated that would precisely fit the hull profile. The mobdock and insert plate were both rapidly made from stock materials at the fast response centre of the Hydrex headquarters in Antwerp, and transported to Amsterdam without delay.

The Hydrex team on site installed the mobdock and cut away the metal surrounding the crack, including part of the frame above the crack. The diver/technicians then positioned and fixed the new insert plate, using the Hydrex class-approved full-penetration welding procedure. After the newly-fitted insert plate had been closely inspected and approved by an independent NDT (non-destructive testing) inspector and the class surveyor, the Hydrex team reinstated the frame over the affected area.

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Marine-i event will showcase world-class testing facilities at COAST Lab, 1 February 2018

The unique COAST Lab testing facility at Plymouth University will be the star attraction at Marine-i’s next Discovery Room event, which will be hosted at the university on Thursday 1 February.

Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Marine-i provides support for the marine technology sector in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Its Discovery Room events are designed to draw together all the very latest thinking and expertise on a specific theme of marine technology, to give businesses a comprehensive overview of the topic in an interactive, one-day session.

COAST Lab is a state-of-the-art hydrodynamic testing facility. It can generate short and long-crested waves in combination with currents at any relative direction in deep water. Investigations into sediment dynamics and the effects of wind in the marine environment can also be carried out. As a result, COAST Lab is ideally suited to environmental modelling, coastal engineering and the testing of scalable marine technology.

Businesses attending the event will be given a ‘masterclass’ in how COAST Lab can be used to test and trial new marine technologies, so that products and services can be developed to their full potential.

Attendance at this event is free. Delegates can see full details and register here:

3rd European Dredging Summit, 28 Feb – 1 Mar 2018, Bremen, Germany

The latest in ACI’s global series of dredging summits, the 3rd European Dredging Summit (28 Feb-1 March 2018) will once again bring together leading experts and stakeholders from across the sector for two days of engaging presentations and interactive discussions tackling the latest challenges and opportunities facing the global dredging industry.

The world’s economic and physical landscapes are shifting. Changes in climate, funding and global trade are mirrored in changing client needs and contractor offerings.

Join them for a balanced programme of technical, commercial, environmental and case-study-based discussions, and to meet industry thought leaders and senior-level decision-makers in an informal environment ideal for sharing ideas and making new contacts.

The standard delegate rate is £1,595 (ex.VAT) which includes attendance of the two day conference, all speakers’ presentations, lunches and networking opportunities as well as documentation from the event, while the £195 early bird discount expiring next Friday, 22nd December is reducing this rate to £1,400 (ex.VAT).

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H-Scientific Ltd. demonstrates the integration of SPECTRE Vessel Control System on the 16’ WAM-V Autonomous vessel

H-Scientific Ltd working in conjunction with the WAM-V 16’ (Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel- 16-foot catamaran) from Marine Advanced Research Inc. (MAR) demonstrated mission planning, collision avoidance and sonar deployment in a recent sea trial in the UK.

Over the course of five days, H-Scientific Ltd demonstrated the control of the WAM-V in various sea states up to Wind Force 3. The vessel was used as a technology demonstrator for collision avoidance, navigation for survey purposes, sidescan sonar deployment, power management and remote communications.

H-Scientific Ltd is a market leading technology provider to the autonomous marine market. HSL provides ShipSim (Vessel simulators), SPECTRE and Micro-SPECTRE autopilots, PMM (Power Management Module) and many other electronic modules for autonomous vessels.

The Wave Adaptive Modular Vessel (WAM-V) is an innovative class of watercraft (both autonomous and manned) using unique suspension technology to radically improve seagoing capabilities. The articulating system uses springs, shocks and ball joints to minimize structural loading. The result is an ULTRA-LIGHT, MODULAR vessel that can perform in sea conditions where an ordinary boat of similar size could no longer operate.

For more information about H-Scientifics’ product range and project services, visit or call 0044 (0)2392 267607. For information on the adaptable range of WAM-V products please visit or email [email protected].

The Underwater Centre supports training on advanced submarine rescue system

The Underwater Centre, one of the world’s leading providers of subsea testing and training, based on the tidal waters of Loch Linnhe in Fort William, has successfully delivered two bespoke ROV and Hyperbaric System Acquaintance training courses as well as providing 19 days of operational support to JFD, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, as part of their training delivery to one of the world’s largest navies.

Training delivery began with their Specialist Diving Team creating and delivering a theoretical and practical 4-day Hyperbaric Systems Acquaintance Course to 12 delegates covering topics such as hyperbaric systems, chamber control and procedures, gas handling and analysers, plus an overview of decompression tables. Delegates also received practical experience of the barge-based saturation system; diving bell, transfer lock and main chamber.

For the practical training, JFD teamed up with U-Boat Worx with the provision of their SYS3.21 3-person submersible allowing the delegates to become familiar with submersible operations.  JFD also used a range of The Underwater Centre’s facilities to store and mobilise the submersible, as well as deliver the training; including 30T crane, mechanical workshop, classrooms, FRC, workboat fitted with a crane and flat-bed truck.

A theory and vessel-based bespoke 2-day ROV Acquaintance Course was also created and delivered, incorporating the Centre’s onshore workshop, WROV VMAX simulator and vessel-based operational WROV and Launch & Recovery System (LARS). Delegates received a range of informative lectures around ROV systems, standard operational procedures including pre-dive checks and LARS procedures. The bespoke course concluded with practical learning on-board our dedicated WROV vessel where LARS operations and procedures were practiced.

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New UK managing director appointed at Harris Pye

Nigel Hopkins has been appointed Managing Director of Harris Pye UK Ltd based at the company’s headquarters in Llandow in Wales. He joined Harris Pye on 1st May this year working alongside Dave Hayden, the company’s retiring Managing Director at the Harris Pye UK headquarters in Llandow, South Wales before officially taking over from Dave Hayden on 1st October 2017.

Nigel Hopkins started his engineering career in the merchant navy spending 13 years sailing on a variety of vessels including oil tankers, gas tankers and cruise ships working for companies including BP, Mobil, and Cunard Line eventually qualifying and sailing as Chief Engineer, something to which other senior Harris Pye team members can also lay claim.

He then made a career move into the offshore oil and gas industry where he spent the following 20 years and was involved with new builds, conversions and upgrade projects of both floating and fixed platforms for global companies including ConocoPhillips, Bluewater Energy and BW Offshore. He was primarily involved with the commissioning and start-up phases. Based in the Far East for the past 15 years, since 2007 he was Technical Director at offshore oil and gas project management and completions specialised company, Tecnomar & Associates Pte Ltd, the company he founded with his brother Paul Hopkins.

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Systems Integration Engineer, OSIL, Havant, Hampshire

Ocean Scientific International Ltd is a leading supplier of bespoke environmental monitoring and sampling equipment. Using state of the art technology and innovation we deliver tailored solutions to an international customer base spanning marine, freshwater and terrestrial applications.

Due to ongoing expansion OSIL are looking to recruit an additional Scientific Systems Engineer to assist with the design, build, installation of Met Ocean and scientific systems.

Joining the Systems Team, you will use your skills to assist in solving client problems then assisting with the design, build and install multi-instrument environmental monitoring platforms worldwide. This varied role will see you support the development of products, improve and add to the Systems Team capabilities. Teamwork is at the heart of this role as you work closely with the customer and experts from other organisations.

The role includes:

Assist with the design and build of environmental monitoring systems

Specifying and procuring components

Testing and integrating equipment

Configuring communications (VHF, GSM, Satellite)

Configuration and testing of real-time data acquisition software

Installation, commissioning and maintenance world-wide

Preparation of technical documentation

Remote support to clients

While you will be based at OSIL in Havant, Hampshire, you will also be required to work overseas and UK.

Position Requirements:

Experience with scientific or commercial instrumentation

Electrical/Electronic Engineering or Science qualifications

Strong computing and IT knowledge

Embedded Software Development

Able to work in the offshore environment

Candidates must be fluent in written and spoken English and confident working at heights

Accurate analysis skills for both data and with high precision scientific instruments

Salary: Starting salary according to experience

Please apply in writing with CV, to Kay Snooks, OSIL, Culkin House, C7/C8 Endeavour Business Park, Penner Road, Havant, Hampshire PO9 1QN, UK.  Email [email protected]

Hydrographic Data Processor, Fugro, Portchester, Hampshire, UK

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two hydrographic data processors to join Fugro, one of the leading global hydrographic and geophysical survey companies.


Key Responsibilities:

Process and report on hydrographic data. Datasets include but are not limited to multibeam echosounder, multibeam backscatter, GNSS and USBL;

Acquire and quality-control hydrographic data. Datasets include but are not limited to multibeam echosounder, multibeam backscatter, GNSS and USBL;

Assist with mobilisation and demobilisation of vessels;

Assist with tendering and commercial work;

Assist with geophysical equipment maintenance;

Author, update and follow work instructions and procedures;

Train and supervise less experienced staff in hydrographic processing;

Ensure current QHSSE policies and practices are adhered to;

Work closely with the other Fugro survey teams worldwide.


Qualifications: Hydrographic qualification. Bachelor’s degree in hydrographic survey or other closely-related subject is desirable but not essential.


Experience: Academic experience of processing hydrographic survey data (i.e., multibeam, tides, backscatter, GNSS); Experience of processing hydrographic data in a commercial environment, including offshore is desirable but not essential.


The following attributes are essential:

Good English language skills, verbal and written;

Experience of QPS QINSy, CARIS HIPS/SIPS and/or Applanix POSPac processing software;

Understanding of hydrographic processing principles;

Excellent computer literacy, including working experience of Microsoft Office;

Excellent attention to detail, quality and safety;

Able to manage own time and deliver to tight deadlines;

Able to work flexible hours and travel when required;

Able to work offshore for periods of up to 6 weeks.


The following attributes are desirable:

Live within commutable distance of Fugro’s Portchester office;

Experience of working offshore;

Experience in defence, oil and gas, ocean science and/or renewables industries.


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Marketing Coordinator, OceanWise

As part of their continued growth, OceanWise are looking to recruit a Marketing Coordinator to support their promotional and sales activities internationally. The successful candidate will be responsible for implementing OceanWise’s marketing plan and contributing to the plan as they grow into the role.

The role includes the following duties:

Understanding and maintaining details of OceanWise’s portfolio of products and services.

Creating and managing content for OceanWise’s promotional material, press releases and online presence, including the company’s quarterly newsletter and periodic campaigns.

Liaison with external designers, web developers and printers, ensuring the company’s objectives are met and its high standards maintained.

Manage and attend OceanWise’s presence at exhibitions and conferences, including the company’s annual workshops.

Undertake market research activities, including customer surveys and following up sales enquiries and opportunities.

Educated to degree level or above, the ideal candidate will have held a marketing position in a technology related company. Knowledge of the marine environment or the maritime or upstream energy sectors is beneficial but not essential.

For further information, please visit or download the full job description here. Interested applicants should send covering letter and CV for the attention of Janet Lockey at [email protected]

Business Account Manager, UTM, Cornwall, UK

UTM is a fast-growing business based in Cornwall with a proven track record in the marine energy industry supplying contract personnel solutions to global clients.

UTM are growing rapidly, and an excellent opportunity exists for an inspiring, growth orientated, and success driven individual to join their sales team, working directly with the Operations Director who will train and support you to make this a success. The successful candidate will already be employed as a high achieving professional in a sales orientated business environment. Experience within the industry is not essential, UTM are interested in the individual and how they will develop with the business. If you do have relevant industry experience, all the better.

UTM demands the best and offers unlimited potential, the successful candidate will have the opportunity to succeed professionally in a dynamic global business. If you are a highly motivated, ambitious, experienced professional who is driven to succeed in their professional life we want to hear from you.

As Business Account Manager you’ll be responsible for building and maintaining relationships with UTM’s clients and consultants to ensure they provide the highest quality service offering in the market. You’ll be measured against KPI’s to ensure UTM drive their performance and maintain their level of service to customers.

The Successful Applicant will:

Manage a portfolio of accounts – build strong relationships and exceed client expectations to ensure client satisfaction.

Candidate attraction, engagement and retention through superior service levels.

Increasing sales through proactive account management.

Attend client and candidate meetings in the UK and Globally as required.

Managing candidate’s performance and troubleshooting any issues to ensure that clients and candidates are consistently satisfied.

Delivering against service level agreements.

Working towards key performance targets.

Apply in confidence to [email protected]

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