What Does a QMS Manager do?

Thinking about a career in the marine sector? Here we find out what the job involves from one of our team.

 If you are enthusiastic about engineering, construction and all things nautical, then a career in the marine sector could be just the thing for you.

The sector is a broad one, but whatever area you choose, you will need an aptitude and enthusiasm for mechanical and electronic engineering and all aspects of naval construction.

Marine engineers work in both the merchant and leisure sectors, in areas including marine survey, shipbuilding and repair, the design, construction and operation of offshore platforms, and a whole range of other areas.

The work is varied and challenging, and the rewards can be significant. But don’t take our word for it – here, we speak to Mark Smith, QMS Manager, to find out how his time as a Military Engineer has shaped his career at Red7Marine.

What is your job role?

Right now, it is actually in the process of changing. I am currently Quality Manager at Red7Marine, but am transitioning into a new role as Marine Hire Manager.

How did you get into this career?

I left school at 17 to pursue a career in the British Army in an engineering role. After a 25 year army career, I worked for several years in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry. I came onshore just last year, to pursue a career in the Marine Civil Engineering Industry.

What are your qualifications?

Over the years, I have acquired all sorts of skills and qualifications. Practical ones include welding, blacksmithing, plating and sheet metalwork.

I also have qualifications in Mechanical Engineering, Programme & Project Management, Engineering Management, Operations Management, Strategic Management & Leadership and QHSE (Quality, Health, Safety and Environmental) Management.

What does your role include on a daily basis?

I will tell you about my new role as Marine Hire Manager, in which I am proud to be heading up a highly-motivated and driven small Marine Hires Team.

We are the point of contact for customers from the initial enquiry stage, right through to completion of their projects. I am also involved in drawing up and negotiating contracts and charters with clients.

As well as being the client interface, my team and I are also the ones who have to communicate the client requirements to the Red7Marine Operations team and make sure nothing gets “lost in translation.”

What are you currently working on?

There are multiple client enquiries in various stages of progression right now, in a number of locations, including nearshore and within inland waterways.

What do you enjoy most about your role?

No two days are the same, and it is great working in a small, cohesive team, where everyone is dedicated to delivering the best results.

Working with the clients to find solutions to their needs and problems is also very rewarding.

Do you have any tips for people looking to get into a similar career?

As with any career, it is important to have a plan, but be ready to change it when you have to. Choose your path, decide how you are going to achieve your goals, gain as much experience as possible, but most importantly, be flexible along the way.