Crewing Jobs

Jobs within a crewing department are responsible for seagoing staff. As well as a crewing department, it may also be known as a manning department or personnel department. Some companies have people who have dual responsibility for sea and shore. These departments usually also encompass training and development.

Activities within these departments can include the recruitment and selection of seafarers (although many companies will use a separate manning agency). They would also be responsible for crew planning & rotations, training & development, budget planning, payroll and verification of qualifications and certification.

Roles can involve a lot of travel to overseas manning offices and sometimes to vessels themselves.

Example job titles

Head of Crewing, Crewing Director, Head of Marine HR, Fleet Personnel Director, Learning and Development Manager, Senior Crew Training Manager, Fleet Personnel Manager, Regional Crewing Manager, Marine HR Manager, Senior Manning Manager.

Where can I work in a crewing position?

All shipping companies who manage their own crew will have a crewing department. These can be based anywhere in the world, but are often based in some of the bigger crewing hubs, such as Manilla (Philippines), Eastern Europe or India.

Key skills and experience
  • Some roles may require seagoing experience and for heads of department this may include sailing to the rank of master or chief officer/chief engineer. 
  • Similar to roles in HR, people management skills and the ability to communicate and listen are key skills. 
  • Organisational skills are also a must due to the organisation of crew schedules. 
  • The ability to be able to travel at short notice and be available at all times if preferable. 

Get in touch

To find out more about crewing jobs, please get in touch with the team who specialise in these vacancies.


Ollie Mason, Principal Recruitment Consultant


Liam Daly, Principal Recruitment Consultant