Mark Smith, QMS Manager / Marine Hires Manager – Red7Marine
After 25 years as a metalsmith with the REME as the Senior Engineering Operations Manager of a large multi-trade Battalion of Military Engineers, Mark had a successful transition into the oil and gas industry in East Anglia with CLS Offshore in Gorleston.
Mark Smith joined CLS Offshore as Manufacturing Manager of onshore operations in September 2013, during his time there he managed onshore operations across two local sites, he was also responsible for multiple fabrication projects as a project manager. He had previously spent 25 years in the REME as a Metalsmith (welder, blacksmith, plater and sheet metalworker), Master Welder for 16 Air Assault Brigade. Mark had been researching the different career paths that he could transfer into on completion of his colour service. The offshore engineering sector was his preferred choice.
Mark moved on to Orwell Offshore in Woodbridge in July 2015, where he was the QHSE Manager of a firm of Naval Architects and Offshore Engineers, responsible for maintaining and managing company quality and health and safety ISO accreditation, training of all quality procedures and development of project management systems in respect of the front end engineering design, consultancy, project management, manufacture and maintenance of FPSO bow mounted turrets and mooring buoy systems which are deployed worldwide.
In October 2016 Mark started work with Red7Marine as the Quality Management Systems Manager, responsible for the ISO 9001: 2015 and OHSAS 18001: 2007 accreditations for the business and the quality management systems that achieve them. More recently he has taken on the role of Marine Hires Manager, where he heads up a small dedicated team responsible for the creation and negotiation of contracts/charters for an extensive marine fleet of jack up and flat top barges that are utilised for nearshore, offshore and inland waterways for Marine construction, renewables O&M works and site investigations. Communicating client requirements to Red7Marine Operations and acting as the main POC for Red7Marine Client base from enquiry stage through to completion of project.
“I am still enjoying the challenges and fast pace of business associated with the Marine Civil Engineering industry nearly four years on from transitioning from the British Army. The current state of the market means that companies need to be ever more efficient, and lean with business delivery to adapt and overcome”.