The Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) is the most senior person on the platform or vessel. The OIM is ultimately responsible for the continuous operations and all health & safety aspects on the installation.

You will liaise with your health and safety representative to improve standards of safety and oversee daily production operations to ensure that targets are being met. The OIM will also ensure that the managers and their teams are operating as they should and in the event of an emergency they will manage the situation.

Salary and Progression

With responsibility comes remuneration. Your typical salary will start at £55,000-£75,000 but with experience will rise to in excess of £100,000. From here you can look to manage larger installations and then manage the commissioning or decommissioning of projects which are deemed more challenging.

Training and Experience Requirements

To be eligible for this role you will have extensive offshore experience in a variety of roles and at senior levels. If you plan to move into this position you can apply to take over the OIM position for short periods of time, providing cover to the full-time OIM.

You will be required to achieve an OPITO OIM Certificate as well as advanced health & safety certificates such as:

  • IOSH Managing Safely
  • Emergency Response Team Leader
  • Emergency First Aid and Incident Management

These certificates vary by company and job role, as you progress through your career you should explore the certificates commonly requested. In addition you will be required to maintain your basic offshore certificates including:

  • MIST
  • CA-EBS
  • Shoulder Measurements
  • Offshore Medical

It is likely that an employer will ask for other certificates too. It’s always a good idea to look at a range of job posts.