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Project Manager for Cargo Operations

Vessel Blenders LLC Houston Full-time

The Project Manager-Cargo Operations represents our client's interests, from the field and onboard vessels, by coordinating with all parties to insure accuracy, and efficient operations during the loading, onboard blending and discharging of petroleum cargo to and from maritime vessels.

No prior experience in the petroleum or maritime industries is required. You must have the passion to learn, and possess a proven track record of success as a project manager. The first 90 days of employment will provide the necessary petroleum and maritime industry specific training necessary to perform the duties of the position.

This position requires effective leadership and influencing skills, strong planning & problem solving abilities and discerning attention to detail, to provide the highest level of proactive customer service and professional project management.

This is a shore-based, field-oriented position located in Houston, TX. To apply for this position, use the link at the bottom of this page.


Customer Service
  • Achieve high levels of customer satisfaction on all assignments. Understand our Client’s objectives to be able to effectively represent their interests, anticipate their needs and advance their agenda
  • Frequently check for, and promptly reply to emails, text messages and phone calls
  • Consult with and notify Client and Office regarding project status and schedule, delays, interruptions, anticipated challenges, and successes! Utilize sound judgment to assess urgency of issues and determine appropriate means of, and times to, communicate

Project Management
  • Establish yourself as the primary contact with relevant parties for each assigned vessel, take ownership of the assignment, managing all aspects from berthing to sailing, to achieve client’s objectives
  • Be organized, manage your time & duties to continuously manage your assignment proactively
    • Identify and prevent potential issues & risks as far in advance as possible
    • Anticipate common challenges to prevent or overcome them
    • Strategize how to improve & expedite upcoming operations. Research alternate plans/scenarios
  • Be an active participant to influence success and the project proceeding according to plan
    • Confirm plans are understood by all parties, during all stages, particularly after staff/shift changes
    • Provide advance notice to other parties to insure their timely participation in operations. If you question their ability to meet expectations, escalate the issue as necessary to insure performance
    • Actively monitor and evaluate operations, and performance by other parties, in real time
    • In the event of unexpected results, expedite the collection of facts to accurately assess the situation. Utilize sound judgment to either implement a solution, halt operations, or seek counsel
  • Create and maintain a current project schedule with estimated times of completion for each phase
  • Collect and file required documents, and keep worksheets and tools current in near real time. Adhere to company standards and naming conventions. Expedite internal project closeout process

Cargo Management
  • Track vessel movement, attend and participate in Key Meeting
  • Pre-check all products available volumes at the beginning of assignments, quantify and report any shortages, overages & instances where nominated quantities may result in stops in undesired locations
  • Identify, investigate and report any in-transit differences prior to commencing operations
  • Independently calculate, and then confirm planned stops with all relevant parties to insure consensus and a coordinated effort. Re-confirm stops with all parties prior to reaching them
  • Independently calculate planned and actual product volumes, converting between units of measurement and between observed and net volumes, while accurately compensating for line adjustments, VEF, and other factors as necessary
  • Verify accuracy of line displacements, gauging and sampling. Visually check sample quality
  • Prepare Vessel Cargo Distribution Plans to insure cargo is distributed accurately to each vessel tank, and that the overall loading is compliant with the vessel and voyage requirements and limitations
  • Insure that the vessel crew understands the plan, and their responsibilities during its execution
  • Investigate and report apparent differences and provide explanations for suspected causes


  • Prior experience as a Project Manager
  • No prior experience in the petroleum or maritime industries is required. You must have the passion to learn, and possess a proven track record of success as a project manager. The first 90 days of employment will provide the necessary petroleum and maritime industry specific training necessary to perform the duties of the position.
  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Maintain Active TWIC, valid Driver’s License, Reliable Transportation and continuous Internet Service
  • Currently authorized for extended work in the United States (Citizen or Permanent Resident)
  • Acceptance of the schedule inherent to the maritime/petroleum industry (frequent changes, delays, extended hours, nights, weekends & holidays). Some travel required.
  • Extraordinary attention to detail, accuracy & timeliness. Able to be held to high standards and perform
  • Self-motivated, requiring minimal supervision. Inherent desire to exceed expectations
  • Excellent analytical & problem solving skills to investigate issues, assess complex variables, identify source causes and offer solutions
  • Strong written & verbal communication. Skilled at authoring professional & informative, yet concise emails. Fluent English. Able to effectively communicate with non-native English speaking vessel crews
  • Strong Computer, Software & Smart Phone Proficiency. Apple Mac OS & iOS preferred
  • Able to climb ladders, stairs & vessel gangways. Able to effectively see and maneuver under / over / through or around obstacles present on vessels and in terminals, including stairs, deck/wall/ceiling protrusions, low clearance areas and low traction areas, frequently in low light environments


Candidates fluent in Hindi, Russian, Tagalog or Spanish is helpful, but not required

  • Base Salary + Incentive Plan
  • Meal & Transportation Allowances for days worked
  • Comprehensive health coverage (medical, dental, vision, employee assistance)
  • Generous 401(k) retirement plan with company contributions
  • Short & Long Term Disability, Worker’s Compensation & Life Insurance
  • Monthly cell phone allowance
  • Paid Time Off
  • Travel reimbursements, when required to travel outside the Greater Houston Area

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