Especially this year, following the Coronavirus slowdown impact on all activities, superyacht refit, maintenance or emergency work due before setting off on the summer season can wreak havoc on shipyards… and Palumbo Superyachts Refit Marseille is no exception.
This is where people like Greg come to the rescue.
Serving as knowledgeable and professional liaison, Gregory Isett – Project Manager Coordinator at PSY Refit Marseille shipyard – proactively interfaces with suppliers, designers, contractors and specialists and work with these third parties to ensure a successful outcome of any refit/ maintenance project.
But what does it actually take to be a Project Manager Coordinator?
Let’s learn it from the man himself…
“First of all, a Project Manager Coordinator with an established background should be able to prepare a timeline of key activities, plan resources and manage the quality of jobs. According to the type and extent of the project, very clear delivery deadlines will be set for the distribution of information, the acceptance of drawings and samples, the involvement of Class and Flag State and the arrival of supplies. Late delivery can lead to heavy penalties with shipyards so it’s not a job for the fainthearted!”, explains Greg.
What skills are required to anyone keen to pursue your career?
“As an individual, you will need to have a strong technical background at sea either on yachts or commercial ships and/or boatbuilding, and a commercial understanding of the marine industry is also beneficial. Characteristics such as reputable business acumen, ability to negotiate, excellent problem-solving skills and proven project management experience are all important. Also critical are effective communication and persuasion skills because regular clear communication regarding goals, responsibilities, performance, expectations and feedback will be required for all the stakeholders. Last but not least, you should be able to express opinions – clients pay also for someone to offer clear advice to obtain optimal outcome.
Having said all that, in my opinion the best guarantee for great success in any job is to love what you do.”
Photo credit Sigrun Sauerzapfe aka Siggi