Offshore quality manager


An offshore quality manager is responsible for overseeing quality control, assurance processes, development, implementation, and maintenance of processes. This includes the identification of risks and proposing alternative technical options or mitigation measures. They provide technical advice and support in planning, implementing, and maintaining the Project Quality Management System (PQMS) and other quality-related systems. They ensure that all project activities, including design, construction, and maintenance, comply with relevant industry standards and regulatory requirements.

Lifecycle stages

Installation, operations and maintenance.

Typical employer

Developer or EPCI contractor.

Place of work

Onshore in an office, port and construction site. Could also be placed offshore on a vessel at the wind farm site.

Typical working pattern

Full-time. At far-shore projects, offshore quality managers usually live on vessels and typically work two-weeks-on and two-weeks-off. Flexible working arrangements may be available for onshore based jobs.

Education, training and qualifications

Minimum NFQ level 7, in a relevant field such as quality management, engineering, and/or relevant certifications such as the Certified Quality Management certificate is required.

Experience (at least 5 years) in quality management in a relevant industry, such as maritime or construction. Including experience in quality management systems and knowledge of industry standards and regulatory requirements.

Graduate and apprenticeship schemes are available at NFQ level 7 and NFQ level 4, respectively.

For offshore work, the following is required (may be provided by the employer):

  • Seafarers Offshore Medical

  • Global Wind Organisation Basic Safety Training and,

  • Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)

Typical entry position & transferable sectors

Entry roles can include quality inspectors, engineers, supervisors or technicians.

Highly transferable from similar industries such as oil and gas, energy systems, rail and transport and construction.

Career possibilities

Offshore quality managers can progress to become senior quality managers, project managers and quality directors.

Full time salary estimate

€60,000-€100,000 per year, depending on experience. This salary range is for this specific role.