Get to know the Stone Marine Services team in 10 questions.
We are putting a face to the name by giving you an insight into the SMS team and understand how we function. First up is the heartbeat of our operations, Judith from Service Support.
Q1: Firstly, Judith, tell everyone about your current role at Stone Marine Services?
A: I suppose it’s fair to say that my role varies. Generally, my role within service support consists of arranging and organising our service engineers to attend vessels. Plus all the additional factors, such as flights, accommodation and tooling etc. Furthermore, I also liaise with the vessel owners and ship managers to raise quotations and PO’s.
Another part of the job I do is, dealing with spare parts. I arrange the order and distribution of spares requests from shipping companies all over the world. Finally, I am heavily involved in arranging and organising the service, manufacturing and repairs of deck machinery onboard military vessels.
Q2: So where did it all begin and when did you join the team?
A: I joined the SMS team in October time 2018. I actually heard about a position through a friend and at the time, I was looking for a new challenge. Also, I had never worked in the marine industry before, so it seemed like an exciting opportunity.
Q3: What’s the most challenging aspect of your job?
A: I think to be reactive continually is challenging. Service can change on an hourly basis, and therefore my daily priorities fluctuate to correspond with this. I pretty much need to be ready for any eventuality.
Q4: WFH, how has that changed your role?
A: I don’t think this has changed my role all that much. Being able to sign-in remotely allows me to carry out my role from home, I suppose the only drawback is running out of printer ink!
Q5: What is it about working in the marine industry that you enjoy most?
A: If I’m honest, I find all aspects of the marine industry extremely interesting, every day is different and it’s certainly never boring.
Q6: From your time in the office, what’s been the most satisfying job you’ve been involved in?
A: Again, there have been countless occasions where I have been involved in providing service support in various rewarding projects but it’s difficult to name one.
Q7: Hypothetically, if you could work in any area/role within the industry, what would it be and why?
A: I would be a service engineer for the reason that I would like to go and complete the jobs that I organise. Also, meeting the people who are at the end of an email or telephone call. It would be great to see the whole processes required.
Q8: Ok, so away from the office, what do you do with your time (pre-COVID)?
A: Eh, work, I do a lot of that. I also like to drink wine, lots of that as well. Also, meeting friends, going for long walks and I enjoy the cinema. I spend a lot of time playing the guitar as well.
Q9: And with the current situation, we’ve all been watching a lot of television. What’s your top 3 must-watch series?
1) Schitt’s Creek
2) The Crown
3) Making a Murderer
Q10: Finally, shut the laptop, you’ve got 3 things left on your bucket list. What are they?
1) Go to Australia
2) Build my own house
3) Do a parachute jump