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A Purser is a reputable, high-ranking position directly responsible to the Captain and assisting the other HODs, whilst also working closely with Management Companies or the Family Office or Accountant.
A Purser is primarily responsible for the administrative management of a superyacht and all financial matters onboard.
This multi-faceted, technical position is commonly found on larger yachts due to the vast array of duties and responsibilities onboard. On smaller yachts, a Chief Steward or Stewardess takes on this role instead.
What does a yacht Purser do? | Yacht Purser Job Description
Generally speaking, the Purser is in charge of ensuring everything runs smoothly in terms of administration onboard a yacht. This includes an all-encompassing variety of jobs that can be divided into finance, purchasing, contracts, crew administration, yacht administration, charter administration and guest activities.
The responsibilities of a Purser include:
Working with management company accountants to maintain accounts, budgets and other financial reports
Working with Heads of Departments to ensure timely processing of budgets, invoices, payments, credit card and expense reconciliations
Assisting Heads of Departments with purchasing and provisioning
Responsible for administration, accounting, collection and payment of all onboard money
Responsible for all crew administration including payroll
Ensuring all crew certification is up-to-date and correct
Responsible for keeping up-to-date crew and passenger lists and reporting any changes
Responsible for all crew travel and guest travel as required
Performing Customs, Immigration and Port Clearance requirements
Advanced planning and preparation for owner and guest trips, including on-site reconnaissance as required
Pre-arrival destination/event/venue checks for guests, including transport options, security facilities and bookings for events, sightseeing trips and eating out
Planning and directing events and activities for owners and guests ashore
Assisting owner and owner’s representative out of season as required
Soft and hard skills required to be a Purser
The ideal candidate for this role has excellent administrative and organisational skills, is accurate with their work and is computer literate.
As a role at the heart of a yacht's administration, communicating with onshore vendors, contractors, yacht owners and guests in a variety of settings, superior communication skills and diplomacy and delegation qualities are essential.
The skills of a successful yacht Purser include:
Financial management skills
Administration management skills
Knowledge of maritime law
Advanced computer skills
Exceptional organisational skills
Superior communications, organization, diplomacy and delegation
Accuracy and attention to detail
Ability to work under pressure
Mandatory certificates needed to work on board a yacht
All crew members regardless of position and seniority need to have a valid STCW Basic Safety Training certificate, along with a recognised Seafarers medical certificate, the most popular being the ENG1 which is issued by an MCA (Maritime and Coastguard Agency) professional medic.
Without these two certificates, it is not possible for crew to work on board a yacht and a Recruiter will not be able to assist you in finding work onboard a yacht. For more information about mandatory certificates please visit our Mandatory Certificates Guide.
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