Permitting Officer & Route Engineer

Chelmsford, Essex
Job Description



OceanIQ is a specialised data and cable route engineering consultancy. We form part of the wider Global Marine Group, installing and maintaining the world’s critical subsea cable networks. We have an excellent reputation for providing high quality cable route engineering services. We work for companies like Google, Meta, Microsoft and Amazon Web Services as well as the world’s leading submarine telecom companies designing their future subsea fibre optic cables. We also work with some of the leading offshore renewables and power interconnector developers, helping to engineer the power cables the growing green energy revolution relies upon.


We have an exciting opportunity to join our OceanIQ team as a Permitting Officer & Route Engineer.  By joining OceanIQ you will work within our small team of geologists, marine surveyors, GIS experts and permitting specialists..

This is a full-time role supporting permitting and route engineering project delivery. This is a cross-functional role assisting the Permitting Manager and Route Planning Manager.

Within the Permitting team, the role will be to assist in ensuring that all permits, notifications and licenses are identified and obtained for Global Marine Group installation and maintenance projects. This may include assisting with stakeholder liaison as well as supporting with Environmental Assessments

The successful applicant will also assist in the design of power and fibre optic cable routes which mitigate risks and ensure the cable system’s security using a corporate GIS and marine survey data. They will assist in the production of technical design studies which quantify potential risks to future submarine cable systems.

Many of the tasks and activities delivered by this role require specialist knowledge of marine cable permits, survey and installation. A structured in-house training and development program will be provided to provide this knowledge and help personal career development.  The role would suit a recent graduate looking to start or further their career in the submarine cable industry.  

Key Deliverables: 

  • Supporting the Permitting Manager to apply for and obtain permits, licences and approvals to allow construction, installation and maintenance of cable systems (directly or via subcontractor/agent).
  • Development of key relationships within the marine, coastal and terrestrial environments affected by the submarine telecom and submarine power industries.
  • Generation of cable route position lists and straight line diagrams.
  • Assist with the creation of Desk Top Studies (DTS).
  • Willing to travel worldwide to investigate potential landing points and meet with in-country agencies to discuss the permitting requirements associated with telecom and power cable installations.
  • Research into the various influences on cable routeing.
  • Support the Permitting Manager with the continual update of the internal permitting database and continued development of permitting capability.
  • Preparation and Management of GIS databases for desk top studies.
  • Assessment of marine survey data for use in cable routeing and burial analysis.
  • Present internally and externally on work undertaken in this role.

Qualifications, Skills and Experience


  • Experience of using GIS (Intergraph GeoMedia/ESRI) software or equivalent.
  • Educated to a degree level any suitable earth science degrees (Hydrographic Surveying, Marine Geophysics, Applied Marine Geoscience, Survey and GIS, Geography).
  • Basic understanding of marine environmental sensitivities/ ecological pressures.
  • Excellent technical report writing skills.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, including ability to communicate and negotiate with a wide range of people and organisations; and awareness of, and sensitivity to, international cultural differences.
  • Ability to learn new skills and a keenness to develop.
  • An attention to detail and a logical approach.
  • Ability to recognise potential issues and contribute to actively solve problems.
  • Computer literate.


  • Full UK Driving License

This role is Chelmsford office based, 3 times a week, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  Monday and Friday is working remote.

So that our organisation can comply with immigration rules, all potential candidates need to provide evidence of their Right To Work in the UK to apply.  Otherwise your application can not be processed.

About The Company

The Global Marine Group is a leading independent provider of submarine cable solutions offering a broad range of services including consultancy, installation and maintenance covering the lifespan of a submarine cable system and delivered to customers worldwide. 

The Group consists of two business units; Global Marine providing fibre optic cable installation and maintenance solutions to the telecommunications and oil & gas markets, and OceanIQ providing unparalleled subsea cable data, survey, route engineering, permitting and consultancy services for telecom and power cable projects. 

With a global workforce of over 800 talented individuals, together the Group has installed over 315,000 kilometres of subsea telecoms cable, performed maintenance operations on 33% of the worlds fibre optic cables and has detailed data records on over 2.8million km of cable - 97% of all fibre, and 90% of all power cable including, over 6,000 historic cable faults.

The Global Marine Group team is full of passionate people, sharing a wealth of knowledge and constantly achieving excellence. 


Employee Benefits

  • Group Pension with access to Independent Financial Advisor
  • Life Cover – inclusive with Group Pension Plan
  • Private Medical Insurance and Medicash Plan
  • Dental Scheme – at a subsidised cost
  • Fitness Club Subsidy
  • X2 Professional Subscriptions
  •  Cycle Scheme – As per the green initiative, approved by the Government scheme
  • Eye Sight Test contribution
  • Perkbox - employee discount scheme along with a Wellness Hub
  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay
  • 25 days Annual Leave
  • Option to purchase an additional 5 days annual leave per year
  • Long Service Awards
  • Reward & Recognition
  • Referral programme
  • 3 paid volunteer days
  • Free on-site parking - At all sites
  • Employee Assistance programme