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Want to work at Marine People?

Grow your expertise.
Expand your impact.

At Marine People, we’re not just another recruitment agency – we know recruitment is more than just filling vacancies. We’re in the business of building futures – for talented shipbuilding professionals and for the companies that shape the seas.

If you’re seeking a career that aligns your interests with continuous learning and professional development, shipbuilding recruitment at Marine People might be your new home.

We’re dedicated to empowering candidates, clients, and one another. Our team share a wealth of resources and experience to deepen your knowledge of the shipbuilding industry. From understanding the latest marine technologies to honing your recruitment expertise, we’ll support your growth as you connect top talent with the companies spearheading global maritime innovation.

Join our team and play a crucial role in shaping the future of maritime innovation.

The Marine People Fundamentals


We go the extra mile for clients and candidates, continuously demonstrating our commitment to exceptional service - join us and see for yourself.


Our team is armed with extensive knowledge, experience and skills to help professionals find their perfect role, and companies recruit the very best talent.


We prioritise the success of our candidates, clients, and internal team. Our commitment is to build strong, long-lasting relationships, and ensure everyone feels valued.

Why work for us

Impact the
global seascape

Every successful placement has a ripple effect. Your efforts become tangible as new vessels are engineered, constructed, and launched. Witness your contribution to the global shipbuilding landscape.

Become an
industry authority

Master the nuances of shipbuilding recruitment – understand the technical skills, project demands, and unique culture of the sector. Be the sought-after expert that companies and candidates trust.

Innovate, Succeed

Join a team of like-minded professionals dedicated to pushing the boundaries of recruitment. Share best practices, develop creative sourcing solutions, and celebrate achievements together.

A company that
invests in you

Marine People provides a launchpad for your career goals. Benefit from structured training, personalised mentorship, and clear pathways for continued professional growth. We’re dedicated to your long-term success.

Enjoy the journey
and the rewards

We champion a work environment where you manage your schedule with flexibility and receive recognition for your achievements. Our compensation and benefits package ensures your hard work pays off.

Find the perfect
work-life balance

We understand that success demands balance. Experience a company culture that prioritises flexibility and staff well-being, so you bring your best self to work each day.

Say hello to our team

Get to know the faces behind Marine People! We’re proud of the hardworking and talented team that drives our success. Hear directly from our recruitment specialists about what makes working at Marine People unique, fulfilling, and fun.

Click on their profiles below to discover their individual experiences and why they’ve chosen to build their careers with us.

James Martin

Founder & Director

I’ve spent the last 15 years immersed in shipbuilding recruitment and have had the privilege of supporting UK and international clients find the best possible talent for their teams.

Throughout my career, I’ve had the privilege of supporting talent at every stage—from fresh-faced graduates eager to make their mark to seasoned executives shaping the industry’s future.

Whether you’re a design house, a bustling shipyard, a key component manufacturer, or part of the vast supply chain, I’m passionate about one thing: delivering a tailored, personable approach to recruitment with results. My success comes from understanding that it’s not just about filling positions; it’s about forging lasting connections with our valued clients and candidates.

Ellen Thomas

Lead Consultant

My career in recruitment began in 2016, with a strong focus on the global shipbuilding industry. I specialise in supporting our UK and International clients throughout the complete shipbuilding lifecycle, from initial design phases to ongoing vessel maintenance. My expertise lies in full-cycle recruitment across ship build, repair, conversion, and design for both technical and professional services roles.

I have had the privilege of serving as a Recruitment Business Partner for the UK Ministry of Defence (DE&S/SDA), where I gained further invaluable insights into the complexities of the sector. My experiences allow me to understand the unique requirements of shipbuilding projects and successfully match skilled individuals with the right opportunities on an international scale.

Dan Martin

Lead Consultant

I joined Marine People February 2019, being with the company for 5 years it has been amazing to see how far the company has come in such a short space of time. Every new addition has been welcomed and grown into a specialist consultant, we share ideas, updates and new approaches to the market we work in. There is a lot of flexibility in our positions and you take ownership of our work, following the recruitment process through it’s full lifecycle which is very satisfying. Working with customers and clients around the world is really engaging and adds something a little different each day.

Away from the office, the team at Marine People are very social. It’s a great team with lots of buzz about it, always looking to the next social meet up which are regularly organised and not to be missed!

Elliot Owen

Senior Recruitment Consultant

Working at Marine People is a pleasure. The team I work with are very friendly and inclusive. We are very supportive and encourage each other to succeed. I feel very fortunate to work for Marine People and the company’s clients.

Hannah Baynton

Shipbuilding Recruitment Consultant

I had always envisioned myself being a qualified teacher, and so that’s the path I took at university. A short while into my degree, I realised this was not what I wanted to do, yet I was unsure of what I did actually want to do! I found myself sticking through and graduating, and moving on to a career within financial services. I was at this firm for around 3 years when I started getting itchy feet and was looking for a new opportunity.

I was fortunate enough to land in contact with James, Director of Marine People, who persuaded me to join the team. With no recruitment experience, I was extremely cautious to take the risk and move but I can now wholeheartedly say that I wish I had jumped ship sooner (pardon the pun!).

Adam Sadler

Shipbuilding Recruitment Consultant

With a great team and effective leadership present, working at Marine People is a home away from home. It is great having like-minded people to work with, always bouncing ideas off one another and supporting each other when needed.

Working at Marine People isn’t just all work. We have great team socials annually including a Summer and Christmas party (and some in between), there is always a great team atmosphere.

Sofia Martins

Shipbuilding Recruitment Consultant

My recruitment journey began when I joined Marine People back in September 2023.

I’d always been curious about recruitment, and after trying different roles, this feels like the perfect fit! The apprenticeship programme through Marine People offered me both a career path and valuable qualifications. The support here is amazing, and I’ve learned so much already. I’m excited to keep connecting clients with great candidates and growing my knowledge of recruitment, shipbuilding, and wider maritime industry.

Sam Farrimond

Shipbuilding Recruitment Consultant

Since joining Marine People in March 2024, my experience has been nothing short of fantastic. The team comprises not only of highly experienced professionals but also individuals who are incredibly welcoming and committed to providing support whenever needed.

Marine People’s reputation speaks for itself, with international collaborations with market leaders in shipbuilding and naval architecture. I am thrilled to be part of this team and look forward to furthering my growth and development as a Delivery Consultant.

James Shreves

Senior Marketing Executive

Honestly, I love working at Marine People. The team here is super supportive, and we’re all about celebrating each other’s wins. It makes a big difference coming to work when you know you’re part of something this positive. The office is always buzzing, which keeps me motivated.

The leadership style here is great – you’re encouraged to take ownership of your work. I get to share my ideas and manage things in a way that works for me. That kind of trust in the workplace is incredibly important to me.

Marine People understands the importance of enjoying life away from our desks too. Our team outings (and the summer and Christmas parties!) are always events to remember.

A glimpse into life at Marine People

At Marine People, we believe that a thriving team spirit is just as important as finding the right placements. We create a strong sense of community through regular social events and outings that let us unwind, forge bonds, and celebrate our successes together.

Take a peek at some of the moments that make us more than just a team.

Interested in joining our team?

If you feel that your expertise and passion could be the perfect fit for our team, we’d love to hear from you. Submit your CV via the link below and let’s explore how your skills can help shape the future of shipbuilding.

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