Postgraduate and/or Graduate Engineer or Scientist for Consultant Position in CWA

CWA International is a scientific consultancy providing technical advice to the maritime sector.  The Metals and Minerals Department assists their clients in investigating the cause and extent of damage to and by metals and mineral cargoes shipped in bulk in large tonnages.

We are looking to recruit new graduate/postgraduate Engineers or Scientists and/or experienced professionals who are energetic and motivated to apply their knowledge to the international trade of bulk metals and mineral products, including inter alia: base metal concentrates, ores of iron, aluminium, chrome, manganese, coal and fertilizers. All candidates with good degrees will be given due consideration

A background in the mining and mineral industry would strengthen your candidature as would any knowledge of the principles governing the international maritime transport.

Job role and requirements

  • On-site and remote investigations into the cause of loss and damage to consignments of bulk metal and mineral cargoes.
  • Flexibility and willingness to travel internationally at very short notice (Previous experience of travelling or working overseas desirable but not essential).
  • Desk-based forensic review of documents and reporting.
  • Advising on causation of damage, mitigation and prevention of loss.
  • Advising on the handling and storage of metal and mineral products.
  • Technical advice on the sampling of bulk mineral cargoes and subsequent laboratory analysis.
  • Liaising with clients, other interested parties and laboratories in drafting both specification and investigative analysis protocols to be performed on either joint or unilateral basis.
  • Organise/attend joint witnessed analyses at laboratories worldwide.
  • Attending on-board bulk carriers both in the UK and overseas for sampling and cargo operations.
  • Assist with company business development including attending industry events and client seminars.

Personal specification

  • Upper second or first class degree within the relevant scientific/ industry background.
  • Excellent organisational, communication and report writing skills.
  • Analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Self-motivated, able to work independently and within a team.
  • Ability to work to short deadlines.
  • Physically and mentally able and willing to work in ports and industry surroundings.
  • Foreign language skills advantageous but not essential.
  • Previous experience or knowledge of cargo claims handling industry, international trade and commodity logistics beneficial.

Successful applicants will need to combine a broad scientific knowledge with common sense to determine the cause of loss and damage, and to suggest potential remedial actions.

The position is full time in central London and will benefit from initial international training and mentoring. Competitive salary to match experience with the benefit of an established productivity bonus and employee share accumulation scheme. 

Selected applicants will undertake a remote aptitude test prior to being considered for interview. If interested, please apply including detailed cover letter and CV, current remuneration package and details of any notice period / availability by email ( or click the Apply Button.