Rowan Companies is a global provider of offshore contract drilling services, founded in 1923 on the principle, “People are more important than machines and tools.”

We are a market leader with one of the youngest fleets of jack-ups and drillships in our industry, an experienced leadership team and highly-skilled, dedicated employees who are focused on operating safely and efficiently to exceed customer expectations.

We are one team, focused on one mission.



Summary of Position:

The Radio Operator handles all aspects of rig communication and assists with movement of personnel.


Duties and Responsibilities (shall include but not be limited to):

  • Perform emergency duties as per Station Bill and Emergency Procedures manual.
  • Effectively participate in the Stop Observe Act Report (SOAR) program, encourage active participation and input reported information into the system.
  • Comply with and effectively contribute to the continuous improvement of Rowan’s Management System (RMS), Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) related policies and procedures, and relevant authority regulatory requirements.
  • Maintain radio watch and monitor traffic on all communication systems.
  • Advise Offshore Installation Manager (OIM) of any emergency situations in vicinity of installation.
  • Ensure the fixed radio communications system and portable radio equipment, including lifeboats, is maintained in working order; ensure surveys are carried out.
  • Follow procedures required for helicopter administration and maintain close contact with heli base, operator’s representative and Rowan onboard management.
  • Assist with Helicopter Landing Officer’s (HLO) duties and responsibilities.
  • Keep OIM and HLO advised on helicopter schedule and routing.
  • Work with camp boss and allocate personnel to room, bunk, lifeboat and muster station.
  • Keep Safety Training Coordinator (STC) or Medic advised of departures and arrivals to facilitate heli briefing and inductions.
  • Maintain installation Persons On Board (POB) documentation and update muster lists after each crew change.
  • Perform all work according to agreed expectations of both internal and external customers, focus on doing things right the first time, every time, and contribute actively to continual improvement  activities.
  • Comply with company’s Code of Conduct.
  • Man the radio room and follow OIM instructions during emergencies.
  • Handle all emergency communication traffic in accordance with Rowan procedures and recognized maritime procedures.
  • Plan work before work commences and manage hazards effectively.
  • Oversee and/or perform rig communication, including routine communication to the rig.
  • Ensure that appropriate communication equipment is available and operable at all times.
  • Maintain proper records relating to communication and usage of communication equipment.
  • Assist Medic where necessary as liaison with shore based medical personnel.
  • Show active participation in Hazard Management and Stop Work activities.
  • Effectively contribute to Management of Change and Non-Conformance Management through compliance with Change and Non-Conformance Procedures.
  • Assist Training department with administration and coordination of training courses as required.
  • Monitor weather.
  • Monitor fire and gas panel; notify Person in Charge (PIC) of any potential issues.
  • Monitor marine operations, boat arrivals and departures.
  • Log rig move events.
  • Maintain ship logs with daily activities.
  • Assist with clerical work as directed.
  • Maintain handover document on completion of tour for reference by relief.
  • Maintain rig based training records in Learning Management System.
  • Assist with personnel logistics.
  • Actively participate in weekly safety meetings and contribute with relevant points.
  • Participate in document revisions as required.
  • Assist in the mentoring process in accordance with the Rowan Mentoring Program as required.
  • Conduct formal and informal performance appraisals, which include measuring performance (as applicable).
  • Demonstrate leadership through personal responsibility and accountability.
  • Participate in Competence Program.
  • Develop employees with regards to radio communications as required.
  • Liaise with helicopter staff.
  • Liaise with customer representatives and logistics personnel.
  • Liaise with outside agencies to deal with rig based emergencies as necessary.


Essential Skills

  • Strong verbal English communication skills in order to liaise with Rig Personnel, Office Logistics, Pilots and Supply Boat Captains.
  • IT skills including Word, Excel, Outlook and Database Systems.
  • Able to respond to and communicate under pressure especially during Emergency Response Situations.


Desired Qualifications:

  • Experience in offshore, military or marine VHF communication
  • GMDSS Operators Certificate (training will be provided)




Rowan Drilling Middle East
ARO Drilling

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Saudi Arabia (OFFSHORE)

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