I was suprised to find when browsing the p&o website that they are recruiting for a finance manager on board there ships. I was always under the impression that the accountants and finance managers would be land based.
Is this type of position often found on all cruise lines?
The Chief Purser is responsible for all money onboard the vessel (including end-of-voyage balancing with concessionaires)...also, he/she clears the ship in/out of all ports of call. I guess it all depends on the ship and the cruise line.
FINANCE OFFICER - may mean Chief Purser or probably Purser for FINANCE (which is the equivalent to the 1st PURSER). Of course, it depends on the Cruise Line. Different strokes for different folks. In the past, I was a Night Auditor and the I was directly under the 1st Purser. Anyway, I do hope you guys make it in. GOOD LUCK !!!
You may check out "TIGER's" posting above, dated 20 August. As for my former position as NIGHT AUDITOR in 2 ships...basically, I audit or go thru all the expenditures (receipts) incurred by all Guests (Passengers) and Ship Officers / Managers of the ship. So, if there are 2,500 Guests for that particular Cruise and they would average 5 receipts per Guest...then probably you shall have a fair idea of how many receipts I do have to go through every single night. Also, normally, Night Auditors work from 10 PM to 8AM the next morning. I also assist the other Pursers in dealing with various forms of complaints from the Guests. Don't worry, regardless of what position you shall be in ... its never a dull moment for the entire duration of your contract. So, pray that they give you only a 6 month contract and not a 10 month contract. In summary, working onboard Cruise Ships can be HELL for the weaklings... and manageable for the WISE. So, now ask yourself ... under which category do I belong to? Think it over wisely, Mate...